According to a new study reported by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, medical costs for workers compensation were on the rise in Pennsylvania.
The study reported that lower doctor and hospital costs per claim were driven by lower to typical prices paid to doctors and lower payments per service for hospital outpatient services.
Higher costs per claim for services were billed by chiropractors and physical/occupational therapists which stemmed from higher utilization of these services due to more visits per claim offset by typical prices paid.
In Pennsylvania, the study found more claims received clinic/evaluation and office visits, physical therapy, and minor X-rays in a hospital outpatient setting than in other study states. This might suggest that more routine procedures were delivered in a hospital outpatient setting in Pennsylvania than were provided by nonhospital providers in other states.
While more care was delivered in a hospital outpatient setting, the average medical cost per claim in Pennsylvania was substantially lower than other study states.