The percentage of medical services to injured workers delivered by network physicians in California jumped sharply after medical provider networks were introduced into the workers' compensation system in 2005.
A sharp decline in revenues from premiums has had a significant impact on Oregon's workers' compensation system. Due to high unemployment resulting from the economic downturn, officials from the Workers' Compensation Division are exploring new cost-cutting measures to offset the shortfall.
Most private employers in Ohio will see their workers' compensation premiums drop beginning in July. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's board of directors unanimously approved an overall premium rate decrease of 3.9 percent, sending rates 35 percent lower than policy year 2007.
The cost per claim of prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Louisiana was significantly higher than in most study states, according to a report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute.