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Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council Approves Legislative Proposal

December 12, 2019

On Dec. 10, the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) formally approved an agreed-to worker’s compensation package. The Council has been working to finalize a package since first exchanging proposals in May.

The final package does not include a worker’s compensation fee schedule. The package contains several practical technical and policy changes, but also includes a concerning provision requiring health care providers to produce for insurance company representatives and agents copies of billing statements for the treatment provided to injured workers. The provision, which the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance requested, would require health care providers to send the duplicate billing statement on a HCFA or UB form to the insurer’s representative or agent within 30 days of request for no charge. If the provider does not produce the duplicate bill within 30 days, the draft bill states the insurer would no longer be liable for any of the services on the billing statement. WHA co-authored a joint letter from the coalition of Health Care Liaisons to the WCAC to highlight this concern.

The WCAC and the state’s Department of Workforce Development plan to finalize the bill draft for introduction and legislative hearings in 2020. Stay tuned to future editions of The Valued Voice for updates on this still-developing issue.

This story originally appeared in the December 12, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter