Total Joint & Spine Workers Compensation Cases California ASCs: Outlook

In a 2014 Legislative Forecast for a California Ambulatory Surgery Association report, CASA lobbyist Bryce Docherty discussed workers compensation for the coming year.

The California Department of Industrial Relations was required to study the feasibility of establishing a facility fee for ASC services at 85 percent of the Medicare DRG fee for services performed in a hospital inpatient department. The DIR's findings are nearly finalized, according to the report, and CASA representatives met with them several times throughout the reporting process.

CASA outlined the current total joint and hip programs at ASCs, and physician leaders highlighted a few spine programs for the DIR. CASA may advocate for legislation to incentivize injured workers to seek care at ASCs.

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