Access to health care had been limited by the pandemic because resources were conserved for the increase in COVID-19 patients, but the pandemic had no effect on the treatment time for injured workers, according to a study released on Wednesday by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.
Measuring the time from injury to initial treatment, Boca Raton, Florida-based credit rating agency found that “delays in pandemic care were limited both during the time they occurred and during their duration.
NCCI states that the total impact on claims costs directly associated with deferred healthcare is still uncertain. Although still preliminary, NCCI says it found no "convincing evidence that access to quality care was adversely affected." 201
With business interruptions, think medical claims that are not covid — and especially compensations — in particular. Non-emergency operations that were suspended in April and May 2020 created a backlog that eventually decreased throughout the summer. The NCCI says that this may have resulted in a greater use of non-invasive treatments which it says, with comparable results, is often preferable to invasive procedures.