Linking workers' compensation and group health insurance data to examine the impact of occupational injury on workers' and their family members' health care use and costs: two case studies.
Asfaw-A; Pana-Cryan-R; Bushnell-T; Rosa-R; Mao-R
Use of workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health: proceedings from June 2012 workshop. Utterback DF, Schnorr TM, eds. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-147, 2013 May; :41-46
Linking workers' compensation (WC) and group health insurance (GHI) data provides information that allows researchers to follow the pre- and post-work injury health status of both workers and their family members. Although the use of such administrative data for research has some drawbacks, the use of medical and workers' compensation claims data also avoids the limitations that can be associated with surveys, including issues of recall and self-report. The objective of the two case studies described here was to examine the impact of occupational injury on injured workers' and their family members' GHI health care use and costs. In the first case study, we examined the incidence and costs of hospitalization among family members before and after occupational injury. In the second study, we examined GHI utilization and costs following acceptance or denial of WC medical claims.
Workers; Work-environment; Injuries; Accidents; Risk-factors; Hazards; Health-protection; Surveillance-programs; Preventive-medicine; Retail-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Humans; Men; Women
Use of workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health: proceedings from June 2012 workshop