California’s New Medical-Legal Fee Schedule
The Hon. Robert G. Rassp
Los Angeles, California
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and are not the opinions of The State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation, or the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
The California Office of Administrative Law approved the new medical-legal fee schedule for workers’ compensation cases on March 30, 2021. This article summarizes the new fee schedule and provides some commentary on the potential consequences of the new regulations and how they might affect the practice of workers’ compensation law and medical-legal evaluations. The new regulations are in 8 CCR sections 9793 through 9795. Section 9793 has definitions; section 9794 provides the mandate for reimbursement for medical-legal examination and reports, including the payment and collection procedures and IBR requirements; and section 9795 is the actual fee schedule.