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 February 21, 2017

New WCRI Study Evaluates Impact Of House Bill 373 On Medical Expenses In Delaware Workers' Compensation System

Cambridge, MA, February 21, 2017 A new study released today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) evaluates the early impact of Delaware House Bill (HB) 373, which had a goal to reduce medical expenses in the state’s workers’ compensation system by 33 percent over three years.

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February 15, 2017

Back-To-Back Sessions On Opioids At WCRI Conference

Cambridge, MA, February 15, 2017 The latest opioid prescribing trends, first-hand accounts of how states are combating the opioid epidemic, and alternatives to opioids will be discussed during two exciting sessions at the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 2-3, 2017, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.

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January 10, 2017

Former U.S. Senator Coburn And Former U.S. Representative Waxman Set To Discuss Impact Of The 2016 Election At WCRI Conference

Cambridge, MA, January 10, 2017 Former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn and former U.S. Representative Henry Wasman will discuss the impact of the 2016 election on healthcare, labor, and workers' compensation at the Workers Compensation Research Institute's  (WCRI) 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 2-3, 2017, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.

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December 8, 2016

WCRI Announces Theme For 2017 Annual Issues & Research Conference

Cambridge, MA, December 8, 2016 After enjoying record-breaking attendance at its last conference, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) officially opened registration today for its 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 2-3, 2017, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.

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December 8, 2016

California Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim Decreased After The Implementation Of SB 863

Cambridge, MA, December 8, 2016 California Senate Bill (SB) 863, signed into law in 2012, may have contributed to decreases in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in 2013 and 2014, according to CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for California, 17th Edition, a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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December 6, 2016

Virginia's Average Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim Grew Among The Fastest Of The 18 States WCRI Studied

Cambridge, MA, December 6, 2016 Virginia’s medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days of lost time increased 26 percent for claims that occurred between 2009 and 2014, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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November 30, 2016

WCRI Releases Free 31-State Tool To Help Policymakers Better Understand Growth Of Medical Prices In Workers' Compensation

Cambridge, MA, November 30, 2016 In recent policy debates, increasing costs of medical care for treating injured workers have been a focus of public policymakers and system stakeholders in many states. To help them understand this growth, today the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released its Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation, Eighth Edition (MPI-WC).

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November 18, 2016

WEBINAR: Impact Of State Reforms On Physician Dispensing And Emerging Trends Of New Drug Strengths

Cambridge, MA, November 18, 2016 Research on the impact of state reforms on physician dispensing will be the focus of a one-hour webinar on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 12 noon MT, and 11 a.m. PT). Hosting the webinar will be Ms. Dongchun Wang and Dr. Vennela Thumula of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) who will discuss the research and take questions.

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November 15, 2016

Illinois Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim Rose Moderately From 2012 To 2014

Cambridge, MA, November 15, 2016 Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois increased annually an average of 3.1 percent between 2012 and 2014, driven primarily by higher payments to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), according to a new Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study.

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November 10, 2016

New WCRI Study Helps Policymakers With Key Questions Involved In Designing A Medical Fee Schedule

Cambridge, MA, November 10, 2016 As policymakers from across the country search for ways to contain rising medical costs, a tool that is often considered in workers’ compensation is a medical fee schedule.

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November 8, 2016

Kentucky Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim Lower Than Typical In 18-State Study From WCRI

Cambridge, MA, November 8, 2016 Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Kentucky were lower than the median of 18 states, according to a recent study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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November 1, 2016

Indiana Medical Payment Trend Per Workers' Compensation Claim Flattens After Years of Increases

Cambridge, MA, November 1, 2016 Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana changed little from 2013 to 2014, a sharp contrast to the increases of the prior nine years, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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October 25, 2016

North Carolina Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim Stable, Finds New WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, October 25, 2016 Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina changed little after 2009, according to an 18-state study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), following growth averaging 6 and 7 percent per year from 2004 to 2009 at all claim maturities.

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October 13, 2016

Medical Costs And The impact Of Reforms In 18 State Workers' Compensation Systems Examined In New Reports

Cambridge, MA, October 13, 2016 The factors behind trends of medical payments per claim in state workers’ compensation systems and the impact of legislative and regulatory changes on those costs are examined in a new set of studies released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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September 16, 2016

Free Webinar On Latest WCRI Opioid Studies

Cambridge, MA, September 16, 2016 The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 12 noon MT, and 11 a.m. PT) to discuss its latest opioid studies.

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 August 30, 2016

New Study Shows Large Variations In Payments For Hospital Outpatient Care To Injured Workers Across States And In Comparison With Medicare Reimbursements

Cambridge, MA, August 30, 2016 Rising hospital costs in the treatment of injured workers receives attention from public policymakers and system stakeholders in many states. To assist in better understanding these costs, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new study, Hospital Outpatient Payment Index: Interstate Variations and Policy Analysis, 5th Edition, that compares hospital outpatient payments across states and monitors the impact of fee schedule reforms.

