It is already in effect for dates of injury on or after Jan 2013. It will take effect for all dates of injury on July 1, 2013. Upon you receipt of a utilization review (UR) denial or modification, fill out and mail the request for independent medical review. The form must be included with the UR. If you are having difficulty with medical authorizations, you may seriously want to retain an attorney if you don't already have one.
Any person who makes or causes to be made any knowingly false or fraudeulent material statement or material represetation for the purpose of objtaining or denying wokres' compensation benefits or payments is guilty of a felony.
I agree with Mr. Rodriguez. For 2013 injuries, it's already in effect. For all other injuries, it goes into effect 07/01/2013. That's the short answer. I just got out of a 4 hour class on this topic (and will be attending another 4 hours next month) so the long answer is a whole lot longer. Trust me, you cannot navigate IMR on your own. It's time to start looking for a good WC attorney.
There are lots of good WC attorneys in OC. Find a good one here at www.avvo.com or at www.caaa.org. CAAA is the association for attorneys here in CA who represent injured workers.
IMR is on its way - be prepared for denial after denial with no recourse / if you are having difficulty now it's only going to be worse - the change takes place on July 1
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