Report: Workers' comp costs may rise as obesity is labeled a disease

08/8/2013 | Business Insurance (tiered subscription model)

Costs of workers' compensation claims could jump following the American Medical Association's decision to classify obesity as a disease, according to a report from the California Workers' Compensation Institute. Workers' comp costs typically include only what is treated with expectation of reimbursement, the institute said, but that could change "if medical providers feel a greater responsibility to counsel obese patients about their weight -- especially if there is a greater likelihood that they will be reimbursed for doing so -- or if treatment for a compensable injury causes significant weight gain," the institute says.

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