This working paper examines the types of ambulatory surgical procedures performed on injured workers covered by the California workers' compensation (WC) system and whether they vary by hospital outpatient and freestanding ambulatory surgery settings. It uses ambulatory surgery data for 2005-2007 from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Data on ambulatory surgery have not been available previously. These analyses can help to identify whether there might be payment or quality of care issues for WC patients that warrant further examination. These findings should be of interest to policymakers and others involved in the medical care payment and quality of care issues under California's workers' compensation system.
The research described in this report was prepared for the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers' Compensation and conducted by the RAND Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace.
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