Medicare changes weaken workers' comp medical fee schedules

The medical cost containment measure in workers' compensation systems is becoming ineffective because of changes to Medicare reimbursement processes, according to a study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. "To maintain the effectiveness of medical fee schedules, workers compensation [systems] might consider using Medicare billing approaches for hospital stays and ambulatory services, but in doing so should adapt Medicare models to workers compensation priorities," the NCCI said.

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