April 1, 2016 Related Topics: Fee Schedules
Policymakers have always focused on the impact fee schedules have on access to care as well as utilization of services. This study shines a light on an issue that policymakers and other system stakeholders might not be thinking of, which is that physicians may call an injury work-related in order to receive a higher reimbursement for care he or she provides to the patient.
According to previously published WCRI research, in many states, workers’ compensation pays higher prices than group health. Currently, 43 states have physician fee schedules that set maximum prices for health care providers to be paid, and the established fee schedule rates vary widely across states.
Do Higher Fee Schedules Increase the Number of Workers' Compensation Cases? Olesya Fomenko and Jonathan Gruber. April 2016. WC-16-21.
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