The American Medical Association (AMA) recently reclassified obesity as a treatable disease. This new classification has the potential to increase your workers’ compensation costs because when employees see their doctors due to on-the-job injuries, doctors may need to treat those workers for obesity as well.
Historically, in terms of workers’ compensation, obesity has been classified as a comorbidity, meaning it is a condition that occurs at the same time as, but independent of, an injury or illness. The new classification of obesity as a disease that requires treatment may cause doctors to feel a greater responsibility to advise patients about their weight,
if doctors will be reimbursed for the treatment. This could increase workers’ compensation claims because a claim may include treatment for two things (the injury and obesity), or there may be a secondary claim. For more information on this new classification and how it could affect your insurance, contact Warren G. Bender Co. at (916) 380-5300.