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 August 17, 2016

Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Task Force Invites WCRI To Share Research Findings At First Meeting

Cambridge, MA, August 17, 2016 This Friday, the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) CEO and president, Dr. John Ruser, will be sharing findings from WCRI’s latest research on Kentucky with members of the newly formed Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Task Force. Dr. Ruser’s presentation comes at the invitation of co-chairs, Senator Alice Forgy Kerr and Representative Chris Harris.

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 June 30, 2016

WCRI Webinar: New Benchmarks For Comparing Outcomes Of Injured Workers In 15 States

Cambridge, MA, June 30, 2016 Join Dr. Bogdan Savych, an author and economist at the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 2pm ET (1pm CT; 12pm MT; 11am PT) as he discusses findings from WCRI’s recently published worker outcomes studies.

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 June 21, 2016

Longer-Term Opioid Use Among Injured Workers Decreased In Several States, Says New WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, June 21, 2016 Longer-term use of opioids among injured workers decreased in a number of states, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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 June 9, 2016

Large Decreases In Opioids Received By Injured Workers Seen In Several States,  Finds New WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, June 9, 2016 A new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) observed noticeable decreases in the amount of opioids prescribed per workers’ compensation claim in a majority of study states, coinciding with reforms directed at opioid use.

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 May 25, 2016

New WCRI Studies Compare Outcomes Of Injured Workers Across 15 States

Cambridge, MA, May 25, 2016 New studies published today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) compare outcomes of injured workers across 15 states. The outcomes examined in these studies include recovery of physical health and functioning, return to work, earnings recovery, access to medical care, and satisfaction with medical care.

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 May 19, 2016

WCRI Study Examines Impact Of Reforms To The California Workers' Compensation System

Cambridge, MA, May 19, 2016 Elements of California’s 2013 workers’ compensation reform law may have contributed to the state’s 2013 and 2014 decreases in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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 May 18, 2016

WCRI Webinar: Comparing Kentucky's Workers' Compensation System To Other States

Cambridge, MA, May 18, 2016 For the first time ever, policymakers and system stakeholders in Kentucky now have information from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) on how their workers’ compensation benefit delivery system compares with 17 other states across a broad array of metrics, including performance.
 

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 May 12, 2016

Average Cost Of Indiana Workers' Compensation Claims Changed Little, Says New WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, May 12, 2016 The average cost per workers’ compensation claim changed little in Indiana from 2013 to 2014, according to a new Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study that could serve as a baseline to monitor changes to the program that went into effect in 2014.

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 May 10, 2016

WCRI Publishes Three New Studies On Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Cambridge, MA, May 10, 2016 Rising costs of workers' compensation surgeries and the substantial expansion of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have attracted the attention of workers' compensation policymakers and system stakeholders in many states. To help them better understand ASC payments for common surgeries, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released three new studies.

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 May 5, 2016

Resource For Comparing Workers' Compensation Laws Across U.S. And Canada Now Available

Cambridge, MA, May 5, 2016 An essential tool for researching and understanding the distinctions among workers’ compensation laws in all U.S. states and certain Canadian provinces is now available from the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) and the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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 April 28, 2016

Kentucky Workers' Compensation System Included In WCRI CompScope™ Analysis

Cambridge, MA, April 28, 2016 A first-time look at workers’ compensation claims in Kentucky found that total costs per claim were typical among 18 states studied, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced, and that costs per claim were stable between 2009 and 2014.

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 April 21, 2016

WCRI CompScope™ Reports Examine Cost Drivers And Impact of Reform In Various State Workers' Compensation Systems

Cambridge, MA, April 21, 2016 The factors behind changing costs in state workers’ compensation systems, including the impact of legislative and regulatory reform on those costs, are examined in a new 18-state study released today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). These comprehensive reference reports measure the performance of different state workers’ compensation systems, how they compare with each other, and how they have changed over time.

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 April 14, 2016

Do Higher Fee Schedules Increase The Number Of Workers' Compensation Cases?

Cambridge, MA, April 14, 2016 A new study—Do Higher Fee Schedules Increase the Number of Workers' Compensation Cases?—from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) explores to what extent higher workers' compensation reimbursement rates influence the medical provider classification of an injury as work-related or not.

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 April 7, 2016

Physician Dispensing Of Higher-Priced New Drug Strengths And Formulation: A Growing Trend

Cambridge, MA, April 7, 2016 A new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found evidence of frequent physician dispensing of new drug strengths and a new formulation at much higher prices. This phenomenon was observed in several states with recent reforms aimed at reducing prices paid for physician-dispensed prescriptions. Frequent dispensing of higher-priced new drug products led to substantial increases in average prices paid for some common physician-dispensed drugs. 

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A new 23-state study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) shows that prices paid to ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) in some states are triple that in other states – due to state price regulation or the absence thereof.  

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