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Eight State Reports on Physician Dispensing

As of June 2016, 20 states have made changes to rules governing the reimbursement for physician-dispensed drugs. These studies examine the impact of price-focused reforms on the frequency and costs of physician dispensing in the following eight states: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The analysis is based on detailed transaction data for physician- and pharmacy-dispensed prescriptions filled by injured workers up through the first quarter of 2014.

To read the abstract, executive summary, or to order a report, click on the state below.

All 8 Studies Indiana

Connecticut

Michigan

Florida

South Carolina

Georgia

Tennessee

Illinois

Longer-Term Use of Opioids, 3rd Edition

The report examines the prevalence and trends 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 study looked at longer-term opioid use over a two-year time period ending March 2014 and compared that with longer-term use over the two-year time period ending March 2012.
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Interstate Variations in Use of Opioids, 3rd Edition

This study 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. The study examines interstate variations and trends in the use of opioids and prescribing patterns of pain medications across 25 states. The study compares the amount of opioids prescribed per claim over two roughly 24-month periods of time ending March 2012 and March 2014.
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Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers

These studies compare outcomes of injured workers across the following 15 states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The outcomes examined include recovery of physical health and functioning, return to work, earnings recovery, access to medical care, and satisfaction with medical care. The goal of the studies is to provide information about injured workers’ experiences with the workers’ compensation system. By examining outcomes of injured workers, policymakers and stakeholders can better understand how different state systems compare in order to identify and prioritize opportunities to improve system performance.

To read the abstract, executive summary, or to order a report, click on the state below.

Arkansas

Michigan

Connecticut

Minnesota

Florida

North Carolina

Georgia

Pennsylvania

Indiana

Tennessee
Iowa Virginia
Kentucky Wisconsin
Massachusetts  

Payments to Ambulatory Surgery Centers, 2nd Edition

This study compares ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) facility payments for common outpatient knee and shoulder surgeries across 33 states in calendar year 2013. The study also examines rates of growth in ASC payments over time by looking at how average ASC payments changed from 2008 to 2013 for 29 states. Major fee schedule changes over that time period are also discussed.
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Comparing Payments to Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Hospital Outpatient Departments

This study compares ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) and hospital outpatient facility payments for common knee and shoulder surgeries across 32 states in calendar year 2013. A comparison of how average ASC and hospital outpatient payments changed from 2008 to 2013 is also provided.
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Crossing State Lines for Ambulatory Surgical Care: Exploring Claims from New York

The study examines how features of the New York workers’ compensation fee schedule in effect in 2010–2013 contributed to an increase in the likelihood that injured workers who lived and worked in New York City received ambulatory surgical services in New Jersey.
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Workers' Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2016

An essential tool for researching and understanding the distinctions among workers’ compensation laws in all U.S. states and certain Canadian provinces is a key resource for policymakers and system stakeholders to identify the similarities and distinctions between workers’ compensation regulations in multiple jurisdictions in effect as of January 1, 2016.
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CompScope™ Benchmarks, 16th Edition

The factors behind changing costs in state workers’ compensation systems, including the impact of legislative and regulatory reform on those costs, are examined in this 18-state study. 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.

The 18 states in the study are Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. There are individual reports for every state except Arkansas and Iowa.

To read the abstract, executive summary, or to order a report, click on the state below.

California

Michigan

Florida

Minnesota

Georgia

New Jersey

Illinois

North Carolina

Indiana

Pennsylvania

Kentucky Texas
Louisiana Virginia
Massachusetts Wisconsin

  

Of Special Interest 


WCRI Webinar: New Benchmarks for Comparing Outcomes of Injured Workers in 15 States

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. The outcomes examined include recovery of physical health and functioning, return to work, earnings recovery, access to medical care, and satisfaction with medical care. The 15 states included in the research are Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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In the News


WCRI's recent media releases

Articles referencing WCRI research.

Baltimore Sun

Md. lawmakers won't seek to limit doctors' ability to prescribe drugs

Maryland doctors who dispense under the state's workers' compensation system charge four times more than pharmacies for pills of painkillers Vicodin and Percocet and nearly seven times more for muscle-relaxer Soma, according to the Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute.
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New York Times

New Dosages of Old Drugs Are Used to Raise Their Prices

Over the last two years, states nationwide have moved to crack down on so-called physician dispensing of prescription drugs, a practice largely limited to doctors who treat injured workers. But doctors and companies have responded by exploiting loopholes in those rules and adopting new strategies to stay one step ahead, recent studies suggest.
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The Gazette

Study: Workers cite trust issue with injuries - Fear layoff, firing after being hurt on the job

A new study has found that some workers fear they will be laid off or fired after sustaining an on-the-job injury. The study from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute examined predictors of worker outcomes that can help Iowa public officials, insurers, and health care providers improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury.
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CFO Magazine

New Rules on Drugs Not Curbing Workers' Comp Costs

In a trend that may perplex self-insured companies trying to rein in workers’ compensation costs, doctors who prescribe drugs from their offices are exploiting a loophole in new regulations designed to limit what they can charge for prescriptions, according to a new study.
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WCRI 2016 Annual Report/Research Review

We would like to provide you with a copy of WCRI's 2016 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.
download the free PDF for the Annual Report

 

   
 

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