The California Division of Workers' Compensation has proposed QME training requirements that are expected to improve the quality of Med-Legal reporting and provide worthwhile educational opportunities for physicians.
The changes include, but are not limited to the following:
- 6 hours of in-person QME training, replacing the distance learning option;
-evaluators would need to declare under the penalty of perjury that they did not discriminate against any parties involved in the evaluation;
-completion of a 16-hour course in a disability evaluation report writing before being appointed as a QME **(under current regulations they are only required to attend a 12-hour course. the additional 4 hours would include a 2-hour session for review of WC case law and 2-hour session on anti-bias training)
-16 hours of continuing education every 24 months (under current regulations, QMEs only need to earn 12 hours of continuing educations credits every 2 years)
There has been some criticism to the proposed changes, but others feel they are "generally harmless" and are hopeful in improving QME report quality problems.
“These proposed changes will help injured workers and all practitioners in the system,” Worley said. “All the focus has been on billing and the med-legal fee schedule these past two to three years, so I appreciate they are now looking at these issues.”