CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Minnesota, 18th Edition

By Sharon E. Belton

October 19, 2017 Related Topics: Medical Costs, Utilization, Annual State Medical CompScope™ Benchmarks

This study examines medical payments, prices, and utilization in Minnesota and compares them with 17 other states (Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin). 

Legislation enacted in 2015 changed Minnesota’s hospital inpatient reimbursement from a charge-based system to the use of Medicare severity diagnosis-related groups (MS-DRGs) effective for discharges after January 1, 2016. This 18th edition report benchmarks the Minnesota system prior to the implementation of the new inpatient fee regulations. Future editions of the CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks reports will help Minnesota policymakers monitor trends in inpatient payments under the new DRG-based reimbursement regulations. 

The report can help policymakers and other stakeholders identify changes over time in the provision of workers’ compensation medical care; detect areas where medical payments per claim, prices, or utilization may be higher or lower compared with other study states; and reveal areas where legislative changes or system features and processes may be impacting the costs or delivery of medical services.

This study covers 2010 to 2015, with claims experience through March 2016. Where relevant, findings from other Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) studies are added to provide a more complete picture of the system.

CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Minnesota, 18th Edition. Sharon E. Belton. October 2017. WC-17-43.

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Research Questions:

  • How are workers' compensation medical payments distributed across providers and services?
  • How do medical payments, prices, and utilization per claim differ across study states?
  • How have medical payments, prices, and utilization per claim changed over time within a state, and what are the major drivers of those changes?

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