In research news:

New WCRI data shows that claims costs in Texas grew more slowly than almost any other study state. Researchers found that costs per claim in the state grew 2.5 percent per year from 2008 to 2013, as measured in 2014. However, though indemnity claims and benefit delivery expenses grew more slowly in Texas, medical costs grew about 4 percent per year, just slightly faster than the typical state. WCRI attributed that rise in medical to increased payments for professional/non-hospital services. According to WCRI, changes in indemnity and duration of disability were largely due to recession and recovery patterns.

Read an overview from Claims Journal here. Purchase the study from WCRI here.

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