(a) The administrative director shall have the sole authority to develop an outpatient surgery facility fee schedule for services not performed under contract, provided that the schedule meets all of the following requirements:
(1) The schedule shall include all facility charges for outpatient surgeries performed in any facility authorized by law to perform the surgeries. The schedule may not include the fee of any physician and surgeon providing services in connection with the surgery.
(2) The schedule shall promote payment predictability, minimize administrative costs, and ensure access to outpatient surgery services by insured workers.
(3) The schedule shall be sufficient to cover the costs of each surgical procedure, as well as access to quality care.
(4) The schedule shall include specific provisions for review and revision of related fees no less frequently then biennially.
(5) The schedule shall be adopted after public hearings pursuant to Section 5307.3 and shall be included within the official medical fee schedule.
(b) The process used by the administrative director to develop an outpatient surgery fee schedule shall contain the following elements:
(1) A formal analysis of one year of published data collected pursuant to Section 128737 of the Health and Safety Code, with the assistance of an independent consultant with demonstrated expertise in outpatient surgery service.
(2) Any published data collected from providers of outpatient surgery services.
(3) Payment data including, but not limited to, type of payer and amount charged.
(4) Cost data including, but not limited to, actual expenses for labor, supplies, equipment, implants, anesthesia, overhead, and administration.
(5) Outcome data including, but not limited to, expected level of rehabilitation, expected coverage timeframe, and incidence of infection.
(6) Access data including, but not limited to, date of injury, date of surgery recommendation, and data of procedure.
(7) Other data that is mutually agreed to by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and the administrative director. The administrative director shall consult with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to ensure that the data collected is comprehensive and relevant to the development of a fee schedule.
(c) The outpatient surgery facility fee schedule shall reflect input from workers' compensation insurance carriers, businesses, organized labor, providers of outpatient surgical services, and patients receiving outpatient surgical services.
(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 6, Sec. 74.)