WCRI News

CompScope Report Highlights Tenn. and Texas Reforms, Fla. Court Rulings

Tennessee moved from the low end to the very low end of total workers’ compensation claim costs after passage of reform legislation in 2013 that trimmed permanent partial disability benefits and slashed the number of attorneys in the system. Costs …

Value-Based Care Model Needs More Review Before Implementation in Workers’ Comp

At face value, value-based care (VBC) seems like the answer to some of the woes associated with the fee for service model currently used in workers’ compensation. However, several factors need to be considered to determine whether it can be …

WCRI: Texas Workers’ Comp Medical Costs Per Claim Down Since 2014

Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Texas decreased from 2014 to 2016 for claims with more than seven days of lost time, evaluated as of 2017. This followed several years of increasing medical costs, according to a recent study …

WCRI: Tenn. Workers’ Comp Claim Costs Lower After 2013 Reforms

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Tennessee decreased 6 percent in 2015, reflecting in part the impact of reforms enacted in 2013, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study. “Most of the 6 percent …

WCRI: Illinois’ Workers’ Comp Claim Total Cost Grew 1-3% Annually Since 2012

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois grew annually anywhere from 1 to 3 percent since 2012, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). “Due to small to moderate changes in medical …

WCRI: Little Change in Average Total Workers’ Comp Claim Cost Since 2013 Indiana Reform

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana was stable in the years since the state enacted workers’ compensation system reforms, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study. The study, CompScope Benchmarks for Indiana, 18th …

WCRI: Pennsylvania Reforms Result in Significant Decrease in Physician-Dispensed Drugs

Two years after the passage of House Bill 1846, the frequency and cost share of physician-dispensed drugs decreased considerably in Pennsylvania in line with the aims of the legislation, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute …

Florida Workers’ Comp Claim Costs Grew Moderately From 2011 to 2016

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Florida has grown moderately in recent years, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). All of the key components of total costs per claim experienced moderate …

WCRI: Formulary May Cut Prescription Drug Costs for Louisiana State Employees

A new FlashReport from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds that a Texas-like formulary for Louisiana state employees may reduce prescription drug costs by 4 to 28 percent depending on prescribers’ response to the formulary. This would have resulted …

Drug Repackagers, Compounding Pharmacies Continue to Stress Workers’ Comp Systems

Though the number of physician dispensed prescriptions declined considerably from just a few years ago, the workers’ compensation industry continues to battle an adapting market seeking to maintain high prices by changing drug strength and formulations. The impact of physician …