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NYS Workers' Compensation Board Announces Payment Adjustments

Thursday, April 19, 2018   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Carla Rosenbaum
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Dear NYPTA Member, 

 

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the NYS Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) issued a statement indicating that they plan to revise the current WC Medical Fee Schedule. The announcement states that all providers will receive a positive payment adjustment. 

 

This message is distinctly different from the WCB's 2014 fee schedule initiative which was mandated to be cost-neutral to the system and created potential "winners' and "losers" across provider types, and led to its eventual abandonment.

 

The new proposal is scheduled to be made public in June, 2018 and will be open to a 60-day public comment period. The WCB's announcement states that they are planning for the new fee schedules to come into effect October 1, 2018. 

 

Also mentioned in the announcement are potential changes to simplify claims submissions and to recognize additional providers (including physical therapists) as authorized providers within the NYS Workers' Compensation System. You can read the announcement in its entirety here: http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/SubjectNos/sn046_1058.jsp

 

NYPTA leadership and the Public Policy Committee have already been active in developing a strategy to ensure that physical therapy receives the maximum benefit possible from any fee schedule adjustments. Updates on this process as well as opportunities for member input and participation will be made available as soon as possible.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michael Mattia, PT, DPT, MH, MSA

NYPTA President

 

Jake McPherson, PT, DPT, MSCS, NDW

NYPTA Public Policy Committee Chair 

Comments...

Michael Linkiewicz II says...
Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The fee schedule has been released. Does the NYPTA have any initial comments on it? Do we know if Initial and Re-evaluation CPT codes will receive increased reimbursement rates or is it just the treatment codes? Unless NYS WC recognizes the new CPT codes for Initial and Re-evaluations, it appears they are not when looking at the proposal. Is NYPTA going to put together a consolidated response from members or should we comment individually?
Kelly Garceau says...
Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The proposed fee schedule has not been released as of this morning (6/5/18). We will update members as we receive information.
Michael Linkiewicz II says...
Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Has the proposed fee schedule been released yet? If not, is there a specific date? Mike

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