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ACA’s Full Impact on Workers’ Compensation Not Yet Known Article
By: Marsh
Jul 16, 2014
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Christopher Flatt and Christine Williams are leader and managing director, respectively, for the Workers’ Compensation Center of Excellence at Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management and a sister company to Mercer. Their guest commentary highlights a few of the key insights presented in the recently published risk management research brief, “Health Care Reform and Workers’ Compensation Programs.”

 

Employers are cautiously waiting to understand the full impact of the ACA on workers’ compensation — the effects of which could put either upward or downward pressure on costs and claim trends in the near and far term. Although it’s hoped that the ACA’s efforts to transform standards of care and achieve better outcomes (and thereby lower costs) will eventually come to fruition and be enforced under workers’ compensation, changing the way providers deliver and get reimbursed for care will be a long process, and any resulting benefits won’t be realized until well into the future.

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