The California Workers & # 39; Compensation Institute reported on Wednesday that average payments for all comprehensive medical-legal evaluations increased by 67% under the new fee plan approved earlier this year, more than twice as high as the State Division of Workers & # 39; Compensation predicted.
"Initial data on the use and cost of medical legal services for California workers under the revised medical legal fee schedule that went into effect in April indicate that the increase in medical payments has exceeded the 25% increase expected by Division of Workers 'Compensation, "CWCI reported in a bulletin.
The increase in payments also exceeds the preliminary estimate of 22% from the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau presented at an actuarial committee meeting in April showing overall medical Legal payments can increase to approximately $ 469 million per year from $ 384 million.
Qualified medical evaluators and agreed medical evaluators received their first salary increase in 1
The new fee plan changed payment formulas for evaluations and reports.
The new fee plan combined combined these three service levels into a single code that pays a flat rate of $ 2,015, which includes reviewing up to 200 pages of records. The compensation rate for reviewing additional items is $ 3 per page.
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