When the official Medical Fee Schedule was enacted in 2004, the Medicare ASC fee schedule became outdated, leading the DWC to adopt the same fee schedule for ASCs as outpatient hospitals, which is 120 percent of the Medicare rate for outpatient surgery. Now that Medicare has updated its ASC service rates, the DWC hopes to base its pricing on the Medical ASC fee schedule as part of its 12-point plan to help monitor and control medical costs in the state's workers' comp system. Those interested in submitting comments should send an e-mail to Maureen Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 286-0676. For additional information, visit www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_home_page.htm.
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June 14, 2010
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