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Workers’ compensation reforms passed in Texas during the early and mid-part of the last decade have led to a trend of decreases and stabilization in the medical costs per claim, according to the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute.

Cambridge, Mass.-based WCRI said in its “CompScope Benchmarks” report for Texas that, “In 2001, prior to the reforms, medical costs per claim in Texas were highest among the study states.” Later in the decade, the report said, medical costs per claim in Texas were lower than the typical state for claims with more than seven days of lost time, which WCRI called “a dramatic shift.”

After several years of decreases due to the legislative reforms, medical costs per workers’ compensation claim in Texas were stable in 2007, WCRI said.

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