Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) June 24, 2014
A new 23-state study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) shows that prices paid to ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) in some states were triple that in other states – due to state price regulation or the absence thereof.
“This study will help policymakers and system stakeholders better understand the ASC payments for common surgeries in their state, how they compare with others, and the role of different types of fee schedules,” said Dr. Bogdan Savych, author of the report and a public policy analyst with WCRI.
The study, Payments to Ambulatory Surgery Centers, examines payments for commonly used outpatient surgeries performed at ASCs in 23 large states that represent over two-thirds of the workers’ compensation benefits paid in the United States and covers surgeries in calendar year 2011.
The following are among the study’s findings:
This study looked at actual payments for medical facility services that are associated with common surgical episodes for treating shoulder and knee injury conditions for workers with workers’ compensation claims. Surgeries examined in this analysis represent 44 percent of the ASC surgeries performed for workers with knee conditions and 52 percent of ASC surgeries performed for workers with shoulder conditions.
The study includes 23 large states covering over two-thirds of the workers’ compensation benefits paid in the United States. These states are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Click on the following link to purchase this study: http://www.wcrinet.org/studies/public/books/asc_payments_book.html.
The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. Organized in late 1983, the Institute does not take positions on the issues it researches; rather, it provides information obtained through studies and data collection efforts, which conform to recognized scientific methods. Objectivity is further ensured through rigorous, unbiased peer review procedures. WCRI's diverse membership includes employers; insurers; governmental entities; managed care companies; health care providers; insurance regulators; state labor organizations; and state administrative agencies in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.