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With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Tom Wolf ended—for now—the annual effort to “change the way medical treatment is administered under the workers’ compensation system” by vetoing Senate Bill 936. Over the last few years, the Republican-controlled legislature has been trying to pass various pieces of legislation targeting health care under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Originally, there was a push to implement “evidenced-based medicine” standards, which is a statistical method to treat injured workers that removes medical decision making from doctors in favor of a “cookbook”-style approach reportedly in line with successful outcomes. This most recent attempt at altering the workers’ compensation medical landscape would have ostensibly helped control the opioid crisis and reduced costs to the workers’ compensation system by implementing a prescription drug formulary.

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