Study Recommends No Change in Worker's Comp Fees for California ASCs, CASA Speaks Out

A recent study examining outpatient surgical fees for California's worker's compensation recommends no change in the fees, according to a Sacramento Business Journal report.

The study is required by the state's 2012 workers' compensation reform law. The RAND study did not provide support for allowing any procedures from the "inpatient only" list to be performed in the outpatient setting, except perhaps certain types of spinal fusion.

Bryce Docherty, a lobbyist for the California Ambulatory Surgery Association, argued against the study's findings. "Many health insurers do pay for total hip and knee replacements in outpatient surgery centers," he said in the report.

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