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Fee Schedules Reduce Payments for Hospital Outpatient Surgeries, WCRI Finds

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)

Friday, June 30, 2017 | 951 | 0 | 0 min read

States without a workers’ compensation fee schedule generally paid more for hospital outpatient surgeries, according to a new report, but of five reimbursement models studied, the lack of a fee schedule wasn’t necessarily the worst. Alabama and Louisiana, states that paid for hospital outpatient surgeries based on a percentage of charges, paid the most among 35 states included in the study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The report looked at payments during 2015. All five percent-of-charge states, which also included Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas, fell withi...

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