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Emergency co-legal telehealth rules extended



The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Wednesday an extension of emergency rules allowing remote medical-legal evaluations intended to give qualified medical evaluators and injured workers more flexibility to schedule exams during the pandemic.

The rules, which were set to expire on Tuesday, were extended through January 18, 2023, which is the last time the rules can be re-enacted in an emergency.

The DWC said in a statement that the emergency regulations help injured workers and employers continue to move their workers’ compensation claims toward resolution and avoid further and unnecessary delays by addressing how medico-legal evaluations can proceed during this emergency period.

The DWC has also begun the process to adopt permanent rules allowing remote medical degrees and is holding a public hearing in November.

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