The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council met in Madison on Tuesday to review a preliminary draft of this biennium’s “agreed-to” bill, which makes changes to the state’s worker’s compensation-related statutes and rules. The draft includes language that establishes a fee schedule for those providing worker’s compensation health care and lowers the range of charges that can be made for providing services. The Society is one of four health care liaisons to the WCAC – the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Wisconsin Chiropractic Association and Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association are the others – expressing grave concerns over such dramatic changes to the state’s worker’s compensation system.
The state’s Department of Workforce Development and members from both Labor and Management bargaining teams identified numerous technical changes they want made to the proposal, so final WCAC approval of the bill most likely will happen via teleconference next Thursday, January 23. After that the bills will be given Assembly and Senate bill numbers and then introduced into both houses. The Assembly and Senate Labor committees will schedule public hearings and possibly executive sessions for the bills.
The Society and the other health care liaisons continue to meet with legislators about our opposition to the fee schedule scheme; you can help by contacting your elected officials if you have concerns about prices you can charge being artificially set by the government. Verify contact information for your State Assembly Representative and State Senator here.
Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, for more information.
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