In industry news:

NCCI released a research brief, “Investigating the Drivers of the 2015 Workers Compensation Medical Severity Decline.” The brief is based on NCCI’s compilation and analysis of lost-time medical claims severity data from 38 states. Medical costs are currently about 60 percent of all workers’ compensation benefit costs in the United States. Medical costs in the system had a watershed year in 2015. For the first time in more than 20 years, the average severity of medical claims for employees who were out of work due to injury or illness declined, after years of steady increases in severity.

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