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The Workers Compensation Action Network today made the following statement regarding action by the California Department of Industrial Relations and Division of Workers Compensation to suspend seven medical providers from treating workers compensation patients because they have been convicted of fraud or suspended from the Medicare or Medicaid program for fraud or abuse.
The statement may be attributed to Jerry Azevedo, spokesperson for the Workers Compensation Action Network. He can be reached at 916-475-2437.
The DIRs full announcement can be accessed here: http://dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2017/2017-12.pdf
We commend the Department of Industrial Relations and Division of Workers Compensation for quickly utilizing new tools provided by the legislature last year to suspend fraudulent medical providers and prevent them from seeking payment through liens.
For too long, certain medical providers have treated Californias workers compensation system as their personal ATM, with no regard for Californias rules for treating injured workers, employer costs or the injured workers they are supposed to help.
Ridding Californias workers compensation system of fraudulent medical providers is a win for injured workers and employers who depend on responsible, quality medical care.
Californias workers compensation system is frequently criticized by doctors and lawyers for investing too much time and money into reviewing medical care, arguing that these reviews create barriers to care.
In an ideal world where every medical treatment is justified and proven to help an injured worker recover, such reviews would be unnecessary. The world of workers compensation, however, is far from ideal. These suspended providers remind us we need every tool at our disposal to stop those who exploit injured workers and jeopardize their health simply to line their own pockets.
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