December 21, 2011
REPORT CARDS RELEASED BY WORK LOSS DATA INSTITUTE
CA – Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) announces the release of its 2012
State Report Cards for Workers’ Comp, now with 10 years of data,
which is used to track trends and give states a grade and tier ranking
based on their performance from 2000-2009. Forty-three states are covered,
plus Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
State Report Cards are based on data from OSHA Forms 300 and 200, which
cover all OSHA recordable injuries and illnesses and provide the basis for
rating state-by-state workers’ compensation performance. The report
cards help employers, insurers, TPA’s, state governments and consultants
answer the questions, “Who is doing well and why?”
addition to safety and severity, the State Report Cards emphasize the
primary outcome measure - do workers get better and go back to work.
Answering that question, should, over time, be congruent with the fastest
growing expense, which is medical costs, but the State Report Cards do not
track actual medical costs. Five different outcome measures are compared
among the states for each year: (1) Incidence Rates, (2) Cases Missing
Work, (3) Median Disability Durations, (4) Delayed Recovery Rate; and (5)
Key Condition: Low Back Strain. An essential requirement for
production of this report was the proprietary crosswalk program that has
been developed by Work Loss Data Institute, which converts OSHA-reported
data into an ICD9 code format. More details on the methodology used
are located at http://www.worklossdata.com/SRCMethods2012.htm.
last report was published in March of 2010, with data from 2000-2007. In
the past, in an effort to seek more differentiation, secondary measures
were used to break ties. Now, with 10 years of data, there is sufficient
data over a long enough time frame to differentiate states adequately even
while respecting ties on individual measures during any given year.
Beginning with 2008 data, full weight is attributed to primary measures,
even in the case of ties, which leads to an even more accurate assessment
of each state’s performance.
Of considerable interest
are trends. Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan and Missouri all showed impressive
advancement, while Texas wins for “Most Improved,” with a dramatic
move from four years of failing grades from 2000-2003, to a steady incline
that peaked in 2008 and 2009 with grades of B-. If the state continues on
this trend, Texas, which underwent a major workers’ compensation
overhaul in 2007, could end up a leader in workers’ comp performance.
performed the best of all the states for 2009 and Arkansas and Minnesota
came in a close second and third. All three states received a grade of A+
based on an average of their 2009 scores in the five categories above.
West Virginia, New York, Hawaii, Wyoming and Kentucky received failing
grades. This is New York’s tenth consecutive year with an F grade. A
summary of each grade for all states is shown on a U.S. Map Showing Grades
by State, located at http://www.worklossdata.com/SRC2012grades.htm.
terms of the tier ranking system, the Tier I states are Arizona,
Minnesota, and Utah, which were also Tier I in the 2010 report, plus
Virginia for 2012. Tier I means that the state had an average grade of
“B+” or better, and a trend going up or level. Those four states are
doing great and continuing to improve. Only two states fall into the
opposite category – Tier VI – which means they had an average grade of
“D-“ or worse, and a trend going down or level. Those states are
Kentucky and New York. In the last report there were five states in the
Tier VI category, so the change shows a national trend toward improving
grades. A summary of Tier Rankings for all states is shown on a U.S. Map
Showing Grades by State, located at http://www.worklossdata.com/SRC2012tiers.htm.
2012 State Report Cards for Workers’ Comp provides complete
detail on all cases for the 46 participating
states and territories, based on all cases reported to OSHA for the
years 2000-2009 as a 76-page report with narrative, plus over 50
spreadsheet files with complete detailed backup data that is referenced in
the narrative. It is available in both electronic and hardcopy
formats for $250 each. Note: The electronic format is
recommended to facilitate links to the electronic spreadsheet files and
the supporting data. Order at http://www.worklossdata.com/SRC_Orderform.htm.
Work Loss Data
Institute is an independent database development company focused on
workplace health and productivity based in Encinitas, California. The
Official Disability Guidelines product line provides evidence-based
medical treatment and disability duration guidelines to improve as well as
benchmark outcomes in workers’ comp and non-occupational disability. ODG
is available in Web-based, textbook and Systems Integration formats, used
in all 50 states and worldwide. For
more information, visit www.worklossdata.com
or contact Work Loss Data Institute at 800-488-5548. For specific
questions about the State Report Cards, contact Daphne Denniston, Managing
Editor at email@example.com.