senate Bill S2364

Permits any medical provider authorized by the workers' compensation board to treat injured workers

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 19 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO LABOR
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO LABOR

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2364
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Workers' Compensation Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S2364

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to
permitting any medical provider authorized by the workers'
compensation board to treat injured workers


PURPOSE :
To permit any medical provider authorized by the Workers' Compensation
Board to treat injured workers to perform diagnostic testing under all
circumstances provided they accept the designated carrier's published
fee for those services. If no fee schedule is published and submitted
to the Worker's Compensation Chair, the prevailing fee schedule will
apply.

EXISTING LAW :
Workers' compensation insurance carriers and self-insureds may enter
into private contracts with medical networks to provide diagnostic
testing to injured workers including x-rays, MRI, CAT scan, electrical
based tests, and other diagnostic screening tools. Previously, these
tests were performed by the patient's doctor, the provider to whom the
patient was referred by his/her physician, or the place where the
patient chose to go. This change limiting patient choice was included
as part of the Workers Compensation Reform Act of 2007.

JUSTIFICATION :
This legislation will reinstate patient choice in diagnostic testing
under the Workers' Compensation Law. Injured workers will once again
be able to receive diagnostic testing from their physicians, providers
referred by their doctors, or other providers of their choice.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2008: S.8474 Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This Act will take effect immediately.
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