Workers' compensation; fees for medical services. (HB1571)

Introduced By

Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' compensation; fees for medical services. Provides that the pecuniary liability of an employer for a medical service provided for the treatment of a traumatic injury or serious burn includes liability for any professional service rendered during the dates of service of the admission or transfer to a Level I or Level II trauma center or to a burn center, as applicable. The measure increases the initial charge outlier threshold, which under the stop-loss feature allows hospitals to receive payments or reimbursements that exceed the fee schedule amount for certain claims, from 150 percent of the maximum fee for the service set forth in the applicable fee schedule to 300 percent of such amount. The measure allows the Workers' Compensation Commission to adjust the charge outlier threshold percentage; under existing law, it is allowed only to decrease the percentage. The measure also (i) expands the definition of codes, as used in the provision directing the Commission to establish fee schedules for scheduled medical services, to include revenue codes, which are defined in the bill; (ii) clarifies the definition of "HCPCS codes"; (iii) directs the Commission to use the regulatory advisory panel on all matters involving or related to the fee schedule as deemed necessary by the Commission; and (iv) extends the deadline by which the regulatory advisory panel is required to meet, review, and make recommendations to the Commission from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/02/2017Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/16 17102180D
01/02/2017Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/12/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1571)
01/12/2017Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2017Read first time
01/17/2017Read second time
01/17/2017Committee amendments agreed to
01/17/2017Engrossed by House as amended HB1571E
01/17/2017Printed as engrossed 17102180D-E
01/18/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
01/18/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
01/19/2017Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/20/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1571E)
02/13/2017Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Read third time
02/16/2017Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1571ER)
02/20/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1571ER)
02/20/2017Signed by Speaker
02/21/2017Signed by President
02/21/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 478 (effective 3/13/17)
03/13/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0478)