Workers’ Compensation Fee Review Changes

by Karl Voigt, Esquire

The Workers’ Compensation Fee Review process has for years been used by physicians to “motivate” workers’ compensation carriers to pay their bills in a timely fashion or at least pay the correct amount. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has now created a process for a party – doctor or employer – to appeal an adverse determination. An appeal of an Application for Fee Review will now be heard by a fee review officer. There is now a new form to file that appeal. According to the Bureau, “Effective immediately, appeals of fee review determinations to a hearing officer should be filed on the Request For Hearing To Contest Fee Review Determination form. Once received, the request will be assigned to one of the seven workers’ compensation judges who have been specially appointed as fee review hearing officers and the parties will receive a notice of assignment indicating which hearing officer will be hearing the appeal.”

The appeal form (LIBC-606) can be found at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=18&objID=1092025&mode=2

The Fee Review form itself can be found at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=18&objID=438873&mode=2

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