Indiana Worker's Compensation: Legislative Update

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Indiana Worker's Compensation Changes

The Indiana General Assembly passed House Bill 1320 which was signed by the Governor of Indiana. The worker's compensation legislation includes the following key provisions:

It limits the maximum reimbursement of repackaged drugs to the average wholesale price set by the original manufacturer for the drug. If the National Drug Code for the repackaged drug cannot be determined from the submitted billing or statement, the maximum reimbursement is the lowest cost generic for the drug. (See IC 22-3-3-4.5).

It restricts the payment to a medical service facility after June 30, 2014 to 200% of the Medicare rate or the amount negotiated by the employer, the employer's insurance carrier, a billing review service or a direct provider network on behalf of the employer or the employer's insurance carrier. (See IC 22-3-3-5.2 (b) and IC 22-3-6-1 (j)).

It defines “medical service facility” is defined as a hospital, a hospital based health facility and a medical center.

It caps the payment to a medical service provider for an implant to the invoice amount plus twenty-five percent (25%).

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Also, House Bill 1320 addressed the compensation rates which have remained stagnant for several years. The updated rates are:

Increased permanent partial impairment (“PPI”) benefits for injuries occurring:

On and after July 1, 2014, and before July 1, 2015:
o 1-10 degrees $1,517.00
o 11- 35 degrees $1,717.00
o 35- 50 degrees $2,862.00
o 51-100 degrees $3,687.00



On and after July 1, 2015 and before July 1, 2016:

o 1-10 degrees $1,633.00
o 11- 35 degrees $1,835.00
o 35- 50 degrees $3,024.00
o 51-100 degrees $3,873.00

On and after July 1, 2016:

o 1-10 degrees $1,750.00
o 11- 35 degrees $1,952.00
o 35- 50 degrees $3,186.00
o 51-100 degrees $4,060.00

New Average Weekly Wage (“AWW”) Maximum

On or after July 1, 2014: $1,040.00
On or after July 1, 2015: $1,105.00
On or after July 1, 2016: $1,170.00

New Temporary Total Disability (“TTD”) Maximum

On or after July 1, 2014: $693.36
On or after July 1, 2015: $736.70
On or after July 1, 2016: $780.00

Maximum Compensation

On or after July 1, 2014: $346,680.00
On or after July 1, 2015: $368,350.00
On or after July 1, 2016: $390,000.00

These new maximum and minimum compensation rates and degrees of impairment became effective on July 1, 2014.

If  you have questions about your Indiana worker's compensation claim, contact a worker's compensation injury lawyer in Fort Wayne, Indiana for free attorney advice.



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