The prices paid for medical professional services for injured workers were higher and rising faster in states without fee schedules compared with states that have them in place, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) study, Medical Price Index for Workers' Compensation, Fourth Edition (MPI-WC).
This WCRI study is designed to help public policymakers and system stakeholders understand how prices paid for medical professional services for injured workers in their states compare with other states and know if prices in their state are rising rapidly or relatively slowly. They can also learn if the reason for price growth in their state is part of a national phenomenon or whether the causes are unique to their state and hence, subject to local management or reform.
Sample of Major Findings:
The MPI-WC tracks medical prices paid in 25 large states from calendar year 2002 through June 2011 for non-hospital, non-facility services billed by physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors. The medical services fall into eight major groups: evaluation and management, physical medicine, surgery, major radiology, minor radiology, neurological and neuromuscular testing, pain management injections, and emergency care.
The 25 states included in the MPI-WC, which represent nearly 80 percent of the workers' compensation benefits paid in the United States, are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
WCRI Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation, Fourth Edition (MPI-WC). Rui Yang and Olesya Fomenko. March 2012. WC-12-20.
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