Bulletin No. 62-04
December 8, 2004

Emergency regulations revising Physician Services Fee Schedule (Table A) filed with Office of Administrative Law

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, the California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) filed with the Office of Administrative Law, emergency regulations making changes to the Physician Services Fee Schedule (Table A) within the Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS). The text of the regulations can be found at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwcpropregs/OMFSEmerRegs2.htm

The regulations revise the fees for 17 procedure codes within the physical medicine section of the OMFS by eliminating the five percent reduction. These changes are consistent with DWC's intent with regard to the five percent reduction for other physical medicine procedures.

The regulations also add a five percent reduction to three procedure codes in the surgery section, which were inadvertently omitted from earlier versions of the Table A.

The regulations also make corrections of typographical and arithmetical errors in a number of other procedure codes, mostly in the radiology and pathology sections of Table A.

The Office of Administrative Law has 10 days from the date of filing to approve these emergency regulations and file them with the Secretary of State. They become effective immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State. Permanent regulations must be filed within 120 days of the filing with the Secretary of State.