Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of another edition of WCRI’s CompScope Benchmarks, which examined the Florida system and found that the average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in the state has grown moderately in recent years, with all key components seeing moderate increases from 2011-2016.
The results in the report mostly reflect the system’s performance before two major Florida Supreme Court rulings in 2016, Castellanos and Westphal, which could have an impact on costs and litigation expenses. Other key findings from the report included that indemnity benefits per claim in Florida were lower than typical study states, and medical payments per claim were fairly typical. Prices paid for medical professional services were the lowest of study states, while those for hospital outpatient care were the highest. Florida also had more frequent defense attorney involvement with higher payments per claim, but they were offset by slightly lower frequency and payments per claim for medical cost containment expenses.
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