CompScope™ Benchmarks for Michigan, 17th Edition

By Evelina Radeva

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

This study can help policymakers and other system stakeholders interested in the Michigan 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 Michigan with similar measures from 17 other states: Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, 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 Michigan, 17th Edition. Evelina Radeva. April 2017. WC-17-09.

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Research Questions:

  • What are the features of Michigan’s workers’ compensation system driving the trends in indemnity benefits per claim? 
  • How Michigan compares to other study states on duration of temporary disability, proportion of claims with settlements and the average amount paid?
  • What factors contributed to the decrease in proportion of claims with litigation expenses per claim in Michigan since 2009?

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