Trends in the Utilization of Inpatient Care in California Workers Compensation (Research Update Report, Published January 2023)

A Research Update report that continues CWCI’s series of studies examining inpatient utilization trends using data compiled by the California Department of Health Care Access and Information.  The analysis compares the volume and types of inpatient hospitalizations covered by workers’ compensation to those covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, and private coverage.  In addition, focusing solely on the workers’ compensation data, the report provides information related to the primary diagnoses underlying major joint replacement surgery discharges, and the mitigating influence that outpatient surgery has had on the volume of inpatient discharges.