Lawmakers Push Bill To Bar Convicted Providers From Treating Workers
The measure's author, Assemblyman Adam Gray, noted key findings from the recent news stories: Prosecutors have filed charges in cases totaling $1 billion in alleged fraud and touching on the care of more than 100,000 injured workers.
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California Bill Could Protect Injured Workers From Convicted Providers
California lawmakers are advancing a bill that would bar medical providers who’ve been convicted of felonies from treating injured workers. The bill would require the state Department of Industrial Relations to ban medical providers who have also been stripped of a medical license or excluded from Medicare or Medi-Cal for a fraud-related offense. Citing a recent investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, bill author Assemblyman Adam Gray, a Merced Democrat, told the Senate labor committee on June 29 that the state needs to stop letting people care for injured workers after they are locked out of other government health programs. (Jewett, 7/13)