Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features more research from WCRI with the release of a new edition of their CompScope Medical Benchmarks series. Michigan is under examination in this edition, where medical payments were lower than typical for the 16 state study, while injured workers reported outcomes that were typical compared with other states.
According to WCRI, lower-than-typical medical payments were the result of lower payments per claim for services billed by physicians and hospitals, while payments for services billed by chiropractors and physical/occupational therapists were typical. WCRI also noted that they are monitoring the impact of 2011 law changes, which extended the time of employer control of employees’ medical care from 10 days to 28 days.
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