Rising hospital costs have been a concern and focus of recent public policy debates in many states. This study assists policymakers and business decision makers in managing this growth by allowing them to compare hospital outpatient costs across states, to identify key cost drivers, and to evaluate the impact of reforms.
The hospital outpatient cost indices compare payments paid for common outpatient surgical episodes under workers’ compensation from state to state in each study year and compare the trends within each state from 2005 to 2012. This study covers 33 large states representing nearly 90 percent of the workers’ compensation benefits paid in the United States.
The states included in the study are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Hospital Outpatient Cost Index for Workers’ Compensation, 3rd Edition. Olesya Fomenko and Rui Yang. December 2014. WC-14-66.
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