Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features some legislative news, as the Business Council of New York recently announced its opposition of two bills currently before the State Legislature, which it said could rollback cost savings created by 2007 Workers’ Compensation reforms. The first piece, S.3749-C (Robach)/A.5183 (Simotas), also opposed by CompPharma, would allow an injured employee to utilize any pharmacy that matched the state’s “published prices”. According to the Council, pharmacy networks are one of the few reforms that were showing modest cost-savings, and their benefits would be negated by the bill.
Additionally, the Council pointed out S.3741 (Maziarz)/ A.6294 (Wright), which would prohibit any New York State Medical Treatment Guideline adopted by the Workers’ Comp Board from being applied to injuries that occurred before the guideline’s adoption date, with the Council noting that any legislated arbitrary timeframe is completely contrary to evidence-based medical principles.
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