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Impact of Physician Dispensing Reform in Georgia, 2nd Edition

This study is an update to the 2013 WCRI study that examined the early results of Georgia’s reform using pre- and post-reform data. With an additional year of data, the study found that there was little change in the prevalence of physician dispensing in the second post-reform period.
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Physician Dispensing in Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition

This report is an update of the previous study that examined the prevalence and costs of physician-dispensed prescriptions in Pennsylvania. With an additional year of data, the study continued to find higher and growing prices paid for physician-dispensed drugs.
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Monitoring Trends in the New York Workers' Compensation System

This new study is the seventh annual report to regularly track key metrics of the performance of the state’s workers’ compensation system following the implementation of major reforms enacted in 2007. 

This regular monitoring of system performance helps policymakers and system stakeholders to focus attention on objectives that are being met, objectives that are not being met, and unintended consequences that have emerged.  
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WCRI Medical Price Index for Workers' Compensation, Sixth Edition (MPI-WC)

This annual study will help public policy makers and system stakeholders understand how prices paid for medical professional services for injured workers in their state compare with other states and know if prices in their state are rising rapidly or relatively slowly. Click here to download a free copy of this study.

Impact of a Texas-Like Formulary in Other States

This study examines how a Texas-like closed drug formulary, which limits access to some drugs by requiring prior-authorization for drugs not included in the 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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Comparing Payments to Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Hospital Outpatient Departments

As the number of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) substantially expands nationwide, this study 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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Payments to Ambulatory Surgery Centers

This study will help policymakers and system stakeholders better understand the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) payments for common surgeries in their state, how they compare to others, and the role of different types of fee schedules.
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Predictors of Worker Outcomes

Eight new state-specific studies identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers improve the treatment and communication and injured worker receives after and injury - leading to better outcomes.  To read the abstract, executive summary, or to order a report, click on the state below.


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Interstate Variations in Use of Narcotics, 2nd Edition

The dangers of narcotic 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. This 25-state study will give public officials, employers, worker advocates, and other stakeholders the ability to examine interstate variations and trends in the use of narcotics and prescribing patterns of pain medications in the workers’ compensation system.  

The following states are included in this study: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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Longer-Term Use of Opioids, 2nd Edition

The study examined the prevalence of longer-term use of opioids in 25 states and how often the services recommended by medical treatment guidelines were used for monitoring and managing chronic opioid therapy. The recommended services include drug testing and psychological evaluations and treatment, which may help prevent opioid misuse resulting in addiction and even overdose deaths.

The following states are included in this study: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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WCRI Webinar Recordings Available for Purchase


Missed a webinar? Don't worry. Our recorded webinars allow you to watch previously held webinars, on WCRI studies and important issues for the workers' compensation community from the comfort of your home or office. Click here to see our most recently recorded webinars.

Of Special Interest

Webinar on New Predictors of Worker Outcomes

Join Dr. Bogdan Savych and Dr. Vennela Thumula of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 12 noon MT, and 11 a.m. PT) as they discuss WCRI’s newest research on worker outcomes as well as take your questions.  Click here to read more.

WCRI 2015 Annual Issues & Research Conference

On the heels of this year's record breaking conference attendance, we have secured a date and location for WCRI's 2015 Annual Issues & Research Conference. Next year's conference will be held March 5-6, 2015 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA
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Our Medical Price Index, Sixth Edition, published in July 2014 is available free as a PDF. Click on the links below for a no charge look at the work we do and the value of the findings we present.

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Higher costs of doctor-dispensed drugs draw state reform efforts

Under workers’ compensation programs, physicians occasionally dispense drugs to injured employees. Compared to medications dispensed through a pharmacy, medications given to patients during an office visit often have higher mark-up, adding to doctors’ profits.
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Bill to curb costly drug-dispensing by doctors stuck in committee

Legislation that would curb the practice of physicians directly dispensing prescription drugs to workers' compensation patients — often at sky-high prices — remains stuck in a House committee as time is running out in Annapolis.
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LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom

Obamacare Architect Estimates Three-Year Delay in Accurately Understanding Affordable Care Act Impact on Workers’ Compensation

The statement of economist Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts that a three-year news blackout regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have had merit was arguably the most memorable moment during the 2014 Annual Issues and Research Conference that Workers Compensation Research Institute of Cambridge held on March 12-13, 2014 in Boston.
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WCRI 2014 Annual Report/Research Review

We would like to provide you with a copy of WCRI's 2014 Annual Report & Research Review. 

We are proud of the impact our research has had in providing public officials and various system stakeholders with the information-based data they need to make better decisions. Examples of where our research has had an impact can be found starting on page 6.

We encourage you to pass this along to others in or outside your organization. Our research is funded by member organizations so enlarging our membership base allows us to expand our research agenda.  If you or a colleague are interested in becoming a member of WCRI, please let us know.

Click on the following link to download a copy of the report in PDF format. Please know it may take a minute to download.
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