In San Diego on Tuesday Governor Brown signed SB 863 in hopes of creating more jobs by decreasing costs to employers in a new bill taking aim at overhauling the current workers' compensation system. "The 170-page bill changes how benefits are calculated for injured workers, speeds up processing claims and allows doctors to make most determinations on what’s treatment is a medical necessity. The measure also creates a binding arbitration process to resolve coverage disputes rather than chew up resources in court and eliminates coverage for conditions that most commonly lead to lawsuits, including insomnia and mental health problems. The measure also imposes safeguards to prevent double billing, the most common of which involves back injuries that cost the system $130 million annually."
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