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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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 February 25, 2016

Monitoring Trends In The New York Workers' Compensation System

Cambridge, MA, February 25, 2016 Trends in the performance of the New York workers' compensation system following reforms enacted in 2007 are monitored in the eighth annual report from the Workers' Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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 February 24, 2016

WCRI Announces Panelists For Second Opt Out Panel At Annual Conference

Cambridge, MA, February 24, 2016 The ability for employers to opt out of state workers' compensation systems has been getting a lot of attention as of late.

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 February 9, 2016

Evaluating Fee Schedule Rates in Illinois As Of 2015

Cambridge, MA, February 9, 2016 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) compares the workers' compensation fee schedule rates and Medicare rates for a variety of medical services in Illinois as of 2015.

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 December 22, 2015

Webinar: Comparing Georgia's Workers' Compensation System To Other States

Cambridge, MA, December 22, 2015 Policymakers and system stakeholders in Georgia now have information from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) on how their workers' compensation system compares with 16 other states across a broad array of metrics, including performance.

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December 10, 2015

Legislation May Have Led To Decrease In Average Medical Payments Per Claim In California, Says WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, December 10, 2015 Medical payments per claim in California decreased 5 percent in 2013 for claims with more than seven days of lost time at 12 months of experience, a trend that likely reflects the early impact of the 2012 workers' compensation reform legislation, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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December 1, 2015

In Louisiana, Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim Stable

Cambridge, MA, December 1, 2015 Growth in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Louisiana slowed from 2011 to 2013, in part due to decreases in utilization of hospital and nonhospital care, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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November 23, 2015

Webinar: Will The Affordable Care Act Shift Claims To Workers' Compensation Payors?

Cambridge, MA, November 23, 2015 Hundreds of millions of dollars could shift from group health to workers' compensation as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) expand under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a recent WCRI study—Will the Affordable Care Act Shift Claims to Workers' Compensation Payors?

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November 20, 2015

WCRI Announces 2016 Conference Theme — Understanding Today To Prepare For Tomorrow

Cambridge, MA, November 19, 2015 Providing a deeper understanding of emerging issues facing the nation's workers compensations 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 Hotel in Boston, MA.

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November 19, 2015

Medical Prices For Injured Workers Were Lower And Grew Slower In States With Medical Fee Schedules, Says New WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, November 19, 2015 The prices paid for medical professional services for injured workers were lower and growing slower in states with price regulations in the form of professional fee schedules as compared with states that do not have them in place.

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November 17, 2015

New Jersey  Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim Stable After Rapid Growth In Earlier Years

Cambridge, MA, November 17, 2015 Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in New Jersey were stable from 2010 to 2013, in contrast to rapid growth in the 2008 to 2010 period, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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November 10, 2015

Indiana Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim Higher Among 17 States, WCRI Study Says

Cambridge, MA, November 10, 2015 Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana were higher and rising faster than in most states examined in a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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November 3, 2015

Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim In Virginia Were Among The Highest Of Study States

Cambridge, MA, November 3, 2015 Driven primarily by prices, medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days of lost time in Virginia were among the highest of the study states, according to a recent study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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October 27, 2015

Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim Rose 7 Percent In Texas In 2013, Faster Than The Median State WCRI Studied

Cambridge, MA, October 27, 2015 Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven  days of lost time in Texas rose 7 percent from 2012 to 2013, a faster rate than in the median of 17 states, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). 

 

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October 26, 2015

Webinar On Geographic Variation In Surgery Rates

Cambridge, MA, October 23, 2015 Join Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) executive director Dr. John Ruser, and Dr. Jon Lurie of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. ET (1p.m.CT, 12 noon MT, and 11 a.m. PT) to discuss geographic variation in surgery rates.

 

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October 20, 2015

Medical Payments Per Workers' Compensation Claim In Illinois Rose Moderately In 2013 After Falling From 2010 To 2012

Cambridge, MA, October 20, 2015 Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois rose 4.1 percent in 2013, after decreasing 20 percent between 2010 and 2012 as a result of a 30 percent reduction in fee schedule rates, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Part of the 2013 growth in medical payments per claim was related to annual updates in the fee schedule rates, which are tied to the changes in the Consumer Price Index.

 

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October 8, 2015

New Studies Examine Drivers Of Medical Costs And Impact Of Reforms In 17 State Workers' Compensation Systems

Cambridge, MA, October 8, 2015 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 29, 2015

Will The Affordable Care Act Shift Claims To Workers' Compensation Payors?

