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AB-1465 Workers’ compensation: medical provider networks study.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 77.9 is added to the Labor Code, to read:

77.9.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2023, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation shall submit a study to the Legislature, the committees of the Senate and Assembly with jurisdiction over workers’ compensation, and the Division of Workers’ Compensation on delays and access to care issues in medical provider networks. At a minimum, the study shall include all of the following:
(1) An examination of injury claims in which a worker was treated by a medical provider network compared to injury claims in which a worker was treated by a provider who is not part of a medical provider network to determine the length of time between injury and initial treatment in the two systems and the reason for potential delays before workers receive initial treatment.
(2) An examination of injury claims in which a worker was treated by a medical provider network compared to injury claims in which a worker was treated by a provider who is not part of a medical provider network to determine the frequency and causes of delays after a worker receives initial treatment.
(3) An examination of injury claims in which a worker was treated by a medical provider network compared to injury claims in which a worker was treated by a provider who is not part of a medical provider network to determine the distance, in miles, between the injured worker and the treating provider, including primary care physicians and specialty physicians.
(b) The report submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.