Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) News

Medical Payments per Workers’ Comp Claim Flatten in Indiana

Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana changed little from 2013 to 2014, a sharp contrast to the increases of the prior nine years, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Before the recent …

Hospital Surgery Rates for Workers’ Compensation Vary Widely

Hospital rates for outpatient surgery paid by workers’ compensation vary significantly across states with states with fixed fee schedules having lower surgery costs for injured workers. Workers compensation costs for injured worker surgery also vary a great deal from Medicare …

WCRI Study Finds ‘Noticeable’ Drop in Opioid Prescriptions in Workers’ Compensation Cases

A new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found “noticeable decreases” in the amount of opioids prescribed per workers’ compensation claim in a majority of 25  states studied. The WCRI study, Interstate Variations in Use of Opioids, 3rd …

How State Policies Affect Low Back Pain Costs

Public policies on the treatment and benefits for injured workers explain some of the state-level variation in costs and outcomes of claims for low back pain, according to a new medical study. The study in the December Journal of Occupational …

Louisiana Medical Payments per Workers’ Comp Claim Stable: WCRI

Growth in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Louisiana slowed from 2011 to 2013, in part due to decreases in utilization of hospital and nonhospital care, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The …

Indiana Workers’ Comp Claim Payments Rose Quickly Through 2013

Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana were higher and rising faster than in most states examined in a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The report, CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Indiana, 16th Edition, covers the …

Workers’ Comp Medical Payments in Illinois Rose in 2013: Report

Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois rose 4.1 percent in 2013, after decreasing 20 percent between 2010 and 2012 as a result of a 30 percent reduction in fee schedule rates, according to a recent study by the …

WCRI: Georgia Workers Comp Indemnity Benefits Key Cost Contributor

Indemnity benefits per claim with more than seven days of lost time in Georgia were among the highest of the 17 study states and the main contributor to the higher total costs per claim in the state, according to a …

Workers’ Comp Costs Relatively Low in Michigan: Study

Workers’ compensation costs per claim in Michigan were lower than that of the typical state in a comparison of 17 states by the the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The WCRI study, CompScope Benchmarks for Michigan, 15th Edition, found that the …

WCRI: North Carolina Workers Comp Indemnity Benefits Higher Than Other States

North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system had the highest indemnity benefits per claim of 17 states in a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study, which can serve as a baseline to observe the effects of 2011 reforms to the state’s …