Cambridge, MA, September 29, 2015 Hundreds of millions of dollars could shift from group health to workers' compensation as Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) expand under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new study—Will the Affordable Care Act Shift Claims to Workers' Compensation Payors?—from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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July 16, 2015

WCRI Set To Participate At 70th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference

Cambridge, MA, July 16, 2015 Dr. Richard Victor, president and CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, along with David A. North, president and CEO of Sedgwick, will discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the workers’ compensation system at the 70th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference (August 23 - 16, 2015) in Orlando, Florida.

 

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June 25, 2015

New Study Examines Why The Use Of Back Surgery Differs Across States

Cambridge, MA, June 25, 2015 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that the probability of injured workers getting back surgery depends on which area of the country they seek treatment for their back pain.

 

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June 16, 2015

Indemnity Benefits Key Cost Contributor In Georgia Workers' Compensation System, WCRI Study Reports

Cambridge, MA, June 16, 2015 Indemnity benefits per claim with more than seven days of lost time in Georgia were among the highest of the 17 study states and the main contributor to the higher total costs per claim in the state, according to a recent study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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May 28, 2015

Michigan Workers' Compensation Costs Lower Than Most States, Says WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, May 28, 2015 Workers’ compensation costs per claim in Michigan were lower than that of the typical state, a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) said, with average claim size falling over a three-year period.

 

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May 21, 2015

Slow Growth In Texas Workers' Compensation Claims, Says WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, May 21, 2015 Workers’ compensation claims in Texas grew more slowly than in most of the other study states examined in a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The total average cost per claim for injured workers in Texas was among the lowest of the 17 states in the study.

 

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May 14, 2015

Costs Per Workers' Compensation Claim Changed Little In Louisiana Following Several Years Of Growth, WCRI Study Says

Cambridge, MA, May 14, 2015 A recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found costs per workers’ compensation claim in Louisiana changed little from 2011 to 2013―a flattening that followed three years of 5 percent annual growth.

 

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May 7, 2015

New WCRI Study Provides Baseline To Observe Effects From 2011 Legislation And Fee Schedule Changes In North Carolina

Cambridge, MA, May 7, 2015 North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system had the highest indemnity benefits per claim of 17 states in a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study, which can serve as a baseline to observe the effects of 2011 reforms to the state’s workers’ compensation system.   

 

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April 30, 2015

Average Medical Payment per Claim In California Decreased Following 2013 Regulatory Changes, Says WCRI

Cambridge, MA, April 30, 2015 The average medical payment per claim for treating injured workers decreased by 5 percent in California in 2013, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), which could reflect some early impact of the state’s reform legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 863.  

 

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April 23, 2015

New Study Identifies Cost Drivers In 17 Workers' Compensation Systems And Monitors The Impact Of Reforms

Cambridge, MA, April 23, 2015 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 17-state study released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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April 22, 2015

Webinar On Regulating Medical Costs And Care: Unintended Consequences

Cambridge, MA, April 22, 2015 Join Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) author and economist, Ms. Dongchun Wang, and senior public policy analyst and author, Dr. Rebecca Yang, for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss how changes in reimbursement policies can have unintended consequences.

 

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April 16, 2015

WCRI Releases National Inventory Of Cost Containment Initiatives Adopted In 51 Jurisdictions

Cambridge, MA, April 16, 2015 With medical benefits representing the single largest cost component for many state workers’ compensation systems, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released its Workers’ Compensation Medical Cost Containment: A National Inventory, 2015.

 

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February 25, 2015

New Study Helps Shed Light On Rising Hospital Costs In Workers' Compensation

Cambridge, MA, February 25, 2015 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), updates a recently published 33-state study with an extra year of data and the early impact analysis of major regulatory changes in North Carolina.

 

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January 29, 2015

WCRI'S Conference Presents Actionable Information To Real-World Issues Facing The Nation's workers compensation system

Cambridge, MA, January 29, 2015 Actionable information to real-world issues facing the nation’s workers’ compensation system will be presented at the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) 31st Annual Issues & Research Conference, scheduled for March 5-6, 2015 at the Westin Hotel in Boston, MA.

 

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January 22, 2015

New Predictors Of Worker Outcomes In Arkansas

Cambridge, MA, January 22, 2015 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Arkansas improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury―leading to better outcomes.

 

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January 22, 2015

New Predictors Of Worker Outcomes In Connecticut

Cambridge, MA, January 12, 2015 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Connecticut improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury―leading to better outcomes.

