Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California DWC’s recent announcement of the launch of an optional electronic filing pilot program for physicians to submit the Form 5021 Doctor’s First Report of Occupational Illness or Injury (DFR) online.
The DWC noted that physicians who treat an injured worker are required by the Labor Code to file, within five days after initial examination, a complete report of occupational injury or occupational illness with the employer’s insurer or with the employer if self-insured. Currently the forms are only available on paper. The pilot is available on a voluntary basis for physicians who agree to send their reports to DWC electronically rather than filing paper forms. Large volume filers such as hospitals are also invited, and the DWC plans to require electronic reporting in the future, with the goal of phasing out paper filing.
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