This 16th edition CompScope™ Benchmarks study continues to monitor the effects of major legislation passed in 2011, House Bill (HB) 709. This report includes claims occurring up to about 39 months after the income benefit provisions of HB 709 became effective, so it provides an early look at changes in patterns of some indemnity components that could be related to those provisions.
This study benchmarks the performance of the North Carolina workers’ compensation system as compared to 17 other states, focusing on income benefits, overall medical payments, costs, use of benefits, duration of temporary disability, litigiousness, benefit delivery expenses, timeliness of first indemnity payment, and other metrics. It also examines how these system performance metrics have changed primarily from 2009 to 2014. We analyzed claims with experience through 2015 for injuries up to and including 2014. In some cases, we used a longer time frame to supply a historical context for key metrics.
Monitoring the North Carolina System: CompScope™ Benchmarks, 16th Edition. Carol A. Telles. April 2016. WC-16-12.
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