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Wages and salaries for those private self-insured employees totaled $112.7 billion in 2018, or 9.1 percent more than the $103.3 billion noted for self-insured employees in the 2017 summary, according to CWCI.
In the report, titled "The Utilization and Cost of Drug Testing in the California Workers' Compensation System," CWCI analyzed a database of 2.8 million clinical lab service records for urine drug tests (UDTs) performed on California injured workers between 2002 and 2014, for which claims administrators paid $108 million.
To quantify the potential impact, the CWCI research determined that paid losses on claims with the obesity co-morbidity averaged $116,437, or 81.3 percent more than those without; and that these claims averaged nearly 35 weeks of lost time, or 80 percent more than the 19-week average for claims without the obesity co-morbidity.
Its in-house capacity to study medical care is limited and would take years to develop to the scale of the WCRI and CWCI. Shouldn't the NCCI be funding these research teams?
The SAWW rose just under 2.3% from $1,095.70 to 1,120.67 last year, says CWCI. As a result, temporary total disability (TTD) and permanent total disability (PTD) rates for 2016 work injury claims will rise, in addition to other workers' comp benefits that are tied to changes in the SAWW.
Using a large sample of prescriptions dispensed to California injured workers from 2002 through 2012, CWCI researchers confirmed major trends noted in earlier research, including a spike in the use of Schedule II opioid analgesics such as Oxycodone, Morphine and Fentanyl about a decade ago, with the most dramatic increase occurring between 2005 and 2008 when these meds increased from 1.4% to 5.4% of injured worker prescriptions.
Citing figures provided by the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau, the CWCI noted that even a scaled-back version considered in the legislature -- essentially the bill vetoed last year -- would entail dramatic cost increases.
CoedEly CWCI held off Cardiff Cobras, going in first and managing 123 all out.
CWCI found that doctors' offices were charging, and getting, $126.74.
Using 1989 as a base year and a base rate of 1.00, data compiled by CWCI indicates that the loss activity rate in 1993 rose to 1.22.
The CWCI study also shows that in roughly nine out of 10 cases IMR physicians upheld the modified or denied medical service requests that they reviewed.
Pontypridd III beat Cefn Fforest/Maesycwmmer by seven wickets and Undy & Magor lost to CoedEly CWCI.
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