New Webpage Helps Physicians Navigate Changes in Workers’ Compensation

Big changes are coming to our workers’ compensation system. To help physicians and their practices understand and adjust to these changes, the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has created a new webpage, Workers’ Comp: Information for Physicians. There you will find a physician’s guide to House Bill 709, along with other resources, helpful links, and news from the Industrial Commission.

Make the NCMS Workers’ Comp webpage your source for the latest news and resources as the NCMS Workers’ Compensation Task Force continues its long-standing mission to improve how doctors of all specialties treat injured workers and interact with the workers’ compensation system. NCMS Past President Richard Bruch, MD, chairs the Task Force, and Keith Kittelberger, MD, serves as Vice Chair.

The NCMS played a key role in the negotiations that led to the enactment of HB 709 – Protect and Put North Carolina Back to Work. This workers’ comp reform bill addressed many issues important to physicians, such as second opinions, independent medical exams, and access to medical information by employers. The law also directed the Industrial Commission to adopt rules that will require electronic billing and payment, standardize the medical documentation that accompanies claims to carriers, and require carriers to accept 5010 transactions and ICD-10 diagnosis codes.

NCMS members may contact the Member Resource Center with questions about workers’ compensation at kfreeman@ncmedsoc.org or by calling 800-722-1350.

See related Bulletin articles:

NC Industrial Commission Delivers on E-Billing and Electronic Payment in Workers Comp (6-17-11)

NCMS Efforts to Secure E-Billing Mandate in Workers’ Comp Gets National Attention (11-4-11)

 
 

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