If You’re Treating Workers’ Comp Patients in Illinois - Or Know a Physician Who Is - Here’s Some Good News from Springfield

hard hat on floor and unconcious workerOn Nov. 14, the Illinois State Senate voted to reverse Governor Rauner’s veto of a bill that would have addressed long-delayed payments to Illinois physicians treating workers injured on the job. 

Senate Bill 904 now goes back to the Illinois House for further action. 

The state’s workers’ compensation insurers have been able to skirt current law on timely payment of workers’ compensation claims – a loophole that allows authorization of treatment yet keeps some doctors waiting for payment for up to three years. They’ve even been allowed to stick with slow, mistake- and delay-ridden paper billing for these critical claims. 

Our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) were key in keeping this bill alive and ready for continued debate. Governor Rauner had vetoed SB 904 in late August.

Even if you or your colleagues don’t treat workers’ compensation patients, this is an important issue for any physician expecting efficient payment systems required by law in the state of Illinois. 

Put it another way. If worker’s comp insurers are allowed to stick to antiquated payment practices, it’s only a matter of time before other payers consider the same liberties.

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