Employee Relations 11/16/2012
DIR Releases Additional SB 863 Implementation Regulations
The Department of Industrial Relations has released draft
regulations regarding supplemental
job displacement vouchers and predesignating
chiropractors as primary treating physicians.
Counties will recall that Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 863 (Chapter 363, Statutes of 2012) in early September, the CSAC-supported workers’ compensation reform measure that, among other things, increased permanent disability benefits to injured workers while making necessary administrative and procedural changes within the system.
As SB 863 requires certain aspects of the measure to be in effect next year, DIR intends to adopt several of the regulations on an emergency basis to ensure that they take effect January 1, 2013. The emergency regulations include the implementation of the lien filing fee, the Independent Medical Review (IMR) and Independent Bill Review (IBR) processes and changes to the maximum amount and eligibility changes for supplemental job displacement vouchers.
DIR has only released the aforesaid draft regulations as well as regulations for the implementation of the ambulatory surgery center fee schedule and of the inpatient hospital fee schedule. Draft regulations are expected soon for the lien filing fee, IMR and IBR. You may view DIR’s timeline of implementation here.
CSAC is working closely with other stakeholders to review, discuss and provide feedback to DIR regarding the implementation of SB 863. We will keep you apprised of further action taken.