This study can help policymakers and other stakeholders involved in the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system identify current cost drivers and emerging trends in payments, prices, and utilization of medical services among nonhospital and hospital providers. The report also examines how these metrics of medical payments in Massachusetts compared with 16 other states (Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin). We analyzed claims with experience through 2014 for injuries up to and including 2013. In some cases, we used a longer time frame to supply historical context for key metrics. We also added information from other Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) benchmarking studies to provide a more complete picture of the system in Massachusetts.
CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Massachusetts, 16th Edition. Evelina Radeva. October 2015. WC-15-37.
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