CompScope™ Benchmarks for Pennsylvania, 17th Edition

By Evelina Radeva

April 13, 2017 Related Topics: Annual State CompScope™ Benchmarks

This study can help policymakers and other system stakeholders interested in the Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania with similar measures from 17 other states: Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, 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 Pennsylvania, 17th Edition. Evelina Radeva. April 2017. WC-17-13.

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Research Questions:

  • What are the recent trends in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation payments per claim and in their main components—medical and indemnity payments? What factors might have contributed to those changes?
  • What factors likely affected the length of temporary disability benefits in Pennsylvania? 

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