If states such as California and Florida can find a way to reduce the cost of delivering benefits, the money could be redistributed and made available to increase benefits to injured workers or to reduce the cost paid by employers, said Richard Victor, executive director of WCRI
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Although fairly similar to the growth in the typical study state, the overall growth rate in Minnesota was slower than typical among states that did not have major reforms during the study period, according to WCRI
Massachusetts is a good case study, because when the WCRI
looked at 2007-2010 workers' comp.
study CompScope[TM] Benchmarks for Massachusetts, 11(th) Edition reported that medical costs per claim with more than seven days of lost time in Massachusetts grew 7 percent in the most recent year and 48 percent over the study period.
report examines the state medical reimbursement and treatment prior to its reform legislation and compares the state to 16 others.
A previous WCRI
study reported that a key driver of the lower medical costs per claim in Maryland was lower prices paid for nonhospital services, which were tied to the relatively lower fee schedule rates in the state.
The study, "Longer-Term Use of Opioids," conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, finds that longer-term use--defined by WCRI
as claimants who were prescribed opioids within the first three months after a non-surgical injury and had three or more visits to fill opioid prescriptions between 7 and 12 months after the injury--increased in 10 of the study states, with the highest year-to-year increases in Arkansas (3 percent increase), Michigan (2 percent) and New York (2 percent).
The study from WCRI
discovered the average cost per workers' comp claim increased by 3 percent each year during the five-year time period, driven by wage growth, an increase in lump-sum payment frequency, and an increase in the average lump-sum payment per claim.
And I mean a big step--millions more going to the WCRI
found that total costs per claim in Michigan grew 28 percent between 2003 and 2008, or 5 percent per year on average.
also points out that in Louisiana, fee schedule rates did not change from 2002 to 2011 and prices paid for medical services remained stable.