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Data Suggests Reforms Slashed Benefit Payments and Claim Duration

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 318 | 0 | 0 min read

A report posted online by the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Advisory Council this week suggests that workers’ compensation reforms implemented in 2014 cut the duration of claims by more than half and cut permanent partial disability benefits by almost two-thirds. The researcher who crafted the report and regulators familiar with it cautioned, however, that the post-reforms data is limited to two and a half years and that the metrics might not be as good as they appear. For 2016, the median number of weeks from the date of injury to conclusion for post-reform cases was 5...

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