Increasing costs for medical care for treating injured workers have been a focus of public policymakers and system stakeholders. This 31-state study will help them 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.
The MPI-WC tracked medical prices paid for professional 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 31 states included in the MPI-WC, which represent nearly 85 percent of the workers' compensation benefits paid in the United States, are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
WCRI Medical Price Index for Workers' Compensation, Seventh Edition. Rui Yang and Olesya Fomenko. November 2015. WC-15-47.
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