Obesity Classification Could Spike Worker’s Comp Costs
According to a new study by the American Medical Association, the classification of obesity as a disease could greatly affect worker’s compensation, increasing claim costs.
Worker’s compensation for claiming obesity has been viewed as a co-morbid issue that is largely unreported and often does not require medical attention before treatment, as much work-related injuries and illnesses do. According to CWCI report, titled Obesity as a MEdical Disease: Potential Implications for Workers’ Compensation”, medical providers typically document only the medical issues they intend to treat and seek reimbursement for, but this may change now that obesity has been classified as a disease.
The results, according to the researchers, will be more claims that include obesity and co-comorbidity, and where obesity is described as a compensable consequence of injury. Medical providers may start feelings responsible to counsel obese patients about the weight, especially if they could get reimbursed for doing so, and when obesity could pose a risk to the employee at their career.
In addition, the CWCI’s research shows that worker’s comp cases that include obesity experience more time lost from work and a greater chance of permanent disability with an attorney involved, along with several other factors that result in greater expenses.
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