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DWC Announces In-Person Trials Starting March 21, 2022

Posted by Sure S. Log on Mar 10, 2022 12:24:48 PM

On March 9, 2022, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced that in-person hearings will resume starting March 21, 2022, at almost all of the DWC district offices. The only exceptions are Eureka, which is now a completely virtual office, and satellite locations Bishop, Marysville, Chico and Ukiah, which also will remain virtual.

The in-person hearings apply only to trials, lien trials, expedited hearings and special adjudication unit (SAU) trials. The DWC will continue to telephonically hear all mandatory settlement conferences, priority conferences, status conferences, SAU conferences and lien conferences via the individually assigned judges’ conference lines.

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Topics: COVID-19, Division of Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Hearings, Workers Compensation, Special Adjudication Unit, Trials

MPN Access Standards If an Employee Chooses to Treat with a Specialist

Posted by Sure S. Log on Sep 21, 2021 10:00:00 AM

For a medical provider network (MPN) to be valid, it must offer access and a certain degree of choice for the injured worker. Labor Code 4616(a)(1) states, "The provider network shall include an adequate number and type of physicians, as described in Section 3209.3, or other providers, as described in Section 3209.5, to treat common injuries experienced by injured employees based on the type of occupation or industry in which the employee is engaged..." It also requires an MPN to include physicians based on "the geographic area where the employees are employed."

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Topics: Workers Compensation, MPN, PTP