SB 923 Fails: CA Work Comp Fee Schedule Unchanged

On Friday, September 9, 2011, the proposed Senate Bill 923 (de Leon) to change the California Workers’ Compensation fee schedule (OMFS) to a Medicare-based (RBRVS) system failed to pass the assembly floor. The bill was defeated on all three votes that evening with the final count of 24 Ayes, 33 Noes, with 23 Abstains.

Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of his or her employment. Existing law requires the administrative director, after public hearings, to adopt and revise periodically an official medical fee schedule that establishes reasonable maximum fees paid for medical services, other than physician services, and other prescribed goods and services in accordance with specified requirements. Existing law, notwithstanding the above provisions, further authorizes the administrative director, after public hearings, to adopt and revise, no less frequently than biennially, an official medical fee schedule for physician services, in accordance with specified requirements.

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