The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has set forth some proposed changes to the Medical-Legal Fee Schedule (MLFS) that have stirred a little bit of controversy. Comments on the DWC Forum have been mostly negative, and many stakeholders have strong opinions about the potential impact the amendments could have to the process for Qualified…

Back in May of 2018, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) proposed some amendments to the Medical-Legal Fee Schedule (MLFS), and some of those could have a significant effect on how Qualified Medical Evaluators (QMEs) do their jobs. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger proposed changes to the California Code of…

Social media is no longer just a tool to connect. Popular social network sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have now also become a treasure trove for information. Many people freely share data and information on their profiles or on their specific posts. And though privacy has become a talking point on social media, there…

There’s been much said about the physician burnout problem in healthcare. This is linked in part to the fact that doctors are doing more documentation work than ever before due to the compliance with the electronic health record (EHR). Physicians, studies say, are spending as much as 55% percent of their work day on the…

Social media has become an important tool in today’s time, especially when it comes to investigations. In the legal field, social media has become a part of the discovery phase in litigation. In insurance claims, insurers have also turned to Facebook and the like in an attempt to find as much information on potential fraudulent…

Artificial intelligence (AI) in business is becoming more common and will continue to do in the years to come – a 2017 survey by Spiceworks estimated that 13 percent of participating companies already adopted AI technology and predicted that number to rise to 30 percent this year – but one field that may benefit greatly…

The problems with the primary care system is well-documented and shows that the brunt of the burden has been shouldered by the physicians themselves. More and more of our doctors are suffering from burnout, and the care they are able to provide their patients is dipping as a result. A surprisingly simple solution to this?…

Physician burnout is a huge problem plaguing more than half of doctors today, according to certain studies. Aside from the health risks to the doctors themselves, this is a problem that is now affecting patients directly, with burnout leading to a higher likelihood of medical errors. But one study, published in the Journal of the…

In Los Angeles, there is something known as the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), a program that allows retirement-age police officers and firefighters to collect their pensions while continuing to work and receive paychecks, essentially getting twice the pay for the last few years of service. In theory, it makes sense. It allows for precincts…

The Trump administration has been determined to make improvements to the American health care system. And they are beginning to make progress on that front. Their stated goal has been to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (or ACA). The ACA – or ‘Obamacare’ – had its positives but it also had its flaws….

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