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Sending two more workers compensation bills to California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week, on Wednesday the California Senate passed a bill that would give the Division of Workers’ Compensation more time to complete its analysis of medical treatment utilization reviews and the Assembly passed amendments in a measure that would bolster efforts to fight insurance fraud.
A.B. 2848 would require the DWC to finish its study of the UR provisions exempting some early medical treatments from prospective utilization review by July 1, 2023, extending that which was required in previously passed legislation. The bill included a provision that allowed members of an employer’s medical provider network to provide certain treatments without prospective UR in the first 30 days of treatment.
A.B. 1681 would clarify conditions under which the representatives from the Department of Insurance can meet with prosecutors, carriers and self-insured employers to discuss potential fraud with conditional immunity for libel and slander.
Also on Wednesday, the Senate voted to pass A.B. 1643, which would create an advisory committee to study the effects of heat on workers, businesses and the economy. The bill must return to the lower chamber for concurrence in amendments made while the bill was in the Senate.
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