Incentivizing medical providers is key to improving comp system
Improving the delivery of medical care to injured workers is crucial for the success of the workers' comp system, according to Greg Krohm, executive director of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions. Facilitating that is a matter of providing better incentives for medical providers.
"There are no incentives for physicians to try to get injured workers back to work or to fight with a patient who wants opioids. It's sad but true," he said. "For a physician to get paid in workers' comp is to submit a bill fully and completely. It doesn't matter whether they've done a high quality job or not."
Krohm says building better incentives for medical providers is needed immediately. "Payers have to be able to build managed care networks with their own selected providers and have their own standards using evidenced based medicine and follow guidelines on return to work."
January 17, 2011
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