The report said wellness programs could reduce costs for risks such as physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. If the risk factors were lowered to “theoretical minimums,” health care expenses could be lowered by an average of $650, or 18.4 percent, for all working adults, the study said.
S.B. 863 was signed into law Sept. 18 and takes effect Jan. 1. It is expected to boost permanent disability benefits for injured workers while implementing several measures to help reduce comp costs for insurers and employers.
In a report released September 5, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based WCRI studied Texas medical treatment guidelines that were implemented by the state in 2007. The study looked at how the guidelines affected workers with injuries of the upper back, lower back, neck, knee and shoulders.