Administering Idaho's Workers' Compensation Law

Medical Information

Physicians in workers' compensation cases are defined in Idaho Code as "medical physicians and surgeons, ophthalmologists, otorhinolaryngologists, dentists, osteopaths, osteopathic physicians and surgeons, optometrists, podiatrists, chiropractic physicians, and members of any other healing profession licensed or authorized by the statutes of this state to practice such profession within the scope of their practice as defined by the statutes of this state and as authorized by their licenses."

This page is designed to provide basic information regarding billing and treatment in workers' compensation cases. It is by no means exhaustive. Contact the Idaho Industrial Commission for additional information.

HIPAA (top)

The Industrial Commission has issued a policy statement regarding HIPAA's application to workers' compensation and the Idaho Industrial Commission.

Change of Physician (top)

Under the Idaho workers' compensation system, the employer/surety may assign a medical provider to treat the injured worker. However, the worker may appeal that assignment to the Idaho Industrial Commission.

Medical Billing (top)

Update on Adoption of ICD-10

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law a bill that will delay the adoption of ICD-10 by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for one year.  All covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) will be required to transition from the ICD-9 diagnostic coding set to the ICD-10 diagnostic coding set on October 1, 2015.  In anticipation of this migration, the Commission adopted a change to the billing requirements found in IDAPA 17.02.09.035.03(a). Whenever possible, providers shall bill using the diagnostic and procedure coding set required by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  All Idaho workers’ compensation payers will now have an additional year to take the proper steps to ensure the ability to promptly pay medical bills received from providers with the new ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure coding sets.  Further information regarding ICD-10 may be obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or by contacting Patti Vaughn at the Industrial Commission,  (208) 334-6084.

Medical Fee Schedule

IDAPA 17.02.09 governs payments for medical services under the Idaho Workers' Compensation Law. The current medical fee schedule is maintained in accordance with Section 72-803, Idaho Code, and is effective March 20, 2014.

Physicians: RBRVS
2014 National Physician Fee Schedule Relative Value File (RVU14A)

Hospital Inpatient:  MS-DRG
Table 6: List of FY15 MS-DRGs, Relative Weights (Effective October 1, 2014)

Table 5: List of FY14 MS-DRGs, Relative Weights (Effective October 1, 2013)

Hospital Outpatient & Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) (Effective January 1, 2014)
Addendum B – Weights by CPT Code (CMS-1601-FC)
Addendum D1 – Status Indicators

Idaho Critical Access Hospitals
List of Idaho Hospitals

Historical Medical Fee Schedules

*All medical services preceding 4-01-06 are subject to usual and customary charges.

 

Questions regarding the medical fee schedule may be directed to Patti Vaughn, Medical Fee Schedule Analyst.

Coverage Verification

The Commission offers an online coverage verification service. Information regarding the name of the insurer and adjuster covering an employer can be obtained by email.

Balance Billing

Idaho is a zero-deductible state for workers' compensation medical charges. No portion of the unpaid medical bill is to be paid by the injured worker on claims accepted by the surety.

Medical Records

As noted in IDAPA 17.02.04.322.02, Providers shall submit written medical reports for each medical visit to the Payor. Payers and Providers may contract with one another to identify specific records that will be provided in support of billings. The Provider shall also submit the same written medical reports to the Claimant upon request. These reports shall be submitted within fourteen (14) days following each evaluation, examination and/or treatment. The first copy of any such reports shall be provided to the Payor and the Claimant or Claimant's Counsel at no charge. If duplicate copies of reports already provided are requested by either the Payor or the Claimant, the Provider may charge the requesting party a reasonable charge to provide the additional reports.

The first copy of any such reports shall be provided to the Payor and the Claimant at no charge. If duplicate copies of reports already provided are requested by either the Payor or the Claimant, the Provider may charge the requesting party a reasonable charge to provide the additional reports.

This means the medical provider must give one free copy to one of each of the following:

  • Employer or insurance company
  • Claimant (patient) or claimant’s attorney
  • The Idaho Industrial Commission

Consultant Reports (top)

A medical fee schedule consultant from Ingenix presented highlights of their findings on physician charges in a public hearing held in Boise on October 15, 2007.

Informational sessions regarding facility reimbursement were held in May 2008. The sessions were presented by the medical fee consultant from Ingenix.

Dispute Resolution (top)

NOTICE:

Change to Application of 30% Penalty In Medical Fee Disputes

For all Motions filed on or after October 1, 2014, unless the payer demonstrates, by timely response to the provider’s Motion, that the payer’s previous payment is adequate, the penalty will now be applied to the underpayment owed at the time the Motion was filed.  Payments issued after the filing of the Motion may be deducted from the ordered amount, but will not reduce the penalty. For more information, click here.

Added 08/26

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The Commission has prepared some items to help navigate the medical fee dispute process.  Below are tips for filing a motion for approval of a disputed charge.  The Commission has also created a separate page to answer frequently asked questions

Tips for Success in Medical Fee Disputes:

  1. DO list in the motion:
    1. The date the bill was sent/received.
    2. The date the Preliminary Objection was sent/received.
    3. The date the Response was sent/received.
    4. The date the Final Objection was sent/received.
  2. DO check the deadlines before you send the motion.
  3. DO use the standard forms.
  4. DO itemize billings by CPT code.
  5. DO provide copies of the
    1. Bills (but indicate which part of the bill is in dispute)
    2. Preliminary Objection
    3. Response
    4. Final Objection
  6. DO understand that Commission staff are legal, not medical, professionals, and that the dispute process is a legal, not medical, forum.
  7. DO send copies to the other parties.
  8. DO indicate the dates of the documents.
  9. DON’T send in multiple copies of the same item.
  10. DON’T send a bunch of medical records or billing items and expect the Commission staff to sort them out.
  11. DON’T forget to fully complete a certificate of service/mailing.
  12. DON’T hesitate to call Commission staff before you send in the motion if you have any questions.