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Friday, 11 December 2020 00:32

Florida Among States with Most COVID-19 Workers' Comp Medical Claims

Written by John Haughey, The Center Square
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Florida was in the top five nationally in the rate of COVID-19-related workers’ compensation insurance medical claims filed in the first six months of 2020, a report released by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) said.

Florida recorded more than 300 COVID-19-related workers’ compensation medical claims for every 100,000 active claims between January and June, the NCCI reported, a 50% increase from 2019 averages.

 

Only Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey topped 300 COVID-19-related workers’ compensation medical claims for every 100,000 active claims, according to the report, which doesn’t explain why these states have more such claims than others or what the exact per-100,000-claims ratio is, reporting only aggregates.

 

A workers' compensation claim is considered a “medical claim” if an injured or ill worker received at least one “medical encounter” while the claim is active. The NCCI compiled its medical claims data from its "medical data call."

 

The increase in medical claims is offset by a 15% decline in overall active workers’ compensation claims in the first quarter of 2020 and an 18% decrease in active workers’ compensation claims in the second quarter of 2020, according to NCCI.

 

“There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have a measurable impact on medical treatment of injured workers in the workers compensation (WC) system,” report authors David Colón and Raji Chadarevian wrote. “The question is ... to what extent? The simple answer is a single metric, and that is time. It may be years before we grasp the full effect of this pandemic on WC.”

 

According to the report, about 1,200 COVID-19 medical claims were filed in Florida during the first six months of 2020, with 70% filed by women.

 

“One potential contributing factor to this disparity is that women represent a significantly greater portion of health care employment,” the report said. “According to the U.S. Census, by far, the largest health care occupation is registered nurses, with over 2.4 million workers, followed by 1.2 million nursing, psychiatric and home health aides. Women make up more than 85% of workers in both large occupation groups.”

 

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