Workers’ Compensation Medical Cost Containment: A National Inventory, 2015

By Ramona P. Tanabe

April 1, 2015 Related Topics: Fee Schedules, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Medical Costs, Provider Choice, Workers’ Compensation Medical Cost Containment

This study provides policymakers and system stakeholders with an inventory of the cost containment initiatives employed by 51 jurisdictions. This study updates the tables from the previous edition with the statutory provisions, administrative rules, and administrative procedures as of January 1, 2015. However, it does not provide written explanations of the initiatives in use by each state.

The report contains key features of each state’s cost containment initiatives, including  

  • medical fee schedules;
  • regulation of hospital charges;
  • choice of provider;
  • treatment guidelines;
  • utilization review/management;
  • managed care;
  • pharmaceutical regulations;
  • urgent care and ambulatory surgery center fee schedules; and
  • medical dispute regulations.

These initiatives aim to curb the cost of a particular service or to reduce the amount of services provided. Cost containment regulatory initiatives entail a balancing act of limiting the cost of services and inappropriate or unnecessary treatment without negatively affecting the quality of treatment or access to care for injured workers.

Workers' Compensation Medical Cost Containment: A National Inventory, 2015. Ramona P. Tanabe. April 2015. WC-15-27.


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