The Texas Department of Insurance just released their annual report on the state of the Worker’s Compensation heathcare network in Texas.
The 2012 Workers’ Compensation Network Report Card compares health care outcomes across a spectrum of statistics from the twelve network providers with non-network entities. The report is based on telephone surveys of 3,276 injured employees with new lost-time claims, which represents approximately 26 percent of the total lost-time claim population.
And it seems from the results that the system is working efficiently.
Here are some outcomes:
- Overall, 504-Alliance, 504-Others, Travelers, and Zurich injured employees had lower average medical costs than non-network injured employees for the first six months after the injury.
- Regarding lost-time claims, 504-Alliance, 504-Others, Corvel, and Texas Star injured
- employees had lower average medical costs than Non-network injured employees.
- 504-Alliance, 504-Others, and Zurich had lower average professional costs than Non-network.
- Overall, networks tended to have higher utilization of professional and pharmacy services than Non-network.
- Networks tended to have lower utilization of hospital services than Non-network Access to Care and Satisfaction with Care
- Injured employees from seven network entities reported higher levels of agreement with their treating doctors than non-network injured employees (up from zero networks in 2011).
- All twelve network entities reported higher return-to-work rates than Non-network.
- All twelve network entities had lower average numbers of weeks off from work than Non-network.
Information on the Workers Compensation network itself is also on the TDI website.