Health care utilization and costs for injury in a corporate setting

Shan P. Tsai, Edward J. Bernacki, Catherine M. Dowd

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Abstract

This article presents the incidence and costs for nonwork-related injuries among 15,408 employees and their families based on health insurance claims data analysis. The treatment of injuries accounted for 11.3% of the plan's total health care costs ($31 million) for the 1986 policy year. For adults, women had a higher incidence rate than men; but for children, males had a higher incidence rate than females. A disproportionately high share of claims and charges for adults were attributed to low back disorders. Hospital admissions, length of stay and hospital days per 1,000 persons were similar for males and females, but much higher for adults than for children. This article provides an example of the utility of health insurance claims data as a source of morbidity information for disease surveillance and epidemiologic research. The analysis of claims data can be seen as a prerequisite to the development of preventive programs aimed at reducing injury rates and health care costs for injuries in a corporate setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-102
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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