Fact Checking

As noted in the last edition of this publication, the latest existential threat to California’s workers’ compensation system is Assembly Bill 1465 co-authored by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Reyes (D-San … Read More »

Baker Reforms Brought Medical Cost Normalcy

A new analysis of the impact of the Baker Workers’ Comp Reforms – known legislatively as SB 863 – finds that California’s medical payments have now fallen in line with those of its peer states. For years medical costs have been significantly above the norm. Analysis from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, (WCRI), finds that … Read More »

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SB 863 Impacts On California Workers’ Comp Claims

New research indicates that medical costs in California’s workers’ comp system declined by 5% in 2013 and estimates are the SB 863 reforms played a vital part in bringing these costs down. In spite of the reduction, however, the average incurred medical cost for a California workers’ comp claim is still significantly higher than comparable … Read More »

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Michigan’s Cut Rates 28%, California’s Not So Much

California employers supported workers’ comp reforms in 2012, but are still waiting to reap many of the promised rewards from that package as workers’ comp rates continue to climb – another 2.2% for 2015 under the just released rate decision. Not all reforms take so long to deliver, however. Industry insiders note that Michigan passed … Read More »

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RBRVS Switch Is Boosting Physician Payments, Researchers Find

California employers can expect to pay approximately 8% more for basic services provided to injured workers under the reimbursement changes implemented by the SB 863 reforms. Researchers at the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute say the shift in funds from specialists to primary care providers would boost payments for common office visits by 36%. But the … Read More »

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Health Status, Job Security Are Strong Indicators For Delayed Return-To-Work

Employers and claims administrators looking to limit the duration of workers’ comp claims would do well to focus interventions on the claims that are most likely to linger.  Industry researchers say there are some common predictors of troublesome claims. Ongoing research from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute shows that ancillary health problems and/or a worker’s fear … Read More »

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California System Ranks High For Long-Term Opioid Use

Injured workers in California’s workers’ comp system are more likely to be taking opioids and using them for an extended period of time than their counterparts in 19 other states reviewed by researchers at the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 25-state review, which covers over 70% of the workers’ comp benefits paid in the … Read More »

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WCRI Study: Lots Of Room For California To Improve

California’s workers’ comp system has a long way to go to catch up with other states in a number of important measures surrounding indemnity and return-to-work rates.  California employers – at least from a workers compensation costs standpoint can conclude they are at a clear disadvantage. It’s unclear whether the recent reforms will close the gap, … Read More »

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