Improving health outcomes for injured workers by facilitating better access to medical records and telemedicine (Keiser, Conway, Cleveland)

SB 6226-S - DIGEST Requires a self-insured employer to ensure that relevant medical records of an injured worker scheduled for an independent medical exam are provided as electronic medical records to the independent medical exam physician or physicians; if electronic records are not possible, paper records must be delivered to the physician or physicians at least ten business days before the exam. Requires the director of the department of labor and industries to develop access to telemedicine for independent medical exams and reimburse the physicians for services in a manner that is similar to the policies developed for commercial health insurance plans and medicaid managed care plans.

(1) Strikes requirements for the development of policies and physician training by the Collaborative for the Advancement of Telemedicine (Collaborative) relating to telemedicine for independent medical examinations (IMEs). (2) Directs the Collaborative to conduct a study, in consultation with the Department of Labor and Industries, of the feasibility of telemedicine for IMEs and submit a report to the Legislature by December 1, 2018.

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