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Physicians urged to call lawmakers to prevent worker’s comp fee schedule

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) has launched a significant effort to impose a fee schedule on worker’s compensation-related health care services, and the Wisconsin Medical Society is calling on physicians to voice their opposition.

In a Legislative Alert that was e-mailed to members today, Mark Grapentine, JD, outlined the facts and data surrounding the issue and asked members to contact their legislators to explain why the proposed fee schedule could harm Wisconsin’s model Worker’s Compensation (WC) system.

“The state’s WC system works fantastically well when it comes to health care: workers have free choice to get care where they want, they’re happy with that care, and not coincidentally they return to work an average of three weeks faster than the national average. That’s better for the worker who returns to productivity, better for the employer who regains a healthy worker and is a definite testament to the health care you all provide,” said Grapentine, the Society’s senior vice president of Government Relations.

The proposed fee schedule is part of the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council’s “agreed-to” bill for this session. Historically, “agreed-to” bills have been noncontroversial and therefore gain swift legislative approval. However, the 2013-2014 legislative session included a fee schedule proposal, faced vigorous opposition from the health care community and died in committee. This session’s proposal will require similar health care efforts to defeat the fee schedule proposal.

More information about this biennium’s “agreed-to” bill is in this Oct. 12 Medigram story.

Call your legislators today!

  1. Click here to find their contact info.
  2. Tell them you are a physician who is also a constituent, and you oppose a Worker’s Compensation (WC) fee schedule.
  3. Tell them that a fee schedule could harm Wisconsin’s model WC system.
  4. Remind them that in Wisconsin:
    • WC claim costs are lower overall than other states.
    • Injured workers return to work an average of three weeks faster than the national average.
  5. If they have questions and you aren’t sure how to answer, refer them to Mark Grapentine for additional information.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations Department if you have questions our would like more information.

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