HAPTA Bills Will Stabilize Workers’ Comp Payments – Take Action!

HAPTA introduced bills during the 2017 Hawaii legislative session that will, if passed, tie the Workers’ Compensation Program fee schedule to the rates set by the US Department of Labor and will remove the power to change the fee schedule from the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR).

We need you to respond to an Action Needed email that you should have received from APTA that requires just a couple of clicks to email your legislators to ask for their support of HB 808/SB 413. You do not even need to log on to the APTA website when you use the link from this email. If you didn’t receive that email – please visit the APTA Legislative Action Center where you will be prompted to log on and from there you can email or call your legislators to ask for their support.

“We would like to detach from the Medicare fee schedule due to the unstable and changing nature of Medicare payment models,” said HAPTA Legislative Committee Chair Joanne Ishikawa.

You may remember in November when DLIR held a public hearing about decreasing Workers’ Comp payments to Medicare +10 percent. HAPTA joined other provider groups at the hearing to strongly object to this proposal. As a result of the strong response, DLIR decided to postpone the rate change.

Subsequently, we received advice and support from legislators to introduce legislation that would require any changes to Workers’ Comp payments to providers to be outlined in the Office Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) fee schedule as prepared by the United States Department of Labor. HB 808/SB 413 language states that the OWCP fee schedule provides more realistic and stabilized incentives for treating injured workers so they may “return to work a soon as possible.”

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