More changes to the law continue to surface in California workers’ compensation. The DWC (Division of Workers’ Compensation) will hold a public hearing on April 17th in order to revise the official medical fee schedule for physician and non-physician practitioner services (physician fee schedule). This schedule can be found at California Code of Regulations (title 8, section 9789.12.1 through 9289.19).
The changes proposed to the physician fee schedule would get rid of the use of the average statewide geographic adjustment factor, while adopting Medicare’s MSA-based and locality-based Geographic Practice Cost Indices (GPCIs). This change would be expected to improve “payment allowance accuracy” by evaluating costs/resources based on specific geographic areas where services are provided.
Location and time: April 17th – The hearing will be at 10AM at the Elihu Harris State Building (1515 Clay Street, Oakland 94612). Individuals may submit written comments/remarks regarding the proposed changes up until 5PM that day.
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