Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of another edition of WCRI’s CompScope Benchmarks, which examined the California system and found some 2013 reforms may have contributed to decreases in medical payments per claim in 2013 and 2014.
WCRI noted that medical payments per claim with more than 7 days of lost time in the state decreased 4% in 2013, and another 3% in 2014 for claims with 12 months of experience. California and North Carolina were the only states of the 18 studied to see decreases in that period. Indemnity benefits per claim with >7 days of lost time grew 5% in 2014/2015, similar to the median increase found in study states. The growth rate increased in 2014 compared to 2% in years prior, which may have reflected the early impact of SB 863 increases to weekly permanent disability benefits.
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