I encourage all California injured workers to become knowledgeable with the above proposed regulations.
Beginning July 1st for all dates of injury, if you receive a utilization review denial the next step after an appeal by your doctor or yourself is to request an IMR (paper review). This has to be done in writing. No longer will medical treatment disputes (unless disputed injury or body part) be resolved with the AME/QME process. You can and should request an independent medical review (IMR), which will be a paper review from a doctor (I hope it is a doctor). There are timeframes behind this.
This is the form to request an IMR. For dates of injury on or after 1/1/2013 you can submit now if needed. For all date of injury before 1/1/2013 this begins 7/1/2013.http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropReg...pplication.pdf