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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...

CWCI Study Finds California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Exceed Pre-Reform Levels

Average amounts paid per claim for treatment, prescriptions and durable medical equipment (DME), medical management and cost containment, and med-legal reports in the California workers' compensation system have grown steadily since 2005, pushing average medical expenditures above the levels noted...

CWCI Study Finds California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Exceed Pre-Reform Levels

Average amounts paid per claim for treatment, prescriptions and durable medical equipment (DME), medical management and cost containment, and med-legal reports in the California workers' compensation system have grown steadily since 2005, pushing average medical expenditures above the levels noted...

California Private Self-Insured Claim Frequency Edged Down in 2010, But Average Claim Costs Rose

Workers’ compensation claim frequency among private self-insured employers in California registered a slight decline last year, but only because the incidence of low cost medical-only claims declined according to a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) analysis of data compiled...

California Private Self-Insured Claim Frequency Edged Down in 2010, But Average Claim Costs Rose

Workers’ compensation claim frequency among private self-insured employers in California registered a slight decline last year, but only because the incidence of low cost medical-only claims declined according to a new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) analysis of data compiled...

CWCI Summarizes 2011 California Workers’ Comp Enacted Legislation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has completed a review of 2011 legislation signed by Governor Brown and flagged 20 workers’ compensation related bills that were enacted this year. They include: AB 55, Gatto: Extension of the right of entertainment production companies...

CWCI Summarizes 2011 California Workers’ Comp Enacted Legislation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has completed a review of 2011 legislation signed by Governor Brown and flagged 20 workers’ compensation related bills that were enacted this year. They include: AB 55, Gatto: Extension of the right of entertainment production companies...

CWCI Study Finds Use of Physician Networks in California Workers’ Comp Is at a Record High

The use of network physicians to provide medical care to injured workers in California rose sharply in 2005 -- immediately after Medical Provider Networks (MPNs) first became available in California workers’ compensation, expanding employer medical control from 30 days to the life of the claim...

California Workers’ Comp Regulators Announce 2012 User Funding and Assessment Rates

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has calculated the 2012 assessments that state law requires workers' compensation insurers to collect from policyholders in order to fund the budget of the state Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) and five related programs established...

No Change in California Workers’ Comp Medical Mileage Rate For 2012 Travel

The mileage rate that workers’ comp claims administrators pay injured workers for travel related to medical treatment or evaluation of their injuries will remain at 55.5¢ per mile for travel on or after January 1, 2012, regardless of the date of injury. California Labor Code §4600 ...

CWCI Report Documents Increasing Workers’ Comp Losses For California Public Self-Insureds

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute analysis of more than 10 years’ worth of data compiled by the California Office of Self-Insurance Plans (OSIP) shows that for the fifth year in a row, increases in the average loss per claim, led by escalating medical losses, pushed up total...

CWCI Estimates Workers’ Comp Spinal Implant Pass-Through Payments Topped $67 Million in 2010

Duplicate payments to hospitals allowed by the California Workers’ Compensation Official Medical Fee Schedule for implantable hardware used in spinal surgery added an average of $20,137 in fees to 3,350 work injury claims in 2010, boosting workers’ compensation medical costs by nearly $67...

California Public Sector Work Injury Claim Payments Remain Near 10-Year High

Even with the volume of job injury claims reported by California public self-insured entities hovering near a 10-year low last year, total paid and incurred workers’ compensation claim costs for cities, counties and other public agencies in the state remained near their 10-year highs according...