Extends provisions relating to the rates of payment for the treatment and care of injured employees by two years.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 517 of the laws of 2011, amending the workers' compensation law relating to the rates of payment for the treatment and care of injured employees, in relation to extending the provisions thereof
PURPOSE: This bill would provide for the continuation of reimbursement for certain medical treatments under the workers compensation system in the event the federal government changes the codes associated with such treatments.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would provide for the continuation of reimbursement to medical providers for certain kinds of medical care in the event that the federal government changes the codes for those medical treatments. The codes are in statute and would become moot if re-coded at the federal level. The bill would provide for continued use of the current codes until promulgation of the new codes. Reimbursement would then be linked to those new codes.
JUSTIFICATION: Back injuries are a common problem for injured employees seeking benefits from the Workers' Compensation program. For many diagnoses, spinal fusion surgery is the recommended treatment for such individuals and results in superior outcomes than other treatments. In most cases, the Use of spinal implants is the preferable method of performing fusion surgery and has become the medical standard of care. From a financial standpoint, however, performing fusion surgery with implants involves a higher surgical cost, that cost is more than recouped in saving derived from a shorter hospital stay, more effective rehabilitation and better results. The ability of the patient to return to work sooner presents additional savings for employers and insurers with a Workers' Compensation injury or disability.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011: S.4559B - Similar - Signed Chapter 517 of the Laws of 2011.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6806 IN SENATE March 23, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend chapter 517 of the laws of 2011, amending the workers' compensation law relating to the rates of payment for the treatment and care of injured employees, in relation to extending the provisions thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2 of chapter 517 of the laws of 2011 relating to the rates of payment for the treatment and care of injured employees, is amended to read as follows: S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after April 1, 2011, and shall expire on April 1,
2014 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15066-01-2