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Denver Workers Compensation Lawyer - The areas of workersâ€™ compensation and healthcare are complex and that often leads to misunderstanding and rumors. These myths can lead to uninformed decisions and mishandling of your claim. Contact our Denver Workersâ€™ Compensation Attorneys today n
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) presented changes in healthcare coverage that often became controversial. Knee-jerk reactions from insurance companies and human resources organizations believed the ACA would either reduce care quality in workers’ compensation or encourage fraud.
The ACA increased health insurance coverage which created a run on primary care. Doctors received more patient files and that was expected to decrease the quality of care for those receiving treatment under a workers’ compensation policy.
A comprehensive report by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI), concluded that there was no significant impact to care access. Medicine has always been a demanding field and that did not change with the ACA. Clinics and hospitals adapted to the new demand for primary care.
The same report showed that 68 percent of primary care services occurred during the first 10 days of a workers’ compensation claim. Basically, these claims start off as being demanding on healthcare providers but eventually taper down to become manageable.
Myth: The ACA will raise workers’ compensation medical costs.
Truth: The support of preventative care reduces claims and also medical costs.
Cognizant reported that in Massachusetts, workers’ compensation claims reduced by 16.7 percent and workers’ compensation hospital costs decreased between five and 10 percent. The ACA reduced costs from the supply side and that affects all healthcare, even that covered by workers’ compensation.
Preventative care played a role as well. For example, obesity prevention programs reduced workers’ compensation costs by three to four percent.
The areas of workers’ compensation and healthcare are complex and that often leads to misunderstanding and rumors. These myths can lead to uninformed decisions and mishandling of your claim. Contact our Denver Workers’ Compensation Attorneys today to get help with or a review of your Colorado workers’ compensation case.