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Health Care Workers Drove Increase in Psych Claims During Pandemic, Data Shows

By Mark Powell (Reporter)

Friday, May 7, 2021 | 0

Mental health claims increased 2.4% last year, and the rise was driven almost exclusively by an unusually sharp uptick in health care workers filing claims for anxiety and depression-related conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released by claims management company Sedgwick. Health care workers in 2020 filed nearly 43% more mental health claims than in 2019, by far the biggest increase in any industry that researchers analyzed, said Andy Berg, associate vice president of workforce absence at Sedgwick. “That’s an unprecedented increase and obviously a major c...

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