CompScope™ Benchmarks for Virginia, 17th Edition

By Bogdan Savych

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

This report helps policymakers and other system stakeholders interested in the Virginia workers’ compensation system identify current cost drivers and emerging trends in a wide variety of performance measures of state workers’ compensation systems.

It provides meaningful comparisons between Virginia and 17 other study states (Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin), on key 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.

The study examines how these metrics have changed from 2010 to 2015. In some cases, a longer time frame was used to supply a historical context for the system. Claims with experience through March 2016 for injuries up to and including 2015 were analyzed. 

CompScope™ Benchmarks for Virginia, 17th Edition. Bogdan Savych. April 2017. WC-17-15.

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Research Questions:

  • How does the performance of Virginia Workers’ Compensation system compare with that in other states?
  • What are the main factors explaining differences in indemnity and medical costs across states, including Virginia?
  • What are the factors behind changes in Virginia workers' compensation costs over time?

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