Navigation Links
New Study Tracks Latest Changes in New York Workers’ Compensation System after 2007 Reforms
Date:10/23/2013

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) October 23, 2013

The ongoing effects of workers’ compensation reforms enacted in New York in 2007 are monitored by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in a new study that focuses on objectives that are being achieved, objectives that are not being met, and any unintended consequences that have emerged.

The new WCRI study, Monitoring Changes in New York after the 2007 Reforms, is the latest edition of an annual report to regularly track key metrics of the performance of the state’s workers’ compensation system following the implementation of 2007 reforms.

The reforms increased maximum statutory benefits, limited the number of weeks of permanent partial disability (PPD) payments, created medical treatment guidelines, adopted a fee schedule for pharmaceuticals, established networks for diagnostic services and thresholds for preauthorization, and enacted administrative changes to increase speed of case resolution.

“This is a significant tool for tracking the latest changes to the New York workers’ compensation system following the reforms in 2007,” said Ramona Tanabe, deputy director and counsel for WCRI. “It can help public policymakers, employers, insurers, and other stakeholders determine the effectiveness of the changes and if they have generated unintended consequences.”

The following are among the study’s key findings:

  •     The average weekly temporary total disability benefit increased 26 percent after the implementation of three increases in the benefit rate between 2007 and 2009.
  •     The percentage of PPD cases with no lump-sum payments at an average 24 months of experience fell 13 points from 2007 to 2009, while there was a 10.5 point increase in cases with lump-sum settlements but no PPD payments.
  •     The implementation and subsequent change of the pharmaceutical fee schedule decreased the average price per pill by 10 to 20 percent, depending on drug and dosage.
  •     Defense attorney involvement increased from 2005 through 2007, was relatively stable from 2007 through 2009, and then increased by about 2 percentage points in 2010, driven mainly by cases with defense attorney payments of less than or equal to $500.
The report noted that the changes have various effective dates and have been instituted over time. As a result, it will be several more years before the full effects of the reforms will be realized.

The study uses open and closed indemnity and medical-only claims with dates of injury from October 2004 through September 2010, with experience as of March 2011. The data are representative of the New York system.

Click on the following link to purchase this study: http://www.wcrinet.org/result/ny_reforms_2013_result.html.

The Cambridge-based WCRI is recognized as a 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/prweb11259091.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Los Angeles Parathyroid Surgeon Responds to Study Indicating Advantages of Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery
2. Flu shot halves risk of heart attack or stroke in people with history of heart attack, study finds
3. Flu shot halves risk of heart attack or stroke in people with history of heart attack, study finds
4. Opioids for chronic pain: Study looks at how patients and their doctors talk about risks
5. Study Examines Connections Between Depression and Breast Cancer, Allsup Reports
6. New Autism Study Reveals Effectiveness of Web-Based Intervention Tool for Challenging Behaviors
7. Tufts Medical Center to lead 20-center study on vitamin Ds effect on Type 2 diabetes
8. UCLA gets $7 million to study substance use and HIV among minority men who have sex with men
9. Large prospective study finds long-term obesity is associated with poorer pancreatic cancer survival
10. Study examines endoscopic ultrasound-guided drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts
11. Recent Study Shows Short-Term Conditioning Program Improves Tennis Players’ Serve Velocity by Nearly 5 MPH, Announces Performance Health
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements ... was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is ... herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library ... City Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ... for fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the ... to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The ... Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out ... family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers ... would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for a Fair ... hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same rate as ... the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. , The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced ... Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality ... - Global Forecast to 2021" report to their ... global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to reach USD ... in the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" report to ... report contains up to date financial data derived from varied ... major trends with potential impact on the market during the ... segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional and country level ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology and ... platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 nd ... 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A demonstration ... of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will be ... is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: