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Utilization Review & IMR: True Impact on Injured Workers/Employers by Joseph Patrico

In the fall of 2014, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) issued two decisions which drastically streamlined the medical treatment dispute resolution process and created a series of bright line rules. The decisions have drastically reduced the frequency of medical treatment decisions being made by Workers’ Compensation Judges (WCJs). However, the net effect may be an upward spike in administrative costs for employers, with being less treatment for injured workers and a legislative backlash.

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