Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap finishes off the short week with the release of WCRI’s CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Texas, which found that medical payments for the treatment of workers injured on the job in Texas changed little between 2016 and 2021, masking offsetting changes.
WCRI noted that the stability in medical payments over the study period masked changes that offset each other – a decline in utilization of medical care coupled with increases in outpatient and inpatient hospital payments. Other key findings included that utilization of nonhospital services decreased by 11% from 2020-21, mainly because of fewer visits per claim. Hospital outpatient payments per workers’ comp claim increased from 2019-21, mostly due to growth in payments per service. Payments per workers’ compensation claim were however lower in Texas than typical for both nonhospital and hospital care.
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