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California Commission on Health and Safety in Workers’ Compensation Lien Report 2011:
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Athens Administrators is a TPA for workers’ compensation and liability claims. We have successfully administered claims for more than 30 years. Our clients include public agencies, regional businesses, insurance companies and Fortune 500 companies. We provide workers’ compensation and liability claim administration services.
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Medical Liens: Increasing Costs and Delaying
California's workers’ compensation system is unique in many ways, and our lien process is one of them. In California, providers can file a lien at any time during the life of the claim, even after the case has closed. This reality, in combination with a provider strategy of filing liens at the same time as treatment is rendered (and before a payment can even be made), effectively clogs the system , increases costs and keeps files open longer than necessary.
According to a recent study completed by the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC), liens are one of the largest cost drivers in California workers’ compensation system. California employers and insurers are spending roughly $200 million per year on loss adjustment expense to handle medical lien claims.
Liens are also bogging down the courts. According to the CHSWC report, liens consume about 35% of the court’s calendar. Over 450,000 liens are expected to be filed in 2011. Since files cannot be settled via Compromise and Release until all liens are adjusted, this situation prolongs the settlement process and keeps files open. The result? Dollars stay on the books, claims remain open, and timely, efficient, cost-effective resolution is compromised.
Why Are Liens Filed?
What Is Being Done About It?
How Can Athens Help?
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