Florida - Earlier this month, the Florida workers' compensation medical reimbursement oversight panel once again recommended an increase in medical fees for the state's workers' compensation program. The panel has recommended an increase in medical fees for several years, but the legislature has consistently refused to approve the recommendation that would likely cause increased costs for businesses and insurers in the state. The panel believes the increases are necessary to properly reimburse practitioners for treating workers' compensation. With the current rates, finding a doctor to handle a workers' comp injury is becoming increasingly harder for injured workers in the sunshine state.
New York - Just one month before the New York workers' compensation drug formulary is set to become effective for new prescriptions, the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) issued emergency regulation updates to the formulary. Last Tuesday, the WCB updated the drug formulary to allow for the prescribing of formulary medications in situations where there is no medical treatment guideline or for a condition associated with an accepted body part, but where it is not addressed by the guidelines.
Minnesota - A new report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute finds that although Minnesota has some of the highest doctor fees in the country, overall expenditures for medical services are lower in the state than other states examined. Minnesota has implemented several changes to their medical workers' compensation services that have increased medical spend, but also decreased utilization of physical medication, resulting in an overall cost savings.
Connecticut - Connecticut will join the growing list of states seeing a rate decrease for 2020. On Thursday, Insurance Commissioner Andrew Mais approved the state's sixth straight year of reductions with a 2.9% decrease for 2020. With the years of steady decreases, some businesses are challenging insurance companies claiming they have failed to appropriately reduce premiums as a result of the reduced costs.
Montana - Montana is just two months away from formally adopting the ODG workers' compensation drug formulary. Last week, the Department of Labor and Industry issued new proposed rules in order to update the version of the ODG the state will use come January. A final hearing on the rules will be held in December.
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