Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of another edition of WCRI’s CompScope Benchmarks, which examined the Michigan system and found that total costs per workers’ comp claim for non-COVID-19 claims in 2020 were stable, as a result of offsetting factors.
Key findings included that although medical payments and benefit delivery expenses per claim decreased, there was rapid growth in indemnity benefits per claim, which was driven by increases in the average duration of temporary disability and average weekly wage of workers with injuries. WCRI noted that indemnity benefits per claim grew 10% in 2020, following little change from 2015 to 2019. Medical payments per claim decreased 4% in 2020, following increases of about 4% per year from 2015-2019. Finally, total costs per claim were the lowest of the study states, and Michigan was lower for all three key components: indemnity, medical, and benefit delivery expenses.