Navigation Links
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule Changes Result in Lower Prices Paid; Costs of Medical Payments Decreasing, Says New Study
Date:10/28/2013

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: http://www.wcrinet.org/studies/public/books/BMcscope_multi14_IL_book.html.

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

ABOUT WCRI:

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 http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11271045.htm.


'/>"/>
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 6Webs.com
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:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... A prescription medication bottle, ... the fourth Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge , the Cradle to ... series of six circular design challenges scheduled to run through early 2018. The challenges ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... joined the firm as a Principal in its IT Advisory Services practice . ... in recent months as market demand for strategic IT guidance grows, and the practice ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... The ... in Tyler, has announced the latest beneficiary of their thriving community involvement program. ... organization dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of terminally ill patients. Donations to this ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... the Montclair State University’s Athletic Training Education program forged a relationship built upon ... Education Program, which is consists of both student members and certified members ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... , ... Gym Source, America’s leading retailer of premium residential and commercial fitness ... , “We are elated to be opening this new showroom,” explains Tom Richard, Chief ... clients a seamless and motivating shopping experience.” , Every fitness journey is unique, and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)...  Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW ), ... disease and critical care monitoring, plans to announce its ... after the market closes on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, ... ET that day to discuss those results. ... or (201) 689-8037.  For 72 hours following the call, ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Jan. 17, 2017  OrthoAccel ® Technologies, Inc. ... (JCO) has published "The Effect of Vibration on Molar ... by Dr. S. Jay Bowman , this prospective, ... malocclusions, AcceleDent,s SoftPulse Technology ® speeds up molar ... reducing the number of days to move the upper ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , Jan. 17, 2017 Following an ... today praised the Food and Drug Administration,s (FDA,s) ... Human Drug Products by Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities." ... proposed limitation on pre-packaging -- which would have ... costs to long term care (LTC) pharmacies.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: