It looks like Washington "Got One Right". There are new details explaining recent legislation in Washington that describes a multitude of benefits for the worker's compensation program and the changes that will possibly save the system over one billion dollars within the next four years.
The article at Work Comp for Employees touches on these changes but more importantly, it seems like the injured employee has finally been taken in consideration when these new laws and workman's comp legislation was created. As most will concur, injured workers and patients' interests are rarely sought because policy makers are lobbied by the insurance carriers and others in the medical industry.
In most states, it is very difficult to locate a worker's compensation physician. The vast majority of primary care physicians and family practice doctors refuse to treat for injuries obtained at work and other third party accidents. The medical professionals must first be approved by the state and on the State Approved Doctors List. Moreover, the most doctors and medical clinics don't have the necessary staff to handle the increased workload that is associated with medical treatment and reimbursements for work comp. Another reason for the increased workload is because pre-authorization is required for diagnostics, physical therapy, office visits, etc. Pre-authorization can take hours and hours of phone time and paperwork which can result in lower profits due to an increase in costs. Also, regardless of the severity of the employee's injury, claims can be denied by the worker's compensation insurance provider for many reasons. Avoid these denied claims and locate an Experienced Worker's Compensation Physician.
Washington legislation might have solved this problem but only time will tell. With the addition of another bill passed last year, Washington thinks that injured workers will now be provided the highest quality of care. The problem is what does Washington consider "High Quality". What do you think Washington defines as "High Quality"?