In conference news:

WCRI announced new research into the effects of the Affordable Care Act on workers’ comp at the Institute’s conference in Boston last week. Andrew Simpson, with Insurance Journal, notes that WCRI Executive Director Dr. Richard Victor presented the study’s findings, which WCRI stressed are preliminary and subject to change, during the conference on Thursday. According to the preliminary data, the claims “cost-shifting” to workers’ comp is already happening in states where capitated health plans are popular because workers’ compensation pays physicians more than capitated health plans pay by using a fee-for-service model rather than a flat fee. Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) created under the health law en masse also apparently encourage this shift, as ACOs also use a flat per-patient reimbursement.

Read further details from Insurance Journal here.

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