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Management Representatives Proposer Worker’s Comp Fee Schedules

Tuesday, May 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
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At a May meeting of the Workers Compensation Advisory Council, members of the council representing management proposed the creation of fee schedule for medical services. The proposal is one of many proposals from both management and labor representatives. The council is tasked with crafting a bill to update worker’s compensation law every two years. The proposals are the first part of that process.

Specifically, management representatives recommend a fee schedule with rates set at 150 percent of Medicare rates. The rates would then change each year to reflect the medical consumer price index. According to Wisconsin Health News, the proposal is different from a similar proposal four years, which was based on rates for procedures negotiated by group health plans. That proposal did not become law.

The goal of the proposal is to contain the cost of worker’s compensation. 40 other states currently have fee schedules. However, critics say the current system is successful and there is no need for a fee schedule. “The value of the current worker’s comp system as it exists is by just about every measure fantastic,” Mark Grapentine, Wisconsin Medical Society Senior Vice President, told Wisconsin Health News.

In order for the proposal to be part of the council’s final bill, it will have to survive a series of negotiations over the coming months between management and labor. It is unclear at the time if it will make it through negotiations, which begin at the next council meeting on June 13.

A full list of management proposals can be found here. Similarly, labor proposals can be found here.

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