The legislature is considering legislation based on proposals from the Workers Compensation Advisory Council. The proposals were developed Labor and Management representatives on the Council. But not all of the proposals share the support of the Council’s health care representatives, including a recommended fee schedule. Health care organizations will need to be even more active this session than last to again defeat the fee schedule proposal.
It is important to note that works compensation premiums have dropped – without a government mandated fee schedule. This year alone, employers received an 8.46 percent reduction in their worker’s compensation insurance premiums, saving employers an estimated $170 million. At the same time, Wisconsin’s health care system continues to lead the nation in outcomes with injured employees returning to work a full three weeks earlier than the national average. And health care costs per worker’s comp claim lower than the national average.
Your calls are needed to both the State Assembly and State Senate to explain why the proposed health care fee schedule could harm Wisconsin’s model worker’s compensation system. You can find your legislators contact information on the state legislature’s website.
Let your State Representative and State Senator know you are a physician in their district, serving patients who are also constituents and that you are opposed to an artificial fee schedule for a worker’s compensation system that provides the nation’s best care at a below-average worker’s compensation cost. Thank you for your time and action on this important issue.