According to the WCIRB's recent report, medical payments declined in 2020 by 9.4%. Not surprisingly, this is attributed to the decrease of claims during the COVID pandemic. While average medical payments per claim increased this year (after multiple years of declining), it will be interesting to follow the impact of post-pandemic returning-to-work and SB 863 reforms.
Encouraging is the continued decrease in opioid prescriptions.
Medical payments fell to $1.8 billion in calendar year 2020, down 9.4% compared to the approximately $2 billion in medical payments for 2019, according to a report from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California.