Monitoring Physician Dispensing Reforms in Pennsylvania

This study examines the impact of Pennsylvania House Bill 1846—which changed the reimbursement rules by capping the prices paid for physician-dispensed… Read More >>

CompScope™ Benchmarks, 18th Edition

These comprehensive reference reports measure the performance of 18 different state workers’ compensation systems, how they compare with each other, and how they have changed over time.

The reports are designed to help policymakers and others benchmark state system performance or a company’s workers’… Read More >>

Workers’ Compensation Medical Cost Containment: A National Inventory, 2018

The study provides policymakers and system stakeholders with an inventory of the cost containment initiatives employed by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. Federal programs (Federal Employees' Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act). However, it does not… Read More >>

Study links longer-term opioid prescriptions to more time off work

Longer-term prescribing of opioids causes substantially longer duration of temporary disability among workers with work-related low back injuries, according to a new study from an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, Mass.


Recorded - WCRI Webinar Examines Hospital Reimbursement in Several States

In this recorded one-hour webinar, WCRI's Carol Telles discusses the impact of changes to hospital reimbursement in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and North Carolina. Ms. Telles shared findings from WCRI’s CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks, 17th Edition, which examined the costs, prices, and utilization of workers’ compensation medical care in 18 states through March 2016 for injuries occurring mainly in 2010 to 2015.


Former Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to Open 2018 WCRI Conference

Cambridge, MA, Nov. 7, 2017―The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that Dr. Erica L. Groshen, former Commissioner of Labor Statistics and head of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, will be the opening speaker at its 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22 and 23, 2018, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.


Illinois’ Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim Grew 1 To 3 Percent Annually In Recent Years, WCRI Study Finds

​Cambridge, MA, May 22, 2018 – The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois grew annually anywhere from 1 to 3 percent since 2012, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).


Significant Decrease in Physician-Dispensed Drugs after Pennsylvania Reforms, New WCRI Study Finds

​Cambridge, MA, May 17, 2018 — Two years after the passage of House Bill 1846, the frequency and cost share of physician-dispensed drugs decreased considerably in Pennsylvania in line with the aims of the legislation, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) titled Monitoring Physician Dispensing Reforms in Pennsylvania.


Member Spotlight: Stephanie Bloomingdale, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking to one of our long-time members, Stephanie Bloomingdale of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO about how she came to know and join the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Stephanie is the secretary-treasurer for the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO with more than 20 years of experience in labor as an organizer, negotiator, trainer, and activist.


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Minnesota AFL-CIO

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This 31-state study compares medical prices paid across states and monitors trends in relation to policy choices and changes in fee schedules.

Medical Price Index, 9th Edition

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