HB 1571 Workers' compensation; fees for medical services.
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)

Workers' compensation; fees for medical services. Provides that the pecuniary liability of an employer for a medical service provided for the treatment of a traumatic injury or serious burn includes liability for any professional service rendered during the dates of service of the admission or transfer to a Level I or Level II trauma center or to a burn center, as applicable. The measure increases the initial charge outlier threshold, which under the stop-loss feature allows hospitals to receive payments or reimbursements that exceed the fee schedule amount for certain claims, from 150 percent of the maximum fee for the service set forth in the applicable fee schedule to 300 percent of such amount. The measure allows the Workers' Compensation Commission to adjust the charge outlier threshold percentage; under existing law, it is allowed only to decrease the percentage. The measure also (i) expands the definition of codes, as used in the provision directing the Commission to establish fee schedules for scheduled medical services, to include revenue codes, which are defined in the bill; (ii) clarifies the definition of "HCPCS codes"; (iii) directs the Commission to use the regulatory advisory panel on all matters involving or related to the fee schedule as deemed necessary by the Commission; (iv) adds a definition of "new type of technology"; and (v) extends the deadline by which the regulatory advisory panel is required to meet, review, and make recommendations to the Commission from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. The bill contains an emergency clause.

Full text:
01/02/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/16 17102180D  pdf | impact statement
01/17/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17102180D-E  pdf | impact statement
02/20/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1571ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0478)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments

Status:
01/02/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/16 17102180D
01/02/17  House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/12/17  House: Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (22-Y 0-N)
01/16/17  House: Read first time
01/17/17  House: Read second time
01/17/17  House: Committee amendments agreed to
01/17/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1571E
01/17/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17102180D-E
01/18/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
01/18/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N)
01/19/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/19/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/13/17  Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N)
02/15/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Read third time
02/16/17  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  House: Enrolled
02/20/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1571ER)
02/20/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 478 (effective 3/13/17)
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0478)