Bulletin No. 016-03
December 8, 2003

DWC Proceeding with Medical Fee Schedules

There apparently is a rumor that DWC is not proceeding with the rulemaking process for the medical fee schedule regulations required by Senate Bill 228. The rumor is not true. DWC is proceeding with this rulemaking.

Online discussion forums on regulatory proposals for fees for physician services as well as inpatient and outpatient hospital services, were recently concluded. As usual, much valuable input was received from interested members of the public.

The next step is for emergency regulations to be submitted to the state Office of Administrative Law (OAL) so that they can be in place on January 1, 2004. Following that, the formal rulemaking process begins under the emergency rulemaking provisions. Further developments will be announced as soon as they are known.