The city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, saved about $2 million in workers' compensation costs over the past two years by creating a light-duty policy in the Police Department and hiring someone to monitor workers' compensation claims, among other tactics, the Times-Tribune newspaper reported.
City Business Administrator David Bulzoni said that after Mayor Bill Courtright set a goal in 2015 to bring aboard a workers' compensation program manager to better control costs, the city has:
The amount the city has paid out in workers' compensation indemnity and medical benefits dropped from $2.3 million in 2015 to $1.5 million in 2016 to $228,500 so far this year, through September.
The city of Scranton is self-insured.
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