Monitoring Trends in the New York Workers’ Compensation System, 2005-2014

By Carol A. Telles, William Monnin-Browder

February 27, 2017 Related Topics: Annual State Medical CompScope™ Benchmarks

The study is the ninth annual report to regularly track key metrics of the performance of the workers’ compensation system after the implementation of the March 2007 statutory changes in New York and subsequent legislative and administrative changes.

The key reform measures increased maximum statutory benefits, limited the number of weeks of permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, implemented medical treatment guidelines, adopted a fee schedule for pharmaceuticals, established networks for diagnostic services and thresholds for preauthorization, and enacted administrative changes to increase the speed of resolving disputes. 

The regular monitoring of system performance helps policymakers and system stakeholders focus attention on the objectives that are being met, objectives that are not being met, and any unintended consequences that have emerged.

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Research Questions:

  • Did utilization of medical care change following implementation of the treatment guidelines?
  • How did indemnity benefits per claim change after increases in the maximum statutory benefits and caps on duration of PPD benefits?
  • Did defense attorney involvement and average payments change since the 2007 reforms?

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