WCRI published the 2017 editions of its CompScope Medical Benchmarks. The Louisiana study garnered the following insights:
- Total costs per claim grew on average 4.5 percent from 2010-2015, compared with the 2.6 percent median from the other 18 study states. WCRI attributed this above average growth to longer TTD, outpatient medical costs, and defense attorney fees.
- TTD duration was 8-16 weeks longer in Louisiana than other wage loss states.
- Hospital outpatient costs were higher than average and growing; making that factor the most important driver of medical costs.
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