Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from WCRI that examines how provider choice policies can affect workers’ compensation medical and indemnity costs.
Key findings included that there was little evidence of differences in average costs per claim between states where policies give employers control over the choice of provider and states where policies give workers the most control over provider choice. The finding was especially true for medical costs, where average cost differences were near zero. However, WCRI noted that the evidence masked important differences across injury types, as provider choice was associated with higher medical and indemnity costs among the small share of the most expensive back-related injuries, and more generally, higher indemnity costs for the costliest cases overall.
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