Regulatory Actions that Could Reduce Unnecessary Medical Expenses Under California's Workers' Compensation Program

by Barbara O. Wynn

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Recent increases in medical expenses under California's workers compensation (WC) program have renewed interest in regulatory initiatives that might reduce medical treatment costs. The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) asked RAND to provide in a single document a summary of potential refinements to the Official Medical Fee Schedule that would reduce WC medical expenses. These findings should be of interest to policymakers and others involved in the medical care payment issues under California's WC system.

The research 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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