In research news:

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released its CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Louisiana (16th Edition) yesterday. Among the major findings:

  • Medical payments per claim were stable from 2011 to 2013, in contrast to growth averaging 5 percent per year from 2008 to 2011. According to WCRI, several factors contributed to the recent stability in medical payments, including: “little change in payments per service for most hospital outpatient services, fewer visits per claim for hospital and nonhospital care [WCRI cites the July 2011 medical treatment guidelines as an explanation for that element], and stable hospital payments per inpatient episode.”
  • Hospital outpatient payments per claim in Louisiana were “among the highest of the states and were a key driver of the higher and growing medical payments per claim.”
  • Medical payment per claim with more than seven days of lost time in Louisiana were “higher than those of many states and growing in most years from 1996 through 2011. From 2011 to 2013, however, there was little change.”

Purchase a copy of the study via WCRI here and additional summary of the report here.

 

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