Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new edition of WCRI’s CompScope Medical Benchmarks series. In this latest release, Texas is examined, with a focus on the results of reforms and increased focus on managing medical care in the state’s workers’ comp system. Key findings from the report included that medical payments per workers’ comp claim in Texas were lower than the median of 16 states in the study, where before the passage of 2001 and 2005 reforms, payments in the state were the highest and fastest growing versus other study states.
According to WCRI, significant drops in utilization of medical services by nonhospital providers, such as chiropractors and physical/occupational therapists, was the primary factor behind the drop in medical costs per claim, however the decreases seem to have stabilized, indicating that reforms focused on service utilization are likely to not have much further impact.
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