POINT-BY-POINT COMPARISON OF PROPONENT’S ARGUMENTS AND REBUTTAL
Senate Bill 923 (DeLeón)
Voters Injured at Work agrees with the sponsor of Senate Bill 923 (DeLeón) – U. S. HealthWorks – that California needs to increase reimbursements to attract and retain qualified physicians to treat and evaluate injured workers. VIAW disagrees with the proposed method of achieving that end. Injured workers need both primary care physicians and specialists, but VIAW cannot support any proposal that funds an increase for one class of physicians at the expense of another. As drafted, by mandating the adoption of the Medicare RBRVS Fee Schedule, SB 923 could slash up to $500 million a year from medical specialists such as orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, internists, neurologists and physical medicine specialists to grant primary care physicians a comparable raise. Without additional new funding, the adoption of the Medicare Fee Schedule will gravely affect injured workers’ access to medical specialist services for both treatment and evaluation.
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