Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California WCIRB’s release of its report on the impact that the Affordable Care Act has had on the workers’ compensation system, which focused on gauging the impact from increased access to health care.
The study looked at injured workers’ access to care, fees for medical services, claim frequency in industries most affected by the ACA, and change in diagnostic mix related to comorbidities. Key findings included that cacess to care did not change after ACA implementation, and the average wait time of one day for the first physician visit remained the same. Overall frequency of workers’ comp claims did not decrease in industries most affected by the ACA relative to frequency in other industries. There was an indication of an ACA impact on soft tissue injuries, where the share of those claims decreased more in smaller businesses and industries that had lower levels of health insurance prior to the ACA.
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