Louisiana government regulators are updating the rates that medical providers can charge to treat injured workers, according to a report in the Louisiana Illuminator.
Louisiana Workforce Commission officials told state lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday that the medical charges are 27 years old. The outdated fee schedule does not take into account new procedures or the trend of more procedures being performed in outpatient settings, according to the report.
Suppliers can collect up to 90% of what they invoice for procedures not included in a fee schedule, which State Representative Larry Frieman
At the same time, the out-of-date fee schedule can also result in underpayments for certain procedures.
The Commission works with an independent non-profit organization to collect medical billing data to update the labor cost schedule. The agency has no timeline for when it will complete the update, but officials said they are in the first of three phases of the project.
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