Notable Changes to Medical Fee Schedule (2009)

The State Board of Workers' Compensation (SBWC) recently posted a list of notable changes to the 2009 Medical Fee Schedule. Some of these changes include:

  1. CPT Codes - CPT Codes were updated with code additions, deletions, and revisions in accordance with the AMA.
  2. IME Rates - Rates for Independent Medical Examinations have increased to $600.00 for the first hour, and $150.00 for each additional 15 minutes.
  3. Physician Testimony - Rates for physicians giving testimony have increased to $600.00 for the first hour and $150.00 for each additional 15 minutes.
  4. Emergency Transportation - Ambulance and Air Services have been added to the Fee Schedule.
  5. Non-Emergency Transportation - Reimbursements for non-emergency transportation have increased by 1.7%.
  6. Home Health Services - Hourly rates for home health services have increased by 1.7%.
  7. Medical Records Charges - Reimbursement for copies of medical records remains unchanged from 2008.
  8. Pharmaceutical Charges - Reimbursement for pharmaceuticals remain unchanged from 2008.

You can see other notable changes that have been made to the Medical Fee Schedule by visiting the SBWC's website.

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