Madison, WI – Throughout the last 100 years, medical technology and healthcare delivery systems have evolved significantly, impacting the quality of care and cost of treating injured workers. This evolution has caused the medical community to develop new delivery models that focus on restoring health and return to function for injured workers. The IAIABC will address medical reform measures that work at its upcoming 98th Annual Convention, October 1-4, in Newport, Rhode Island.
The session, How Can Workers’ Compensation Ensure Access and Quality Medical Care, will feature Ms. Barbara Wynn, Senior Policy Analyst at RAND Corporation, and Ms. Amy Lee, Special Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Ms. Wynn will share features of the 2011 report she co-authored, Medical Care Provided Under California’s Workers’ Compensation Program Effects of the Reforms and Additional Opportunities to Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Care, which was commissioned by the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation to explore medical care received by injured workers in the state. She will discuss key aspects of the report and share how features including changing utilization review requirements, improving medical provider networks, and enhancing systems performance efforts could be used to enhance healthcare delivery in workers’ compensation.
Ms. Wynn praised the policies Texas has implemented over the last few years including physician report cards, independent medical review for treatment disputes, evidence-based treatment guidelines, and a drug formulary. Ms. Lee will participate in the session to share the Texas experience implementing and managing these medical programs. “Texas has invested in the administrative infrastructure to measure and monitor their medical reforms and they have a compelling story to share with other jurisdictions,” comments Jennifer Wolf Horejsh, IAIABC Executive Director.
This proactive approach to managing medical care is working, according to WCRI’s June 2012 study, Monitoring the Impact of Reforms in Texas, Compscope Medical Benchmarks. The study reports that Texas medical cost per claim were lower than the median of the 16 states reviewed. Medical care and cost is perhaps the most frequently cited challenge in workers’ compensation and this program will share tested solutions that should be of interest to the workers’ compensation community. Jurisdictions looking to evaluate and implement effective healthcare delivery reforms would be well served to participate in this conference program.
For more information about the program and social activities presented at the IAIABC 98th Annual Convention visit www.iaiabc.org/convention2012. Conference registration is now open.