Navigation Links
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule Changes Result in Lower Prices Paid; Costs of Medical Payments Decreasing, Says New Study

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) October 28, 2013

The costs of medical care to treat injured workers in Illinois are declining, the result of regulatory change enacted in 2011, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

The report, Benchmarks for Illinois, CompScope™ 14th Edition, finds medical payments per claim, for claims with more than 7 days of lost time, decreased five percent in 2011. The study reports the decline likely reflected the early impact of the 30 percent reduction in fee schedule rates for medical services.

“The study will help policymakers and other stakeholders to observe and evaluate key metrics of system performance change in Illinois and compare this with the expectations and goals for the reforms,” said Ramona Tanabe, WCRI’s deputy director and counsel.

In particular, prices paid for professional services to physicians, physical/occupational therapists, and chiropractors were directly affected by the reduction in the fee schedule rates, declining 24 percent between 2010 and 2012.

Prices paid for all types of services fell in Illinois, including office visits, major surgery, physical medicine, pain management injections, and minor radiology, according to the study.

The study also noted medical cost containment expenses per claim, such as the costs of bill review, case management, and utilization review, rose moderately at five percent in 2011 after little change in the prior year.

The 2011 reforms also focused on some of the large cost drivers behind wage replacement payments—indemnity benefits—particularly the duration of temporary disability, by setting limits on the duration of benefits for carpal tunnel injuries and wage differential benefits.

In the years prior to the enactment of the reforms, the study found that the duration of temporary disability rose rapidly in Illinois, from 16 weeks in 2006 to 21 weeks in 2009, propelling growth in indemnity benefits per claim. Future analysis will determine whether the reforms achieved the intended results.

WCRI also reported that medical-legal expenses per claim grew much faster in Illinois than in most of the other states in the 16-state study, likely because Illinois does not regulate payments for independent medical examinations, which were used frequently prior to 2011 as part of the utilization review process.

Click on the following link to purchase this study:

The Cambridge-based WCRI is recognized as the leader in providing high-quality, objective information about public policy issues involving workers' compensation systems.


The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. Since 1983, WCRI has been a catalyst for significant improvements in workers' compensation systems around the world with its objective, credible, and high-quality research. WCRI's members include employers; insurers; governmental entities; managed care companies; health care providers; insurance regulators; state labor organizations; and state administrative agencies in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Illinois Health Plan for Medicaid Families Gets Top Honors for Consumer Engagement and Protection
2. Foot Levelers to Attend Ohio and Illinois Chiropractic Events
3. Senior Services of Illinois Takes the Confusion out of Obamacare
4. Athletico Physical Therapy Opens Facility in Orland Park, Illinois
5. Zion Health Announces Native Remedy: ClayBrite Non-Fluoride Natural Toothpaste formulated to Prevent Gum Disease now available at Hy-Vee Health Food Store in Illinois
6. Zane Benefits Publishes New Information on Illinois Health Insurance Exchange Carriers
7. 2013 Top Chicago, Illinois Home Security System Companies Published by
8. Card Scanning Solutions Inc. to Exhibit at the ACE 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois
9. Native Remedy for Skin Care: Hy Vee Illinois Health Food Store Features Uniquely Formulated Deodorant; ClayDry Natural Deodorant without Aluminum
10. Illinois Officially Becomes The 20th Medical Marijuana State
11. New Incline Platform Wheelchair Lift from Butler Mobility is Carried by Access Elevator Serving Southern Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/29/2015)... ... , ... Key Housing, a top-rated corporate housing service for the San Jose ... Epic. In showcasing this featured apartment community in San Jose, Key Housing is helping ... efficiently find housing suitable to their needs by showcasing quality housing. , “San Jose ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... November 28, 2015 , ... Trying to relax on a ... COUCH BUDDY. "I conceived of this design due to personal experience with a bad ... It promotes relaxation and convenience, as well as increases support. It also makes it ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... There is only one major question facing all law firms in the ... has not been an easy question to answer. Especially when the senior partners and ... don’t share the same discipline around working long hours. , In addition to ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... According to an article ... the way that they are handling security in light of the recent terrorist attacks ... in an attempt to stop an attack from reaching U.S. soil. Especially around special ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... a safe and convenient way to dispense prescription medications at home, so he ... effective way to monitor and dispense prescription medications. In doing so, it could ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... -- Research and Markets ( ) has announced ... by Type (Dressings, Therapy Devices, Active Wound Care), Application ... and Geography - Global Forecast to 2020" report ... --> The purpose of this report is ... global advanced wound care market. It involves deep dive ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... --> adds "Global Repaglinide ... "Investigation Report on China Repaglinide Market, ... forecasts data and information to its ... . --> ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Nov. 26, 2015 Research ... addition of the "2016 Future Horizons and ... (TDM) Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive ... --> --> ... analysis of the Italian therapeutic drug monitoring market, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: