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North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Payments Per Claim On The Rise


Posted on Jul 16, 2009

According to an article published by Business Wire, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) has reported a number of interesting findings related to North Carolina Workers' Compensation. The data reported has been a driving focus of recent regulation in the form of fee schedule changes that took effect earlier this month.

The WCRI's research has revealed that North Carolina's Workers' Compensation payments per claim are much higher than the fourteen other states that it was compared to. In addition, the WCRI study put forth that the NC Workers Compensation payments per claim were growing rapidly.

The growth rate of NC workers' comp payments per claim have been on the rise since 2001, and at a slightly higher rate than the median growth.

The study, called CompScope(TM) Medical Benchmarks for North Carolina, 9th Edition, found that payments per claim to hospital providers were 43 percent higher than the median payment. WCRI believes that these significantly higher numbers are due to higher outpatient payments per service, higher inpatient payments per service, and a higher rate of surgical operations. In addition, medical payments per claim were13 percent higher than the median of the 14 states studied.

The higher rates of surgery in North Carolina could have a number of different causes, but may mainly point to a different approach to overall care throughout the state.

The study also raised questions about the availability of chiropractor care for injured workers in North Carolina.

To learn more about the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), click here.

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