Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from WCRI that examines interstate differences in the time from injury to first medical treatment among injured workers.
The study focuses-in on the median number of days from injury to first medical treatment by type of provider, type of service, and type of injury across 18 study states, and while it was not designed to explain why differences arise, it does cover some factors that my influence differences, including policy choices. Key findings included that there was considerable variation across states in the time from injury to first treatment for physical medicine and “specialty” services such as surgery, major radiology, and pain management injections across injury types. Additionally, patterns were fairly consistent for some states, tending to show shorter or longer times across injuries and services, which may reflect workers’ comp policy choices in those states.
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