California’s Troubled QME System: You Get What You Pay For
Julius Young, Esq.
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.