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May 26, 2020, Oklahoma City- Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC)
The Oklahoma State Legislature has approved a proposed new workers’ compensation Medical Fee Schedule submitted by the Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) in House Joint Resolution (HJR) 1028. The new Fee Schedule will go into effect July 1, 2020.
The Medical Fee Schedule sets the maximum allowable rates of reimbursement for hospitals and medical services treating workers’ compensation injuries.
“This is the first update of the State’s Fee Schedule since 2012, and the first of what should become a regular, biannual update,” said Commissioner Jordan Russell, who shepherded the schedule through the update process. The 2020 Medical Fee Schedule is available on the WCC’s website 2020 Medical Fee Schedule. Questions about the new Fee Schedule can be emailed to .
“In 2019, the Legislature enabled us to contract with an objective, outside entity to review the maximum fees medical professionals can charge in work injury cases and to update the codes assigned to each medical procedure,” said Commissioner Mark Liotta, Chair of the WCC. Since September 2019, the WCC worked with consulting firm, FAIR Health, to review and update the Fee Schedule. To ensure an impartial review, FAIR Health developed a data-driven approach through regional and nationwide comparisons of Oklahoma’s existing rates. They compared market information from a variety of sources, including public and private payers.
“The WCC provided two 30-day public comment periods to gather information from community stakeholders and to ensure we heard from all affected parties,” said Commissioner Megan Tilly. The first public comment period was held to assess the previous Fee Schedule and to identify areas which needed improvement. The second public comment period was held to receive input regarding the proposed Fee Schedule before its adoption by the three commissioners of the WCC and submission to the Legislature. The new fee schedule was approved by Joint Resolution of both Houses of the Legislature, and it was signed by the Governor last week.
Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system was reformed in 2013, through the Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act (Act). The WCC became fully operational for work injury cases on or after February 1, 2014. The WCC provides a forum for work injury hearings and appeals, ensures compliance with relevant statutes by employers, and regulates organizations who wish to self-fund their workers’ compensation obligations.
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