Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of the of the California DIR and DWC’s progress report on the continuing implementation of Independent Medical Review (IMR).
The report examines the progress of IMR following its implementation in July 2013, and noted that DIR and DWC have taken steps to improve IMR completion times (which were reduced from 56 days in late 2014 to 10 days by mid-2015); made enhancements to the program like prioritizing electronic filing of medical records; and began to collect and analyze data to improve evidence-based medical decisions and outcomes for injured workers. The report card also notes that drugs remain the most common treatment category in dispute (49% in 2015), the most requested drugs remained opioids (at 32% of total pharmaceuticals).
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