Medical Costs in Workers Compensation

Medical Costs in Workers Compensation

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This study compares medical costs in Minnesota1s workers1 compensation system to workers1 compensation medical costs in other states. Medical coverage in the workers1 compensation system is virtually the same in all states. If we assume workers in each state had similar injuries, the amount and type of medical care should be approximately the same in each. Under these assumptions, observed differences in medical costs could occur for a number of reasons. Among them are interstate differences in average medical costs, worker demographics and workers1 compensation systems.Beyond that, it appears that certain provider groups are used more often than others for specific types of injuries. ... by Liberty Mutual for providers that could not be classified as one of the listed physician specialties, a chiropractor or ... Only if we know that the aquot;other medicalaquot; categories are used and specific provider categories are not can we question the reliability of the rates of specific provider use.

Title:Medical Costs in Workers Compensation
Author:Greg Gifford
Publisher:DIANE Publishing - 1990-06-01


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