 

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January 22, 2015

New Predictors Of Worker Outcomes In Iowa

Cambridge, MA, January 12, 2015 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Iowa improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury―leading to better outcomes.

 

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January 22, 2015

New Predictors Of Worker Outcomes In Tennessee

Cambridge, MA, January 12, 2015 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Tennessee improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury―leading to better outcomes.

 

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January 15, 2015

Are Physician Dispensing Reforms Sustainable?

Cambridge, MA, January 15, 2015 After 18 states enacted reforms to limit the prices paid to doctors for prescriptions they write and dispense, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds that physician-dispensers in Illinois and California discovered a new way to continue charging and to get paid two to three times the price of a drug when compared with pharmacies.

 

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December 23, 2014

Though Workers' Compensation Medical Costs Per Claim Remain High In New Jersey, Rate Of Growth Has Slowed

Cambridge, MA, December 23, 2014 Workers’ compensation medical costs continued their relatively slow growth in New Jersey for the second year in a row, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). 

 

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December 16, 2014

Physician Dispensing Associated With Unnecessary Prescribing Of Opioids

Cambridge, MA
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A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found evidence that physician dispensing encouraged some physicians to unnecessarily prescribe strong opioids. The study analyzed the prescribing behavior after Florida banned physician dispensing of strong opioids.

 

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December 11, 2014

Hospital Outpatient Costs Higher And Growing Faster In States With Percent-Of-Charge-Based Fee Regulations Or No Fee Schedules

Cambridge, MA, December 11, 2014 As policymakers attempt to grapple with increasing medical costs in state workers’ compensation systems, a new study, Hospital Outpatient Cost Index for Workers’ Compensation, 3rd Edition, from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) helps them better understand one piece of the puzzle―hospital payments associated with outpatient surgeries.

 

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December 9, 2014

Cost Of Medical Care For Injured Workers In Michigan Was Lower Than Most States And Rising Slowly, Recent Study Says

Cambridge, MA, December 9, 2014 Medical payments for workers' compensation claims in Michigan were lower than most states and rising slowly according to a recent study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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December 4, 2014

Physician-Dispensed Drug Prices In Tennessee Decreased About 30%, Yet Remained 10%-30% Higher Than Pharmacy Prices

Cambridge, MA, December 4, 2014 Physician-dispensed drug prices in Tennessee decreased about 30 percent after reforms, yet remained 10–30 percent higher than pharmacy prices, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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November 25, 2014

Webinar On Latest ASC Studies From WCRI

Cambridge, MA, November 25, 2014 A growing number of states are either regulating their fees or revisiting their existing regulations for ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient departments.

 

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November 20, 2014

Physician-Dispensed Drug Prices In South Carolina Decreased About 35%, Yet Remained 30%-40% Higher Than Pharmacy Prices

Cambridge, MA, November 20, 2014 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found physician-dispensed drug prices in South Carolina decreased about 35 percent yet remained 30–40 percent higher than pharmacy prices.

 

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November 19, 2014

Registration for 2015 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference Now Open

CAMBRIDGE, MA, November 18, 2014   After enjoying record-breaking attendance at their last conference, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) officially opened registration today for their 2015 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2015, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.

 

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November 18, 2014

Louisiana Workers' Compensation Medical Costs Per Claim Were Stable In 2012, But Remained Higher Than In Most States

CAMBRIDGE, MA, November 18, 2014 The cost of medical care to treat injured workers in Louisiana changed little in 2012. But, Louisiana workers’ compensation medical costs per claim remained higher than similar costs in many states, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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November 13, 2014

Physician-Dispensed Drug Prices In Connecticut Decreased About 30%, Yet Remained 30-60% Higher Than Pharmacy Prices

Cambridge, MA, November 13, 2014 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found physician-dispensed drug prices in Connecticut decreased about 30 percent, yet remained 30–60 percent higher than pharmacy prices.

 

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November 12, 2014

Medical Payments Per Claim In Florida Were Typical Of Study States And Grew At A Moderate Rate From 2007 To 2012, Says New Study

Cambridge, MA, November 12, 2014 Medical payments per claim in Florida were typical of the 16 study states and grew moderately over the study period. The WCRI report, CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Florida, 15th Edition, said the average cost of a Florida claim with more than seven days of lost time that occurred in 2012 was $11,519, fairly close to the 16-state median at $12,167.

