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We’ve frequently sounded the alarm over the years about the serious decline in the numbers of qualified doctors providing services in the workers’ comp system. Low reimbursement rates are one reason for the mass exodus from the system. After all, DWC has not adjusted reimbursement rates for workers’ compensation providers since January 2008. (Per a nifty online inflation calculator, $100 in 2008 has the same purchasing power in 2024 as $139.73.) 

Noting that this decline has been “particularly pronounced” among certified designated doctors and “especially” among licensed medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy, new rules were finally adopted this past month to more fairly compensate doctors performing MMI/IR and other DD exams. In sum, the rules were amended to: 
  • adjust fees by applying the Medicare Economic Index (MEI) percentage adjustment factor, with an annual adjustment on January 1st;
  • eliminate unnecessary billing modifiers and replace the diagnosis-related estimate (DRE) and range of motion (ROM) billing methods with a single method of billing;
  • create a $100 missed appointment fee and a $300 specialist fee;
  • pay DDs and RMEs for all issues addressed within one exam without reduction;
  • require an “assignment number” to assist a carrier with identifying a bill as originating from a designated doctor or a DD’s referral;
  • clarify that the 95-day period for submission of a DD’s bill begins on the date of service for additional testing or referral evaluation.
The new rules will take effect on June 1, 2024.