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The New York Workers’ Compensation Board is proposing a medical fee schedule that would increase payments by 5% overall to improve access to medical care for injured workers by attracting more providers.
The proposed fee schedule would affect medical, podiatry, chiropractic, and psychological treatment, according to an announcement posted on the comp board’s website Wednesday. Areas with shortages of medical providers authorized to treat injured workers may see further increases over the 5% proposed “to potentially raise the number of authorized providers for injured workers,” according to details on the fee schedule.
There have been no increases in the fees paid to medical providers who treat injured workers in New York state since 1996, according to the proposal.
“Access to quality medical care for injured workers is of utmost importance for a healthy workers compensation system,” said Clarissa M. Rodriguez, the state’s workers compensation board chair, in a statement Thursday. “These new fees will ensure providers in New York receive fair and reasonable reimbursement for prompt, quality treatment to our injured workers. This can also bring more providers into the system, another benefit to injured workers.”
The board is also considering the adoption of a universal claim form to reduce workers compensation claims paperwork, development of an online medical portal, and an expansion of the types of providers authorized to treat injured workers, according to the statement.
The board will accept comments from the public until Aug. 6.
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