Workers’ Compensation

Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2021, Vol. 34, No. 1

A Closer Look at the New Med-Legal Fee Schedule

John P. Kamin, Esq.

Woodland Hills, California

California’s Office of Administrative Law recently approved a controversial set of amendments to the med-legal fee schedule that pays physicians higher fees for med-legal evaluations, effective April 1, 2021.

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) created the regulations after state auditor Elaine Howle determined in a November 2019 audit report that there was a shortage of qualified medical evaluators in the California workers’ compensation system. She also concluded that the DWC was not doing enough to ensure that QMEs are producing high-quality reports.

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