The MedRisk Blog
During 2017 the New York legislature considered several bills to improve injured workers’ access to high-quality health care. AB 7544 would require the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to annually revise the rate schedule for health care rendered under the workers’ compensation system.
On a separate but related topic, AB 1419 would require telehealth service expenses to be included as covered expenses within the provisions of the workers’ compensation law. Further, SB 833 would establish a task force to conduct a study on the advisability of utilizing telehealth within the workers’ compensation system.
The Wisconsin legislature declined to pass an agreed-upon bill proposed by the Wisconsin WC Advisory Council which would have adopted a fee schedule for medical services delivered to WC claimants. By tradition, bills drafted by the Advisory Council, composed of management and labor representatives, are passed without substantive amendments.
Although Wisconsin WC medical services are priced very high compared to other states, which is typical of charge-based systems in the six states without fee schedules, Wisconsin medical costs per claim are moderate because of low utilization. As a consequence, business community support for a fee schedule has been tepid. Further, the proposed fee schedule mechanism, based on in-state average payments made by group health and self-insured health plans, appeared complex and expensive to create and maintain.
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