CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Virginia, 17th Edition

By Bogdan Savych

October 1, 2016 Related Topics: Medical Costs, Utilization, Annual State Medical CompScope™ Benchmarks

This 17th edition of CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks provides information for Virginia policymakers and stakeholders on various components of workers’ compensation medical payments and on drivers of changes in medical costs per claim from 2009 to 2014 (evaluated in 2015). 

Among the main components of medical costs, the report highlights prices paid for medical services and utilization of those services. It also compares these metrics in Virginia with similar measures from 17 other states (Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin).

The report helps 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 for a set of similar claims; or reveal areas where legislative changes or state system features and processes may be impacting the costs or delivery of medical services.

CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Virginia, 17th Edition. Bogdan Savych. October2016. WC-16-67.

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Research Questions:

  1. How are workers' compensation medical payments distributed across providers and services? 

  2. How do medical payments, prices and utilization per claim differ across states for similar injures and workers? 

  3. 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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