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Report Says Health Care Networks Are Reducing Medical Costs

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 458 | 0 | 0 min read

Health care networks created by Texas lawmakers in 2005 reform legislation are lowering costs and improving outcomes in the state, according to the Division of Workers' Compensation's latest analysis. The average medical costs for workers in networks fell by 16.2% over seven years, from $2,917 in fiscal 2010 to $2,445 in fiscal 2017, according to the report, titled 2017 Workers’ Compensation Network Report Card Results. At the same time, the average medical costs for non-networks have increased 11.4%, from $2,217 in 2010 to $2,469 in 2017. Average medical costs ...

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