Numerous commentators have singled out Oregon’s system as a national model of labor-management cooperation, leading to innovative programs that produce desirable outcomes for workers and affordable costs for employers.

The December 2012 Report on the Oregon Workers’ Compensation System was the 12th in a series that describes Oregon’s workers’ compensation system and shows the effects of legislative changes since 1987. The 12th edition added statutory changes made by the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions and updated summaries of court decisions and available data.

Updates to most of the data tables are now available, representing the latest available data. Most tables provide data through calendar year 2012, and are arranged by chapter as in the original report. Links to the corresponding chapter of the original report are provided for each chapter of updates. The chapter narrative and charts have not been updated to reflect the new data; that process will continue to be done on a biennial basis. The next complete report is expected to be ready in late 2012.

Safety and Health

Updated Safety and Health chapter statistical tables include:

Accepted disabling claims, employment, and claims rates, 1987-2012
Compensable fatalities, 1987-2012
Occupational injuries and illnesses incidence rates, Oregon private sector, 1988-2011
Oregon OSHA inspections, federal fiscal years 1988-2012
Oregon OSHA citations, violations, and proposed penalties, federal fiscal years 1988-2012
Oregon OSHA consultations, 1988-2012
Safety and health training programs, 1998-2012

August 2013 Safety and Health statistical table updates

Safety and Health chapter of the December 2012 System Report

Compensability and Claims Processing

Updated Compensability chapter statistical tables include:

Total reported claims, FY 1989-2012
Disabling occupational disease claims, FY 1989-2012
Disabling aggravation claims, 1991-2012
Insurer claim acceptance and denial, median time lag days, 1988-2012
Insurer timeliness of acceptance or denial and of first payments, 1990-2012
Civil penalties issued, 1990-2012
Calls to the workers’ compensation information line, 1990-2012

August 2013 Compensability statistical table updates

Compensability chapter of the December 2012 System Report

Advocates and Advisory Groups

Updated Advocates and Advisory chapter statistical tables include:

Ombudsman for Injured Workers inquiries, 1999-2012
Small Business Ombudsman inquiries, 1991-2012

August 2013 Advocates and Advisory Groups statistical table updates

Advocates and Advisory Groups chapter of the December 2012 System Report

Medical Care and Benefits

Updated Medical Care and Benefits chapter statistical tables include:

Medical payments by provider type, 2012
Top 15 workers' compensation medical services, 2012
Medical payments by fee schedule category, 2012
Top 15 pharmacy payments by drug name, 2012
MCO contracts with insurers and self-insured employers, FY 1995-2012
Employees with accepted disabling claims enrolled in MCOs, 1998-2012

August 2013 Medical Care and Benefits statistical table updates

Medical Care and Benefits chapter of the December 2012 System Report

Indemnity Benefits

Updated Indemnity Benefits chapter statistical tables include:

Indemnity and medical benefits paid, CY 1995-2012
Indemnity paid for accepted disabling claims, CY 1995-2012
Workers' Benefit Fund payments by benefit type, CY 1995-2012
Claim resolutions, 1995-2012
Indemnity benefits paid for accepted disabling claims by benefit type, CY 1995-2012
Average temporary disability days paid by type of claim resolution, CY 1995-2012
Temporary disability for resolved accepted disabling claims, CY 1995-2012
Permanent partial disability, CY 1995-2012
Permanent total disability awards, 1987-2012
Maximum PPD benefits, since July 1986

August 2013 Indemnity Benefits statistical table updates

Indemnity Benefits chapter of the December 2012 System Report

Return-to-Work Assistance

Updated Return-to-Work Assistance chapter statistical tables include:

Employer-at-Injury Program placements approved, CY 1995-2012
Preferred workers, CY 1995-2012
Preferred Worker Program contracts started, CY 1995-2012
Vocational assistance determinations, CY 1995-2012
Vocational assistance eligibility closures, plans, and outcomes, CY 1995-2012
Employment and wage recovery advantage for return-to-work program users, FY 1997-2012

August 2013 Return-to-Work Assistance statistical table updates

Return-to-Work Assistance chapter of the December 2012 System Report


Updated Disputes chapter statistical tables include:

Appellate review requests and orders, 1991-2012
Medical dispute requests and orders, 1990-2012
Medical dispute issues, by year of request, 2006-2012
Vocational dispute requests and resolutions, 1991-2012
Vocational dispute resolutions, by outcome, 2006-2012
Hearing requests, orders, time lags, and appeal rates, 1987-2012
Percentage of hearing orders involving selected issues, 1987-2012
Workers' Compensation Board mediations, 1996-2012
Issues in WCB mediations, 1996-2012
Board review requests, orders, time lags, and appeal rates, 1987-2012
Board own-motion orders, 1987-2012
Court of Appeals requests, decisions, and time lags, 1987-2012
Median time lag (days) from injury to order, 1987-2012
Disputed claim settlements at hearing and board review, 1987-2012
Claim disposition agreements, 1990-2012
Claimant attorney fees and defense legal costs, 1987-2012
Claimant attorney fees, 1987-2012
Claimant attorney fees from lump-sum settlements, 1989-2012
Maximum out-of-compensation attorney fees

August 2013 Disputes statistical table updates

Disputes chapter of the December 2012 System Report

Insurance and Self-Insurance

Updated Insurance and Self-Insurance chapter statistical tables include:

Workers' compensation premiums and rate changes, 1987-2012
Workers' compensation average premium rate ranking, 1986-2012
Earned large-deductible premium credits, 1996-2012
Workers' compensation market share, by insurer type, 1995-2012
SAIF Corporation financial characteristics, 1995-2012
Private insurers' financial characteristics, 1995-2012
WC insurance plan (Assigned Risk Pool) characteristics, 1987-2012

August 2013 Insurance and Self-Insurance statistical table updates

Insurance and Self-Insurance chapter of the December 2012 System Report

Full Report

August 2013, all updated tables

2012 Report on the Oregon Workers' Compensation System, full report

If you have questions about the information contained in this document please contact by e-mail or phone: Mike Manley, research analyst, Information Technology and Research Section, Central Services Division, 503-947-7328.

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