WCRI Conferences & Seminars

32nd WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference

March 10-11, 2016

The Westin Copley Place ~ Boston, MA

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Conference Theme: Understanding Today to Prepare for Tomorrow

Providing a deeper understanding of emerging issues facing the nation's workers compensation systems is the focus of the Workers Compensation Research Institute's (WCRI) 32nd Annual Issues & Research Conference, scheduled for March 10-11, 2016, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.

The workers' compensation system has served workers and employers well for over 100 years, in part, because it has adapted to changes in the economy, delivery of medical services, and other factors. Some of the emerging issues that may require the system to adapt include the growth of the sharing economy, medical marijuana, and new strengths and formulations of drugs that are being dispensed at much higher prices than traditional strengths.

Only through research and monitoring can we develop an understanding of how these issues impact workers' compensation and what solutions might be available to address any challenges they raise.  That is why the theme of WCRI's 2016 conference is "Understanding Today to Prepare for Tomorrow."

The two-day program highlights presentations of WCRI's latest research findings while drawing upon the diverse perspectives of highly respected workers' compensation experts and policy makers from across the country. In addition to some of the topics mentioned above, topics to be discussed are the following:

  • Understanding How Workers Are Faring in Today's System

  • Managing Medial Prices While Ensuring Access to Quality Health Care

  • Monitoring Claim Shifts to the Workers' Compensation System

  • Timely and Sustainable Return to Work

  •  Tracking Medical Price Inflation

  • Trends and Comparisons between State Workers' Compensation Systems

"Whether you are managing workers' compensation claims, concerned about adequate care and return to work for injured workers, focused on medial costs and utilization, or just looking for a better understanding of workers' compensation—this conference provides unique and valuable information," said John Ruser, WCRI's executive director.

The WCRI conference, now in its 32nd year, is a leading workers' compensation forum for policy makers, employers, labor advocates, insurance executives, health care organization, claims managers, researchers, and others. Conference participants will leave with new insights, valuable networking contacts, and a better understanding of key issues in today's competitive environment.

To register for the conference, CLICK HERE

For more information, contact Stephanie Deeley at sdeeley@wcrinet.org or call 617-661-9274 ext. 261. 



         WCRI Research Webinars


WCRI offers webinars on important workers' compensation topics, presenting WCRI research findings that are both interesting and actionable. These webinars, which allow attendees to participate from the comfort of their desk, are collaborative, interactive and easy to use.  Most webinars are recorded for those who are unable to attend the live meeting and will be available for purchase after the event. 


Information on Upcoming Webinars and Registration Information



Date and Time



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Thursday, December 10,  2015

2pm – 2:30pm (Eastern Time)

1noon – 1:302pm (Central Time)
12noon– 12:30pm (Mountain Time)
11am – 11:30am (Pacific Time)


WCRI Webinar

All you need is an Internet connection and a phone to call into a conference call.

WCRI Members = $39

Non-members = $79

Press, legislators as well as their staff, and state public officials who make policy decisions impacting their state's workers' compensation system = $0

Click here to register for the webinar.


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