One of the most commonly asked questions within the IAIABC community is how jurisdictions handle certain issues (e.g., allow group self-insurance, have treatment guidelines, direct provider choice, etc.). To answer these and other questions about workers’ compensation systems the IAIABC regularly conducts surveys, publishes comparative tables, and facilitates online discussion in the IAIABC communities.
Most comparative tables offered by the IAIABC and other organizations generally provide reports/tables as PDF documents that are published at various intervals throughout the year, but these publications have some drawbacks including the ability to manipulate data; difficulty in reading; and timeliness of data.
In order to better meet the needs of the membership, the IAIABC discussed how to make this information available in a more dynamic and user-friendly way, electing to populate jurisdictional characteristics in a database and publish it online. The benefits of this approach include:
- Customized searching by jurisdiction(s) or field(s);
- Enhanced narrative capability to describe subtlety or nuance that is difficult to capture in current jurisdictional tables;
- Downloadable tables;
- Real-time updates based on legislative, regulatory, or administrative changes.
The IAIABC worked with the International Workers' Compensation Foundation (IWCF) on development of the interactive database that enhances inter-jurisdictional searches and comparisons on key policy and regulatory issues: WorkCompare. A recording of a demo of WorkCompare can be found here. Please watch the demo to learn more about this tool, future plans, and how you can review your jurisdiction's information and provide feedback.
The IAIABC continues to add tables to the WorkCompare database. Currently, comparative tables include:
- Treatment Guidelines
- Employment Status
- Impairment Guides
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits
The Impairment Guides table was created at the suggestion of an IAIABC member. Have your own idea? Suggest yours through the WorkCompare Feedback Form.
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