June 1, 2012 Related Topics: Fee Schedules
As policymakers from across the country search for ways to contain rising medical costs in the workers’ compensation arena, one tool that is often considered is a medical fee schedule.
Since the construction of a medical fee schedule involves a delicate balance of tradeoffs, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released this study to highlight some of the most important design choices that public officials face in adopting, reforming, and updating a fee schedule, and to show how the 43 states with physician fee schedules have resolved these choices, as of July 2011.
These Choices Include:
In addressing the different design choices, the study also provides the inter- and intrastate comparisons of the workers’ compensation fee schedule rates that illustrate the realization of the fee schedule design options. Additionally, the state- and service group-level comparisons of the workers’ compensation fee schedules answer a common question that policymakers and stakeholders ask: “How does my state compare to other states?”
Designing Workers’ Compensation Medical Fee Schedules. WC-12-19. June 2012.
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