Existing law establishes a workers' compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of the employee's employment. Existing law requires the employer to provide medical, surgical, chiropractic, acupuncture, and hospital treatment, as specified, that is reasonably required to cure or relieve the injured worker from the effects of the worker's injury. Existing law also requires the employer to reimburse the employee for the employee's medical-legal expenses, as specified. Existing law requires the administrative director to adopt and revise a fee schedule for medical-legal expenses and requires the fee schedule to consist of a series of procedure codes, relative values, and a conversion factor to produce the fees that provide remuneration to physicians performing the medical-legal evaluations, as provided. This bill would require the conversion factor to be at least $18.75. The bill would require the administrative director to increase the conversion factor quarterly, as necessary, to reflect any increase in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for medical care, as specified. The bill would also require the administrative director, on or before January 15, 2020, to assign a reasonable relative value, greater than zero, for a missed or failed appointment for a comprehensive or follow-up medical-legal evaluation and for a review of medical records associated with a missed or failed appointment. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
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From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
Died pursuant to Art. IV, Sec. 10(c) of the Constitution.
From printer. May be heard in committee August 11.
Read first time. To print.
Introduced pursuant to Joint Rule 54.
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