ASPS lobbies state-based workers compensation agencies for changes to the Fees Order. Visit the workers compensation website for your state for a list of the most current Fee Orders.
ACT – WorkSafe
NT – Worksafe
QLD – WorkCover
TAS – WorkCover
VIC – WorkSafe
The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has sent correspondence regarding the fees applicable for medical service commencing 1 January 2017 and contains the following:
A regulatory review is being undertaken by the Workers Compensation Regulator on independent medical examinations (IME). Read the bulletin about IMEs.
On 3 September 2014 the NSW Government introduced a number of enhancements to workers compensation entitlements. The changes (effective 1 Oct 2014) are explained in the letter to ASPS and associated documents below:
May 2014, the A/ General Manager of WorkCover Authority of NSW sent a letter to ASPS regarding breaches of sections 339(3) and 330 of the Acts in relation to maximum fees and direct billing of injured workers. Read the letter for more information.
New South Wales Government Gazette No. 177 contains the Workers Compensation (Surgeon Fees) Order for 2014. Attached to the Fees Order is the letter to surgeons (Dec 2013). The Order commences on 1 January 2014 and includes three schedules:
– SCHEDULE A – Maximum Fees for Surgeon
– SCHEDULE B – Billing Items used in Hand Surgery
– SCHEDULE C – Billing Items used in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
WorkCover NSW appointed Shireen Senewiratne (QLD) as the representative for plastic surgeons on the hand surgery panel commencing January 2012. Oversight will remain with ASPS Fees Committee as delegated by ASPS Council. Download Graham Sellars’ (Chairman, NSW Chapter of ASPS) Letter to Members (Jan 2012).
Since early 2011 the NSW Government has been reviewing NSW Work Cover legislation. ASPS made a formal submission in response to the discussion papers. Download ASPS’ submission (Feb 2011).
WorkCover convened a meeting at AMA NSW headquarters on 1 Nov 2012 to assist in educating practitioners on the reforms. Download the summary presentation (Nov 2012).
WorkCover Queensland monitors trends in the treatment and use of item codes through analysis of state-wide data to help ensure injured workers receive optimal quality of care whilst maintaining a financially viable scheme.
Download a copy of WorkCover QLD’s Upper limb surgery guidelines.
The new fees apply from 1st December 2014. Download your copy of the Medical table of costs for 2015.
For other Current medical fees, visit the WorkCover QLD website.
(October 2013) Queensland Parliament has passed the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013, and Royal assent has been given. Information on what the changes mean for stakeholders, changes in relation to pre-existing conditions and rights and responsibilities of people applying for work is available from the WorkCover Qld website. Read more.