Inpatient Hospital Services

An Update on Services Provided Under California's Workers' Compensation Program

by Barbara O. Wynn

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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.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Data and Methods

  • Chapter Three

    Overall Changes in Distribution of WC Discharges and Estimated Payments

  • Chapter Four

    Acute Care Hospital Services

  • Chapter Five

    Exempt Hospital Services

The work presented here was prepared for the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation and was conducted by the RAND Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace.

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