Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features WCRI’s recent release of its CompScope Medical Benchmarks for New Jersey report, which found that medical payments per claim with more than seven days of lost time in New Jersey were about 14-21% higher than the median.
The study noted that while New Jersey had higher prices paid, the use of medical services in a hospital outpatient setting was lower to typical, depending on the metric and claim maturity. Other key findings included that the average payment per claim to physical/occupational therapists grew faster than in other study states, about 6% per year driven by prices paid, with minimal change in utilization. Additionally the average prescription payment per claim in New Jersey was among the lowest of all study states in 2017, due to lower utilization.
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