Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new study from NCCI looking at the effect that obesity is having on workers’ compensation. According to NCCI, there is mounting evidence of obesity contributing to increasing costs, including longitudinal studies from Duke and Johns Hopkins, and previous NCCI research that found claims with a comorbidity code indicating obesity experienced higher medical costs than comparable non-obese claimants.
The new study now confirms that obesity contributes in significant ways to the length of time that claimants receive indemnity benefits-statistical analysis shows that claimants with a comorbidity indicator pointing to obesity have an indemnity benefit duration that is more than five times the value of claimants who do not have this comorbidity indicator but are otherwise comparable.
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