The Effects of Provider Choice Policies on Workers' Compensation Costs
We examine the effects of provider choice policies on workers’ compensation medical and indemnity costs. We find no difference in average medical costs between states where policies give employers control over the choice of provider and states where policies instead give workers the most control. But a richer distributional analysis indicates that developed medical costs for the costliest cases are higher in states where policies give workers more control over provider choice. We find similar evidence for indemnity costs, although the point estimates also indicate (statistically insignificantly) higher average costs where policy gives workers the most control over provider choice. Overall, the evidence suggests little relationship between provider choice policies and average medical or indemnity costs, but a higher incidence of high-cost cases when policies give workers more control of the choice of provider.
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- David Neumark & Peter S. Barth & Richard A. Victor, 2007.
"The Impact of Provider Choice on Workers' Compensation Costs and Outcomes,"
Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 61(1), pages 121-142, October.
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