U.S. Health Care Reform and its Impact on Workers' Compensation

In nearly every pocket of the U.S., people recognize that health care costs are unacceptably high for the generally commonplace service being given. Some would argue that the problem is even worse in workers’ compensation, which is experiencing rising costs, uneven treatment, and poor outcomes. While workers’ compensation does not face a major unfunded deficit like Medicare, there are many critics calling for changes in the delivery and payment of medicine within U.S. workers’ compensation systems.

Unfortunately, no clear direction has emerged from legislative groups. With so many voices calling for change but no plan of action, workers’ compensation administrators are left guessing how federal legislation may interface with state workers’ compensation laws.

The IAIABC will help administrators and other stakeholders explore the reform scenarios at the upcoming 95th Annual Convention and Medical Institute on September 21-24, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During the session How will Workers’ Compensation in the U.S. be Affected by Changes in the Finance and Delivery of Health Care?, experts will address:

- How federal laws might constrain claims handling, including new legislative initiatives on universal medical records and increased privacy standards 
- How medical cost containment measures might help reduce workers’ compensation medical costs 
- How the rules for provider reimbursement and pharmacy costs may be changing

Most of all, the panel of experts including Mr. Joseph Paduda, Dr. Dan Janiga, and Dr. Gregory Krohm will try and forecast how workers’ compensation in the next decade will be shaped by health care reform in 2009.

Join us for this presentation and more at the IAIABC 95th Annual Convention and Medical Institute. Learn more at www.tcin2009.com.

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