Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of the latest edition of WCRI’s CompScope Medical Benchmarks report, which examines the factors behind trends in medical payments per claim in 18 states’ workers’ compensation systems, including trends in payments, prices, and utilization of medical care for injured workers.
Highlighted findings from the report included that in California medical payments per claim with more than seven days of lost time decreased steadily after the enactment of the reform legislation in 2013. While California used to have higher-than-typical medical payments per claim, it ranked close to the median of the states studied for post-reform 2013 claims with experience through 2016. In Indiana, medical payments per claim decreased 10% from 2014 to 2015, the first such decrease in more than a decade, after the adoption of a hospital fee schedule in 2014.
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