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Illinois workers compensation medical fee schedule rates are set to increase 1.7% next year, the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission said.
The fee schedule change will be effective Jan. 1, 2015, the commission said Monday in an update on its website. The updated rates for various medical services, which are tied to changes in the national consumer price index, are expected to be posted online by the end of this year.
Illinois implemented a 30% reduction in the state's workers comp medical fee schedule in 2011 as part of a workers comp reform package.
The 2011 reduction has contributed to Illinois workers comp medical fees being 38.17% lower than national medical inflation since the fee schedule was implemented in 2006, the commission said.
Illinois businesses will see a 5.5% cut in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, a spokesman for the state said Tuesday.