The California Legislature passed a major amendment bill on Thursday that would have originally created a state network of medical staff but is now only setting up a working group to evaluate the idea.
A.B. 1465 was unanimously approved in its revised form, which would require the State Commission on Health and Safety and Labor Compensation to study delays and access to care issues in medical provider networks and provide specific information on claims and treatment to the legislature by January 1st. 2023.
The original language of the bill required the establishment of a California Medical Provider Network and would have enabled workers to choose to be treated through the state network or their employers' medical treatment network.
The California Workers' Compensation Institute, which conducted an analysis of the original legislation, predicted in April that creating an alternative provider network would cost the state at least $ 31