CompScope™ Benchmarks for Massachusetts, 23rd Edition

By Roman Dolinschi

April 18, 2023 Related Topics: CompScope™ Benchmarks

This study helps policymakers and other system stakeholders in Massachusetts identify current cost drivers and emerging trends in indemnity benefits, medical payments, and benefit delivery expenses. It compares the performance of state workers’ compensation systems in Massachusetts and 16 other states, focusing on income benefits, costs, overall medical payments, use of benefits, duration of temporary disability, benefit delivery expenses, timeliness of payments, and other metrics. The study also examines how these system performance metrics have changed, mainly from 2016 to 2021, for claims at various claim maturities. We analyze claims with experience through 2022 for injuries up to and including 2021, and, in some cases, we use a longer time frame to supply historical context. We also include information from other Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) benchmarking studies to provide a more complete picture of the system in Massachusetts.

Note that the results we report reflect experience on claims through March 2022, including non-COVID-19 claims only from the first and second years of the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020 through September 2021). The study, therefore, provides a look at how the pandemic impacted non-COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims in the first two years of the pandemic.  

CompScope™ Benchmarks for Massachusetts, 23rd Edition. Roman Dolinschi. April 2023. WC-23-06.

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Research Questions:

  • How does the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system compare with 16 other states?
  • How has the performance of the Massachusetts workers' compensation system changed over time?
  • Did COVID-19 have any impact on Massachusetts’ workers' compensation system?

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