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Please submit you comments on proposed WC Interpreter Fee Schedule by Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:00pm

Comments must be submitted by email to DWCForums@dir.ca.gov.

 

SB 863 that was passed in 2012 callled for the creation of an Interpreter Fee Schedule. The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has begun this process with a forum where we may all comment on what is proposed. 

When the forum is closed, the DWC will review the comments and begin the Formal Rulemaking Process. This will consist of releasing proposed regulations followed by a comment period and public hearing. After the DWC reviews the comments they will either post revisions and open it up for another public hearing and comment period or finalize the fee schedule. The can revise the proposed fee schedule as many times as needed.  

Thee fee scheule is comming weather we want it or not. When drafting a comments it is imporatnt to keep in mind that the DWC listened to many of the comments we have made in the past. Requiring certification, making provisions for when a certified and a non-certified show up that the certified interpreter gets to stay and requiring non-certified interpreters to state what  ecthical credentials they may have. From the proposal, it is clear that the DWC has a limited understanding of the practical application of these regulations. This is where we come in. We are the experts in our industry and it is up to us to tell them what will not work about this proposal and why. We must offer solutions and keep in mind that all these regulations are intended ensure the injured worker has access to certified interpreters. 

Comments must be submitted by email to DWCForums@dir.ca.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018.

DWC Posts Proposed Interpreter Fee Schedule Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment

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Newsline No.: 2018-27                                                      Date: April 2, 2018

 

DWC Posts Proposed Interpreter Fee Schedule Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment

 

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted proposed interpreter fee schedule regulations to its online forum where members of the public may review and comment on the proposals. The draft regulations include:

 

  • An objective, uniform fee structure based on the federal court system. Higher rates are paid for certified interpreters over provisionally certified, to encourage use of certified interpreters. 
  • Reduction in double billing fees for multiple interpretations during the same time slot.
  • Detailed invoice information and billing codes. The independent bill review procedure will be required to quickly resolve disputes over bill amounts.
  • An emphasis on the use of qualified interpreters. Specific documentation of efforts to obtain a certified interpreter is required to ensure that the injured worker is provided with a qualified interpreter.
  • Requirements clarifying the selection and arrangement of interpreters.
  • New credentialing identification requirements.

 

The organizations approved to certify interpreters remains unchanged from the current regulations. For hearings and depositions, an interpreter must be listed as a certified interpreter on either the State Personnel Board or California Courts websites. For medical treatment or medical-legal evaluations, the interpreter must be either certified for hearings and depositions, certified as a medical interpreter by the California Department of Human Resources, or has a current certification or credential in specific languages by either the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters or the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters.

 

The forum can be found on the DWC forums web page under “current forums.” Comments will be accepted on the forum until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018.

 

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