The pandemic had no appreciable effect on medical treatment for injured workers who filed non-COVID-19 claims, according to a report released Thursday by the Workers' Compensation Research Institute.
In a study comparing the availability of medical treatment for injured workers in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019, WCRI researchers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, found that the average number of days from injury to treatment changed less than 1.5% for almost all types of treatment, including evaluation and management, the emergency department, physical medicine, pain relief injections, major surgeries and both minor and major radiology. The only availability of neurological tests exceeded this threshold, with days from injury to treatment increasing only 4% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter in 201
Even in states affected by pandemics early – such as Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey – Injured workers with non-COVID-19 claims no longer experienced waiting times for treatment during the first half of 2020.
WCRI noted that for emergency rooms, physical medicine, major surgery and neurological and neuromuscular treatment and testing during the first two the quarters of 2020 saw improvements in the waiting time for damages compared with the same quarter of 2019.