The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) has released the 18th edition of their CompScope Benchmarks, a series of comprehensive reports that examine income benefits, overall medical payments, costs, use of benefits, duration of disability, litigiousness, benefit delivery expenses, timeliness of payment, and other metrics of system performance across 18 different workers’ compensation systems between 2011 and 2016.
Across reports for 16 research states are significant findings, such as:
- Total costs per claim remained lower in Texas than typical, reflecting the impact of reforms and system features
- Indemnity benefits per claim in Georgia were the highest among study states, mainly due to longer durations of temporary disability and more frequent lump-sum settlements with large amounts
- After legislative reforms, medical payments per claim in California decreased to the levels of other states
- Costs per claim were higher in Louisiana than most states, and are growing faster than other states, likely driven by higher and growing hospital outpatient payments
To learn more, visit WCRI online and download the reports. Reports are free for WCRI members.