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What obesity means for workers’ comp claims
Sacramento Business Journal

California’s system for injured workers could wind up paying out a heck of a lot more now that the American Medical Association has reclassified obesity as a treatable disease. The reclassification could have far-reaching implications for the workers’ compensation system, according to a report released this week.

“The operational and economic consequences could be significant for medical providers and health care delivery systems that must now reconcile implementation of the new disease category, an evolving standard of care for obese patients, managed care issues concerning medical efficacy and cost/benefit considerations, as well as coordination of care challenges between workers’ compensation, group health and federal programs and requirements. …” the California Workers’ Compensation Institute wrote in a summary of its report.