File No. 34132
This rule was published in the October 15, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 20) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Labor Commission, Industrial Accidents
Regulation of Medical Practitioner Fees
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 34132
Filed: 10/01/2010 09:11:52 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this amendment is to adopt and incorporate by reference the 2010 Resource-Based Relative Value Schedule (RBRVS), the 2010 American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding standards, and the 2011 Medical Fee Guidelines.
Summary of the rule or change:
The amendment incorporates the most recent annual versions of the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS), the American Medical Association's CPT-4 coding guidelines, and the Labor Commission's Medical Fee Guidelines.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 34A-2-101 et seq.
- Section 34A-3-101 et seq.
- Section 34A-1-104
This rule or change incorporates by reference the following material:
- Updates 2011 Medical Fee Guidelines, published by Utah Labor Commission, 2011
- Updates The Essential RBRVS, published by Ingenix, 2010
- Updates 2010 CPT Professional Edition, published by American Medical Association, 2010
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
The proposed amendment will impose no additional administrative or enforcement costs on the Labor Commission, which is the state agency charged with administering and enforcing Utah's workers' compensation system. The National Council on Compensation Insurance projects that overall workers' compensation costs will increase by 0.4% as a result of adoption of the updated RBRVS and CPT standards. The Commission presumes that this increase will be passed on to the state in increased workers' compensation insurance premiums.
The National Council on Compensation Insurance projects that overall workers' compensation costs will increase by 0.4% as a result of adoption of the updated RBRVS and CPT standards. The Commission presumes that this increase will be passed on to local government in increased workers' compensation insurance premiums.
The National Council on Compensation Insurance projects that overall workers' compensation costs will increase by 0.4% as a result of adoption of the updated RBRVS and CPT standards. The Commission presumes that this increase will be passed on to small businesses in increased workers' compensation insurance premiums.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
The National Council on Compensation Insurance projects that overall workers' compensation costs will increase by 0.4% as a result of adoption of the updated RBRVS and CPT standards. The Commission presumes that this increase will be passed on to all employers in increased workers' compensation insurance premiums.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
Workers' compensation insurance carriers and those providing medical services to injured workers will be affected by the proposed amendment. Because the RBRVS and CPT systems are used throughout the health care industry, insurance carriers and medical providers already receive and use updates to those systems. The Commission does not anticipate that the updates required by this rule amendment will result in any additional compliance costs for those entities.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
The workers' compensation system uses the same relative value (RBRVS) and coding (CPT) systems that are generally used throughout the health industry. Periodically, the RBRVS and CPT systems are updated. It is therefore necessary for the Commission to also adopt those changes in order to 1) avoid confusion and 2) provide adequate payment for medical care provided to injured workers. This year's modifications to the RBRVS and CPT will result in minimal increases in payments for medical services and a corresponding minimal increase of 0.4% to workers' compensation insurance carriers and self-insured employers.
Sherrie Hayashi, Commissioner
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Labor Commission
160 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2316
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Ron Dressler at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6841, by FAX at 801-530-6804, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Sherrie Hayashi, Commissioner
R612. Labor Commission, Industrial Accidents.
R612-2. Workers' Compensation Rules-Health Care Providers.
R612-2-5. Regulation of Medical Practitioner Fees.
Pursuant to Section 34A-2-407(9):
A. The Labor Commission of Utah:
1. Establishes and regulates fees and other charges for medical provider services as required for the treatment of a work-related injury or illness.
2. Adopts and by this reference
incorporates the National Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)
"Resource-Based Relative Value Scale" (RBRVS), 20[
09] edition, as the method for calculating reimbursement and
the American Medical Association's CPT-4, 20[ 09] edition, coding guidelines.
a. The non-facility total unit value will apply in calculating the reimbursement, except that procedures provided in a facility setting shall be reimbursed at the facility total unit value and the facility may bill a separate facility charge.
b. The CPT-4 coding guidelines and RBRVS
are subject to the Utah Labor Commission's [
2009 - 2010] Medical Fee Guidelines and the following Labor
Commission conversion factors for medical care rendered for a
work-related injury or illness, effective December 1, 20[ 09]: (Conversion Rates below EFFECTIVE December 1, 2009, to
be used with the RBRVS procedural Unit value as per specialty.)
Anesthesiology $41.00 (1 unit per 15 minutes of anesthesia);
Medicine, E and M $46.00
Evaluation and Management codes 99201 - 99204 and 99211 - 99214 $46.00
Pathology and Laboratory 150% of Utah's published Medicare carrier
Restorative Services $46.00, with Utah code 97001 and 97003 at a 1.5 relative value unit and Utah code 97002 and 97004 at a 1.0 of relative value unit.
All 20000 codes, codes 49505 thru 49525 and all 60000 codes of the CPT-4 coding guidelines $58.00.
3. Adopts and incorporates by this
reference the Utah Labor Commission's [
2009 - 2010] Medical Fee Guidelines, effective December 1, 20[ 09]. The Utah Medical Fee Guidelines can be obtained from the
division for a fee sufficient to recover costs of development,
printing, and mailing or can be downloaded at the Labor
Commission's website at
4. Decides appropriate billing procedure codes when disputes arise between the medical practitioner and the employer or its insurance carrier. In no instance will the medical practitioner bill both the employer and the insurance carrier.
B. Employees cannot be billed for treatment of their work-related injuries or illnesses.
C. Discounting from the fees established by the Labor Commission is allowed only through specific contracts between a medical provider and a payor for treatment of work-related injury or illness.
D. Restocking fee 15%. Rule R612-2-16 covers the restocking fee.
E. Dental fees are not published. Rule R612-2-18 covers dental injuries.
F. Ambulance fees are not published. Rule R612-2-19 covers ambulance charges.
G. For procedures not covered by other provisions of this rule, medical providers have three options.
1. Medical providers may request preauthorization for a procedure from the insurance carrier.
2. Medical providers may present evidence to Medical Fee Committee for incorporating a procedure into the Commission's fee schedule. However, such incorporation will have prospective effect only.
3. Medical providers may apply for hearing before the Commission's Adjudication Division pursuant to Subsection 34A-2-801(1)(c) to establish a reasonable fee for the procedure.
KEY: workers' compensation, fees, medical practitioner
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
November 23, 2009
Notice of Continuation: April 28, 2008
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 34A-2-101 et seq.; 34A-3-101 et seq.; 34A-1-104
The Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the Bulletin is the official version. The PDF version of this issue is available at https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull-pdf/2010/b20101015.pdf. The HTML edition of the Bulletin is a convenience copy. Any discrepancy between the PDF version and HTML version is resolved in favor of the PDF version.
Text to be deleted is struck through and surrounded by brackets (e.g., [
example]). Text to be added is underlined (e.g., ). Older browsers may not depict some or any of these attributes on the screen or when the document is printed.
For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Ron Dressler at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6841, by FAX at 801-530-6804, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com.