 

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November 6, 2014

Hospital Costs for Injured Workers in North Carolina Remained High: Focus Of Recent Policy Changes

Cambridge, MA, November 6, 2014 Hospital costs per workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina remained higher than most states in 2012 in the wake of attempts to control their costs, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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October 31, 2014

WCRI Webinar: Impact Of A Texas-Like Formulary In Other States

Cambridge, MA, October 31, 2014 As policymakers and other system stakeholders seek to contain medical costs, part of the focus is on prescription drug costs.

 

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October 30, 2014

Illinois Workers' Compensation Reforms Show Results: Costs Of Medical Payments Continue To Fall, New Study Says

Cambridge, MA, October 30, 2014 Reforms enacted in 2011 continue to drive down the cost of medical care for injured workers in Illinois, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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October 23, 2014

Estimating The Effect Of California’s Fee Schedule Changes: Lessons From WCRI Studies

Cambridge, MA, October 23, 2014 When California Senate Bill (SB) 863 took effect January 1, 2013, it ushered in several important fee schedule changes in the California workers’ compensation system.

 

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October 16, 2014 Comparing Medical Costs For Injured Workers Across 16 States

Cambridge, MA, October 16, 2014 The cost drivers of medical care in state workers’ compensation systems; the effects of legislative and regulatory changes on medical costs; and trends in payments, prices, and utilization of medical care for injured workers are examined in a new set of studies from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

 

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September 29, 2014

Prices for Physician Dispensed Drugs In Georgia Fell After Reforms, But Still Higher Than Pharmacies

Cambridge, MA, September 29, 2014 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) showed that Georgia’s changes to the reimbursement rules for physician-dispensed drugs reduced the average price per pill paid by 25–40 percent for most of the drugs commonly dispensed by physicians. However, the post-reform prices paid for physician-dispensed drugs were still 20–40 percent higher than the prices paid to pharmacies for the same drug. 

 

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September 26, 2014

Webinar On New Predictors Of Worker Outcomes

Cambridge, MA, September 26, 2014 For anyone involved in a state workers compensation system, be it employee or employer, the single goal when a worker gets injured on the job is to help them get the medical treatment they need to fully recover and return to work.

 

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September 22, 2014

Prices For Physician-Dispensed Drugs In Pennsylvania Continued To Increase Rapidly

Cambridge, MA, September 22, 2014 A new study, Physician Dispensing in Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition, from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found physician dispensing continued to grow rapidly in Pennsylvania.

 

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September 9, 2014

Webinar On Latest WCRI Opioid Studies

Cambridge, MA, September 9, 2014 The dangers of prescription drug misuse resulting in death and addiction constitute a top priority public health problem in the United States and are shared by the workers’ compensation community.

 

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September 4, 2014

New WCRI Study Monitors Trends In New York Workers' Compensation System

Cambridge, MA, September 4, 2014 Trends in the performance of the New York workers’ compensation system following reforms enacted in 2007 are monitored in a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The regular monitoring of system performance helps policymakers and system stakeholders focus attention on the objectives that are being met, objectives that are not being met, and any unintended consequences that have emerged. 

 

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August 5, 2014

WCRI Set To Participate At 69th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference

Cambridge, MA, August 5, 2014 Dr. Richard Victor, executive director of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), is set to participate in two sessions at the 69th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference (WCEC). The conference is being held August 17 - 20, 2014, at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL.

 

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July 8, 2014

WCRI Releases New Edition Of Its Medical Price Index For Workers’ Compensation

Cambridge, MA, July 8, 2014 Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released the sixth edition of its annual Medical Price Index for Workers' Compensation (MPI-WC). The MPI-WC, like the Consumer Price Index for medical care (CPI-M), measures price inflation. It tracks the actual medical prices paid for each of the major services delivered to injured workers in 25 states over the past 12 years.

 

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June 25, 2014

Texas-Like Drug Formulary Has Potential To Reduce Costs In Other States

Cambridge, MA, June 25, 2014 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examines how a Texas-like closed drug formulary might affect the prevalence and costs of drugs in 23 other state workers’ compensation systems that do not currently have a drug formulary.

 

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June 24, 2014

Surgeries Performed In ASCs Were Often Less Costly Than Hospital Outpatient Surgeries

Cambridge, MA, June 24, 2014 As the number of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) substantially expands nationwide, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examines how the payments for common workers’ compensation surgeries conducted at ASCs compare with the payments for similar surgeries performed at hospital outpatient settings.

 

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June 24, 2014

Prices Paid To Ambulatory Surgery Centers In Some States Are Triple That In Other States

Cambridge, MA, June 24, 2014 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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