Services Provided Outside Indiana
Because Indiana had no fee schedule and the statute did not contemplate medical services provided outside of the State of Indiana, it appeared that "usual and customary" was the only applicable standard available, if the claim or case was under Indiana’s jurisdiction.
1. NCCI issued a report in January 2010 titled “Medicare and Workers Compensation Medical Cost Containment.”
The proportion of workers compensation medical costs that are subject to physician fee schedules is declining, with proportionally more billings by facilities.
2. Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) issued a report in September 2009 titled "Workers’ Compensation Medical Cost Containment: A National Inventory"
The contains information about which medical cost containment strategies have been adopted by which states as of January 1, 2008.
The strategies include: medical fee schedules; regulation of hospital charges; medical and hospital bill review; choice of provider; treatment guidelines; utilization review/management; and managed care. Also included are the growing areas of pharmaceutical regulations; and urgent care and ambulatory surgical center fee schedules.
Excerpts: Fee schedules are the oldest and most widely used device to regulate WC medical payments. The primary finding is simply that fee schedules are effective at controlling WC medical costs. We also show that most schedules work well for primary care but not as well for specialty medicine.