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The Workers Compensation Research Institute on Tuesday released its latest set of state reports, updating workers compensation policymakers and stakeholders on trends and cost-drivers in 18 individual states.
In its 19th year, the CompScope reports provide in-depth analyses of comp systems, examining how income benefits, overall medical payments, duration of temporary disability, litigiousness, benefit delivery expenses, and timeliness of first indemnity payment change over time, and the states compare to each other.
The state reports, each over 200 pages, explore such factors as the time from injury to first indemnity payment, the average total cost per claim, the average payment per claim for medical care, and the average payment per claim for indemnity benefits, as well as how state results may reflect system features and processes.
The 18 states in the study are Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. There are individual reports for every state except Arkansas and Iowa.
Each report ranks states in terms of indemnity benefits per claim, costs of claims with more than seven days lost time, and medical payments per claim, among other measures.
According to the reports:
A study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute found vast differences in state’s workers compensation treatment guidelines and how those guidelines are enforced.