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Requires, among other things, independent medical examinations and permanent impairment rating examinations for workers' compensation claims to be performed by physicians mutually agreed upon by employers and employees or appointed by the director of labor and industrial relations. Allows for the use of an out-of-state physician under certain conditions. Appropriates funds for positions to assist with workers' compensation claims. Effective January 1, 2018. Repeals on June 30, 2023.
Supporting Mutually agreed upon IME
S 2/2/2017: The committee(s) on JDL/CPH has scheduled a public  hearing on 02-10-17 8:30AM in conference room 016.
 
Requires the director of labor and industrial relations to set workers' compensation medical charges that correspond to the United States Department of Labor Office of Workers' Compensation Programs fee schedule instead of the Medicare Resource Based Relative Value Scale applicable to Hawaii. Requires the department of labor and industrial relations to submit a report to the legislature. Makes an appropriation for analysis of the Act's impact on injured worker's access to treatment. Repeals on 12/31/2024.
Supporting
Would adopt the Federal WC medical fee schedule for medical treatments.  This will give an increase to the current HI WC MFS.
S 2/1/2017: The committee(s) on JDL has scheduled apublic hearing on 02-07-17 9:00AM in conference room 016.
HB808
Establishes that employers shall pay all workers compensation claims for compensable injuries and shall not deny claims without reasonable cause or during a pending investigation. Establishes that employers shall notify providers of service of any billing disagreements and allows providers to charge an additional rate to employers who fail to adhere to the notification requirements. Establishes resolution procedures for employers and providers who have a reasonable disagreement over liability for services provided an injured worker.
Supporting Employers to pay for treatment while pending investigation.
S 2/1/2017: The committee(s) on JDL has scheduled apublic hearing on 02-07-17 9:00AM in conference room 016.
HB979
Limits reimbursements for compounded prescription drugs to $1,000 in a thirty-day period. Limits reimbursements for any schedule II drug under chapter 329, Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Hawaii Revised Statues, dispensed by a physician to a one-time thirty-day supply upon the first visit.
Oppose 
Limits physician dispensing of CII meds to one time fill for first 30 days.
Support
limit on compounded medications
S 2/2/2017: The committee(s) on CPH has scheduled apublic hearing on 02-09-17 9:00AM in conference room 229.
HB1117