For two years, RPNA’s Nick Roxborough has been leading the fight against the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC) underground rule-making, which is impacting hundreds of QMEs in California.
He recently filed an amended complaint with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, adding a new allegation that the DWC used underground rules relating to time spent on medical research as a basis to deny reappointment of six former QMEs.
Roxborough requested a writ from the court ordering the DWC to stop relying on the underground rules and to reinstate the QME status of the providers, pending a prompt reappointment hearing.
In a 12-page petition, he has also asked the WCAB to determine whether it has jurisdiction over claims of underground rule-making and, if it does, to prohibit the DWC from relying on rules that were not properly adopted.
For more details, you can read WorkCompCentral’s recent article titled “QMEs Allege Additional Underground Rules Limit Billing for Research Time.” [Subscription required]