Six more medical providers have been suspended from operating in the state workers’ comp system by the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. These new suspensions bring the total suspended medical providers to thirty-eight. These suspensions stem from last year’s Assembly Bill 1244, which took major steps to reduce fraud in the workers’ comp system. The bill compelled the California Division of Workers’ Compensation to suspend medical providers who are convicted of “a felony or misdemeanor involving fraud or abuse of any patient, the Medi-Cal or Medicare programs, or the workers’ compensation system itself” (CA Department of Industrial Relations). In addition, the bill created a hearing process for the suspension and a special adjudication procedure to deal with pending liens of providers who have been suspended based on a criminal conviction.
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Acting Administrative Director, George Parisotto, ordered suspensions against the following medical providers: