Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California DWC’s release of a new progress report on its Independent Bill Review (IBR) program, which is used to resolve billing disputes for medical treatment and medical-legal services provided to injured workers.
Key findings from the first five years of data included an average of 165 IBR applications received per month, with 7 in 10 decided cases resulting in additional payment for the provider, with nearly $12.3 million awarded in overturned case decisions. The highest amounts for reimbursement in the program were for inpatient hospital services and ambulatory surgical centers. The DWC also noted that fee schedules for interpreters and home health care are pending adoption, and are anticipated to increase IBR program activity.
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