CWCI Study Documents Ongoing Increases in Use of Network Physicians in California Workers’ Comp

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study shows the percentage of medical services to injured workers delivered by network physicians jumped sharply immediately after Medical Provider Networks (MPNs) were introduced into the workers’ compensation system in 2005, and that...

CWCI Study Documents Recent Surge in California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments

New CWCI research that measures changes in California workers’ compensation medical expense payments from 2002 through the first half of 2009 confirms that there was a brief downturn in medical expenditures immediately following the enactment of reforms in 2004, but within two years the average...

Drop in California Average Weekly Wage Means No Change in Some Workers’ Comp Benefits in 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor has released new data showing California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) edged down from $984.83 to $979.90 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2010 – a decline of about 0.5 percent. As a result, there will be no change in minimum and maximum temporary total...

New CWCI Study Takes an Updated Look at California Workers’ Comp TD Outcomes

New research from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute confirms that temporary disability (TD) outcomes in California’s $8 billion workers’ compensation system have continued to improve since the enactment of 2004 reform legislation, with ongoing reductions noted in both the...

CWCI Data Quantifies Attorney Involvement in California Workers’ Comp

New data from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute reveals a high level of attorney involvement in California’s “no-fault” workers’ compensation system and finds that between 2000 and 2008, attorneys were involved in nearly 44 percent of all lost-time claims and...

California Private Self-Insured Claim Volume Fell in 2009, But Average Claim Costs Continued Up

Private self-insured employers in California reported 10,463 fewer work injury claims in 2009 – a claim count that was down 11.2 percent from 2008 -- but their aggregate claim costs fell just 4.1 percent as the average amount they paid per claim rose sharply according to new data issued by the...

CWCI Finds Average TD Payments In California Workers’ Comp Are Up as TD Duration Increases

New CWCI data on temporary disability (TD) claim experience in California workers’ compensation since the enactment of 2004 reforms (SB 899) shows that average TD benefit payments and paid TD days have been increasing in recent years, with average TD paid 12 months after the initial payment on...