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    Procedure Cost Rises Slow After Two-Year Surge

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    Enlyte Report Shows Per Procedure Increases Declining After 2x Rise

    • Doctors’ charges per procedure performed in workers compensation claims jumped by 11% from 2020 through 2022, according to a new report from Enlyte.
    • The Bureau of Labor and Statistics Consumer Price Index increased 7% during that same period.
    • The report showed a 2% increase from 2022 to 2023 for medical services.
    • Meanwhile, for the year to date, costs remained flat or “negligible” in high-volume workers compensation states, including Texas, New York, Florida and California.
    • Enlyte based the report on data from professional service medical bills that it processed.
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    Texas DWC Mulls Annual Certification for First Responder; Set Form Changes;

    • The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation will consider new rules that will require a first responder receiving lifetime income benefits due to a serious bodily injury to file an annual certification with an insurance carrier that the first responder was not employed in any capacity during the preceding year.
    • In a separate notice, the agency said it is seeking comments on a proposal to revise several forms, DWC Form-001, DWC Form-002, and DWC Form-006, including editorial changes to the forms and deleting obsolete violation language from 2005.

     

    UNLV Shifts WC Processing to State Authority

    • The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is moving the processing of all workers compensation injury reports to the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Risk Management Office, UNLV announced on Wednesday.
    • The school did not provide a reason for the change. An email sent by Workers’ Comp Advisor was not immediately answered.
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    Amazon Workers Start GoFundMe to Cover Expenses

    • Three workers injured on the job at Amazon warehouses have started GoFundMe accounts to cover their expenses as they pursue workers’ compensation and disability benefits.
    • As reported this week by The Guardian, the company has historically faced criticism from workers over the healthy and safety practices in its warehouse; the quality of its medical care unit; and the complexity of its processes for securing accommodations, compensation, and benefits following job-related injuries.
    • One of the workers, Christine Manno, told the newspaper that she started a GoFundMe account because “They keep telling me they need more documentation, yet workers compensation won’t let me see a doctor to get more documentation, but I can’t get treatment because when they know it’s a work injury, they won’t authorize treatment through health insurance.”
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