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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Aside from the 10 states that showed 1-3 percent increases in longer-term opioid use, WCRI
says Massachusetts was the only other state to record a meaningful change compared to last year's study.
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.
Its in-house capacity to study medical care is limited and would take years to develop to the scale of the WCRI
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.
adds that about 55-85 percent of injured workers receive opioids "despite medical recommendations to avoid routine prescription and to limit the use of opioids to more severe pain or pain which is unresponsive to other analgesics.
Day 1 highlights recent findings from WCRI
studies and Day 2 focuses on public or private initiatives for improving worker outcomes while lowering employer costs.
found that total costs per claim in Michigan grew 28 percent between 2003 and 2008, or 5 percent per year on average.