This working paper examines changes in the number and type of discharges and maximum allowable fees under the California Workers' Compensation Official Medical Fee Schedule for inpatient hospital services from 2003-2005. The paper is part of an on-going study evaluation the impact of the changes in Labor Code provisions affecting medical care provided injured workers. The study's final report will include an analysis of inpatient data through 2007 and integrate the inpatient findings with findings from an analysis of ambulatory surgery data from 2005 (the first year such data are available from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development) - 2007.
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Data and Methods
Overall Changes in Distribution of WC Discharges and Estimated Payments
Acute Care Hospital Services
Exempt Hospital Services