New CA Workers' Comp Laws Aim to Reduce Fraud and Treatment Delays


In August 2015, the Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced that fully 17% of all liens filed between 2011 and 2015 against injured employees' claims for workers' compensation benefits-that's $600 million worth of liens-were filed by parties already convicted or under indictment for fraud under the workers' compensation system, Medi-Cal, or Medicare.

The California Legislature has been working for several years on legislation intended to reduce treatment delays for workers and to address issues of provider fraud and illegitimate liens. In late 2016, two new bills were enacted in an attempt to address these issues.

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