Maryland Workers' Comp Commission Proposes Changes Of Medical And Surgical Fees

                               Baltimore, MD (CompNewsNetwork) - The Workers' Compensation Commission proposes to amend Regulations .01 and .04, and adopt new Regulation .09 under COMAR 14.09.03 Guide of Medical and Surgical Fees. This action was considered at a public meeting on December 9, 2010, notice of which was given by publication in 37:24 Md. R. 1705 (November 19, 2010) pursuant to State Government Article, §10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland. The purpose of this action is to establish a uniform fee or pricing schedule for reimbursing prescription drugs required to treat an injured covered employee irrespective of the identity of the person or entity that dispenses the prescription drug. Specifically, the pharmaceutical fee schedule is designed to eliminate the existing disparity in reimbursement rates between physician-dispensed and pharmacy-dispensed prescriptions by establishing a single reimbursement rate tied to the average wholesale price (“AWP”) for brand drugs and to the generic equivalent average price (“GEAP”) for generic drugs. Comments may be sent to Amy S. Lackington, Administrator, Workers' Compensation Commission, 10 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, or call 410-864-5300, or email to alackington@wcc.state.md.us, or FAX to 410-864-5301. Comments will be accepted through February 28, 2011.
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