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Posted on: May 21, 2018

What's worse: the customer illnesses resulting from eating at Chipotle, the marketing flop of their new cheese dip, their stock price tanking, the turmoil in their executive leadership, or...

An employee at Chipotle got injured at work. She filed a Workers' Compensation claim. Chipotle responded by accusing her of stealing $600 and firing her. A jury just awarded the woman Chipotle fired $8 million for defamation.

The whole enchilada can be found here.

CAAA IN ACTION

On Wednesday, May 16, CAAA submitted comments to the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) addressing concerns with the newly-proposed revisions to the Medical-Legal Fee Schedule, mainly stating that doctors must be adequately compensated for their expertise and time involved in preparing reports on complex claims.

Failure to do so would lead to such negative consequences as inadequate apportionment analyses (harming employers), inadequate Almaraz/Guzman and causation analyses (harming workers), increased disputes and increased frictional costs from litigation (harming the system).

CAAA also argued that cutting payments to evaluating physicians would be counterproductive to improving QME access and reporting, which should be a primary focus of the DWC, and that changes to the fee schedule should be made only after the public has had access to a 2017 RAND study commissioned by the DIR that included recommendations on said fee schedule.

CAAA concluded that this misguided attempt would degrade the quality of medical evidence and drive more doctors out of the QME practice, thereby harming the very injured workers the system is supposed to protect.

To view CAAA'S comments in full, click here.