CompScope™ Benchmarks for Massachusetts, 17th Edition

By Evelina Radeva

April 18, 2017 Related Topics: Annual State CompScope™ Benchmarks

The study can help policymakers and other system stakeholders interested in the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system identify current cost drivers and emerging trends for a wide variety of workers’ compensation cost measures, including the following:

  • income benefits,
  • overall medical
  • payments,
  • costs,
  • use of benefits,
  • duration of disability,
  • litigiousness,
  • benefit delivery expenses,
  • timeliness of payment,
  • permanent partial disability,
  • temporary total disability and
  • other metrics.

It compares these metrics in Massachusetts with similar measures from 17 other states: Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

This study analyzes workers’ compensation claims with injury dates between 2010 and 2015 (evaluated as of March 31, 2016) for claims at various maturities. In some cases, a longer time frame is used to supply a historical context for key metrics.

CompScope™ Benchmarks for Massachusetts, 17th Edition. Evelina Radeva. April 2017. WC-17-08.


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Research Questions:

  • What factors contributed to the stable workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts?
  • How medical-legal expenses per claim and defense attorney payment per claim in Massachusetts compared with other study states?
  • What are the key system features that contributed to typical indemnity benefits per claim in Massachusetts?

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