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New work comp battle erupts

Business groups are howling over a move to undo a key portion of reforms in the state’s workers’ compensation system pushed through by ex-Gov. Pat Quinn, reforms that have begun to make Illinois’ rates somewhat more competitive with those in other states.

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is scheduled to vote Dec. 20 on a motion to increase by 30 percent the amount physicians are able to charge for patient evaluation and management, including preliminary diagnosis and post-surgical care.

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