RPNA Wins Victory for California QMEs In Settlement Agreement with the California Department of Workers’ Compensation
LOS ANGELES, CA, April 24, 2018—The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) reached settlements in the cases Dr. Howard, et al. v. DIR, DWC, Christine Baker, et al. (collectively “DWC”) and Dr. Botros, et al. v. DWC, agreeing to abandon its interpretation of billing rules which the agency wrongfully imposed starting in 2016 and used to deny doctors reappointment as qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) without due process.
Multiple QMEs in Northern and Southern California were reappointed as a result of these settlements. QMEs are physicians appointed by the state to provide independent medical reviews for disputed workers’ comp claims in California.