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Employers Can Help Themselves in Controlling Worker’s Compensation Costs

By January 24, 2014February 21st, 2020Archived Blogs, Personal Insurance


Recent industry studies have shown that the medical costs for Worker’s Compensation (WC) claims are growing at a faster rate than the lost wage portion of the claims. Insurance industry professionals have seen a dramatic increase in both the utilization of medical treatment and a rise in the medication component of claims. Increased medical costs generally go hand-in-hand with missed time from work.

How does an employer make an impact on these costs? In states where employers/insurance carriers have the right to direct medical treatment, make sure you’re taking advantage of it. Furthermore, develop a positive working relationship with the local physicians treating your employees.

We suggest that you take the following steps when interacting with your local WC physicians:


    • Create an expectation that they’ll communicate promptly with you about the care that is provided to your employees and their return-to-work capabilities
    • Make them aware of your willingness to bring employees back to modified duty jobs
    • Have them visit your plant/operation/office so they understand the job tasks in your organization
    • Challenge them to provide quality care with a focus on returning employees back to work.

Author: Stephen P. Friend, CPCU, AIC, Vice President

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