Workers’ Comp In-Cites
Welcome to the latest edition of Schaff & Young's Workers' Comp In-Cites. Designed to provide our clients with practical insight, Workers' Comp In-Cites outlines recent developments in Pennsylvania workers' compensation law and explains how those decisions impact our clients and their cases. Barbara Young, Michael Schaff and the other attorneys at Schaff & Young, P.C. are always available to discuss these cases – or any other questions or concerns you might have. Just give us a call at (215) 988-0090 or send an email to We look forward to hearing from you.

Medical Bill Repricing Requires Analysis of Provider’s Geographic Area

A trauma center is entitled to reimbursement at the provider's usual and customary charge, not the actual charge, when a patient presents to the facility with immediately life-threatening or urgent injuries. The determination of "usual and customary charges" should be based upon a comparison with other trauma care providers within the geographic area of the Provider. So ruled the Commonwealth Court in Allegheny General Hospital v. Bureau of Workers' Compensation (State Workers' Ins. Fund).

August 2016 Edition
Volume X
Number 6

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Claimant Attorneys Must Seek Unreasonable Contest Fees While Petition is Pending

In Byfield v. WCAB (Phila. Housing Authority), the Commonwealth Court denied an attorney’s request for unreasonable contest fees requested in a petition filed separately and after the one in which counsel believed the contest was unreasonable. The Court held that a claimant must request unreasonable contest attorney's fees under Section 440 of the Act while a petition is pending, and may not seek them by filing a subsequent petition.