Workers’ Compensation: Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going?
Significant changes in workers'
compensation systems have occurred since 1983. Many jurisdictions
implemented reforms to try to curtail rapidly rising costs and to
improve worker outcomes, insurers responded to uncertain and
cyclical market conditions, employers called for reasonable,
predictable costs, and workers sought to ensure or maintain adequate
To capture the successes, lessons,
and failures of the past and to anticipate future challenges, WCRI
brought together prominent workers’ compensation policymakers,
practitioners, and researchers at its Annual Issues & Research
Conference to take stock of the progress made and the work yet to be
done. The conference also marked a milestone for WCRI: its
twenty-fifth year of providing useful, high quality information on
significant public policy issues.
This singular collection of papers
critically examines the key issues that emerged over the past
twenty-five years and identifies forces that will come into play
during the next decade – a must read for anyone seeking specifics
about past challenges and a look into what lies ahead. Employers,
labor advocates, insurers, public policymakers, managed care
organizations, health care professionals, and others will be able to
capitalize on this information as they confront the strategic forces
that will shape the features and performance of workers’
compensation in this new economic climate.
This book, another in a series of
special volumes of papers from WCRI conferences, covers the
Workers’ Compensation before
and after 1983, by Dr. Peter S. Barth, Professor of
Economics Emeritus at the University of Connecticut.
Workers’ Compensation Cost
Drivers through the Years, by Barry Lipton, Practice Leader
and Senior Actuary for the National Council on Compensation
Insurance (NCCI), and Karen Ayres, Director and Actuary for NCCI.
Insurance Markets and the Role of State Funds, by Robert J.
Malooly, Assistant Director, Insurance Services Division,
Washington Department of Labor & Industries.
Cost Trends and Cost
Drivers: An Employer’s Perspective, by Robert B. Steggert,
Vice President, Casualty Claims for Marriott International, Inc.
Wage Replacement Benefits,
by Dr. H. Allan Hunt, Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute
for Employment Research.
Worker Outcomes: Recovery of
Health, Access, and Satisfaction with Care, by Dr. Sharon E.
Belton, Senior Public Policy Analyst at the Workers Compensation
Arc & Architecture of
Reform, by Paul Mattera, Senior Vice President and Chief
Public Affairs Officer, Liberty Mutual Group.
Medical Care in the Next
Decade: What the Last 10 Years Have Taught Us, by Kathryn L.
Mueller, MD, Medical Director for the Colorado Division of
Workers’ Compensation, and Jeffrey S. Harris, MD, Methodologist
and Guideline Medical Editor for Kaiser Permanente Care
Medical Management, 1983 to 2008: Innovation, Regulatory
Response, and Unfinished Business, by David A. North,
President and CEO, Sedgwick Claims Management Services.
Administration and Adjudication 1983-2008, by Elizabeth A.
Crum, Deputy Secretary for Compensation and Insurance,
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Social Policies of
Disability Evaluation, by Alex Swedlow, Executive Vice
President of Research, California Workers’ Compensation
The Relationship between
Workplace Injuries and Workers’ Compensation Claims: The
Importance of System Design, by Dr. Leslie I. Boden,
Professor of Public Health in the Department of Environmental
Health, Boston University School of Public Health, and Emily A. Spieler, Dean and Edwin
Hadley Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of
Injuries and Illnesses: Getting More from the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, by Michael Silverstein,
MD, Assistant Director for Industrial Safety and Health in the
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
Compensation: Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going? Richard A. Victor and Linda L. Carrubba, editors.
November 2010. WC-10-33.