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Stability is a common theme in pre-COVID-19 workers compensation medical treatment cost trends across 18 states studied by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, according to a report released Thursday.
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based institute examined trends in payments, prices and utilization of medical care for workers with injuries for its annual benchmark report, providing analyses of how medical payments per claim and cost components varied from state to state between 2013 and 2019.
WCRI, in announcing the batch of 15 reports released Thursday, noted these key findings :
The 18 states in the study ― Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin ― represent more than 60% of the nation’s workers comp benefit payments. Individual reports are available for every state except Arkansas, Iowa and Tennessee.