CAMPN – California AB 1465 Alters Workers’ Comp Medical Treatment Networks
The term CAMPN – California AB 1465 is an Assembly Bill that proposes to increase the injured workers’ access to medical treatment. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) published a study this month that possibly surprised quite a few of the California AB 1465 proponents.
Let us look at the whole Assembly Bill and then see what the CWCI had to say about this pending legislation. By the way, what happens in the California Workers’ Comp system eventually spreads to other parts of the country. Please do not consider this “an isolated west coast problem.”
Physician networks called MPN’s in California have always been one of my Six Keys To Workers Compensation savings. Changing the provider network structure would have a major impact on workers’ comp costs.
The debate covers whetther the impact would be positive or negative.
I have provided the Bill below or you can find it here. There may be additional changes to the Bill after I published this article.
|AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 15, 2021|
|Introduced by Assembly Members Reyes and Lorena Gonzalez|
|February 19, 2021|
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
Vote: majority Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: yes Local Program: no
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 4617 is added to the Labor Code, to read:
(a) The administrative director shall establish a statewide medical provider network to be called the California Medical Provider Network (CAMPN). The CAMPN shall consist of physicians, as described in Section 3209.3, throughout the state who are willing and able to provide medical treatment to injured employees.
CWCI April 2021 California AB 1465 Impact Analysis Report
You can find the full impact analysis report here. I encourage you to download the study. The conclusions drawn by the CWCI California AB 1465 analysis were:
- it is unlikely that an arbitrary increase in the sheer number of physicians will increase the quality of care or MPN utilization and access beyond current levels
- A combined initial cost estimate of $314+ million per year is unlikely to improve access to medical care.
Why Should Care About California AB 1465 If I Live In Another State?
I receive this question quite often when I cover any CA-specific subjects? Because California AB 1465 could be coming to a state near you such as AB 5 and gig workers.
How many other states addressed the gig workers after AB 5 was ratified? Please note that California AB 1465 has not yet been fully passed or signed into law.
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