Control of workers' compensation claims and costs in the U.S. Army

Mark Alan Lovell*, Joel C. Gaydos

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The Army Medical Department has been implementing initiatives to reduce workers' compensation claims and costs since 1983. After years of an upward trend, reductions in both costs and claims were reported for 1995 and 1996. To assess efforts at managing workers' medical care and compensation in the Army, we reviewed Department of Defense and Department of the Army documents and studied data on claims and costs. We found several programs that were launched to control claims and associated costs. None of these programs adequately addressed the absence of real-time financial incentives for reducing compensation costs, a lack of acceptable workers' compensation data collection and data management systems, and a lack of emphasis on medical case management. To sustain this trend of decreased costs and claims, the Army must focus on (1) incentives, (2) data management systems, and (3) a comprehensive plan for medically managing workers' compensation claims and costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-455
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes


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