Hospital Outpatient Payment Index: Interstate Variations and Policy Analysis, 7th Edition

Rising hospital costs in the treatment of injured workers have received attention from public policymakers and system stakeholders in many states. To assist in better understanding these costs, this study compares hospital outpatient payments across states and monitors the impact of fee schedule reforms from 2005 to 2016.… Read More >>

WCRI Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation, 10th Edition (MPI-WC)

The increasing costs of medical care for treating injured workers have been a focus of public policymakers and system stakeholders in many states. To help them conduct meaningful comparisons of prices paid across states, and to monitor the price trends in relation to changes in fee schedules and network participation, this… Read More >>

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 >>

Member Spotlight: Donna Glenn, Liberty Mutual

Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of our board members, Donna Glenn of Liberty Mutual Insurance, about how she came to know WCRI.

Donna is Senior Vice President and Casualty Product Manager for National Insurance at Liberty Mutual. She has more than 25 years of property and casualty insurance experience. In her current role at Liberty Mutual, she is leading the strategic direction of the workers’ compensation line of business. Liberty Mutual currently writes more than $2.4B direct written premium for this line, handling more than 300,000 workers’ compensation claims for its 72,000 commercial customers. 


35th WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference

Save the date for WCRI's 35th Annual Issues & Research Conference, Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. If you are not on our e-mail list, click here to join so we can notify you when registration is open and sessions posted.


Recorded Webinar: Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability

In this recorded webinar, Dr. Bogdan Savych discussed the findings from a recently published WCRI study The Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability. 


Payments per Episode for Hospital Outpatient Services Higher in States with Percent-of-Charge-Based Fee Regulations or No Fee Schedules, Finds WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, June 28, 2018―Hospital outpatient payments were higher and growing faster in states with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations or no fee schedules, finds a study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study is an annual series comparing hospital payments for a group of common outpatient surgeries in workers’ compensation across 35 states from 2005 to 2016.


Prices Paid for Injured Workers’ Medical Care in 35 States Examined in WCRI Study

Cambridge, MA, June 14, 2018― As policymakers and system stakeholders in many states debate rising medical costs, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new study today that helps monitor changes in prices paid for medical professional services as well as the impact of fee schedule and network changes on price trends.


Average Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Tennessee Lower Compared with Other Study States, Finds WCRI Study

​Cambridge, MA, June 7, 2018 – The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Tennessee decreased 6 percent in 2015, reflecting in part the impact of reforms enacted in 2013, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study.


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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, 10th Edition

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