Injured Workers’ Advocates Call for Action in Response to National Reporting of Delays and Denials of Medical Care: Reduce UR and IMR Denials 

CAAA PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546, Steve@hopcraft.com; Twitter: @shopcraft

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians injured on the job, today responded to the latest reports in a national series of articles by National Public Radio documenting delays and denials of physicians’ recommended medical care by workers’ compensation insurers. 

CAAA President Bernardo de la Torre called for action by the Brown Administration. “Tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of injured workers have had their medical care denied by utilization review and IMR. When the system doesn’t work for injured workers, it can have devastating consequences and require families to go on public assistance. These workers deserve better and collectively we all have a duty to fix problems that arise.”

“This is medical treatment usually recommended by the company’s own chosen doctor in their Managed Provider Network. This has real impacts on injured workers, and real consequences to employers who are waiting to have their employees return to work,” said de la Torre. “We look forward to hearing how those responsible for running the workers’ compensation insurance system will respond to these reports.”

Here is a link to the National Public Radio story on workers’ compensation insurance delays and denials of recommended medical treatment: 
http://www.npr.org/2015/03/30/395765942/employers-and-insurers-gain-control-in-workers-compensation-disputes  


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