National Medical Price Index: Useless Comp Measure in Certain States

This one could get a little bland and technical, but it’s pretty useful stuff so bear with me. Promise the payoff is good.

A recent 25-state study has found that the Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation (MPI-WC) is a poor measure of overall service price change in states with fee schedules.

The study had a number of major findings. There were greater pricing variations across states for major surgeries than primary care systems. Also, on the whole prices in states with no fee schedules grew more rapidly than states with them. More importantly, the study found that in states with fee schedules, price trends for workers’ compensation – measured by the MPI-WC – were poorly tracked by the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI-M) while workers’ comp and CPI- M growth trends were fairly similar in states without.

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If you would like to read the study itself, it is available in its entirety online (all 168 pages of it!). To be honest, a lot of this stuff went over my head – pulling the intern card while I still can! – so any input would be very welcomed!

Source: WorkCompWire

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