Workers’ Compensation

Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2020, Vol. 33, No. 2

California’s Troubled QME System: You Get What You Pay For

Julius Young, Esq.

Oakland, California

California’s QME system is troubled. Several studies have documented declining numbers of QMEs. Report quality remains a major concern among lawyers and judges. QME availability problems often lead to repeated requests for replacement panels. The DWC has struggled to settle on a new fee schedule. What are we to make of this, and where are we headed?

First, let us take a macro look at medical-legal costs within the California system.

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