State Policies on Treatment Guidelines and Utilization Management: A National Inventory

Evidence-based treatment guidelines are considered to be useful in the delivery of consistent and effective medical care for patients with injuries or conditions. However, there is substantial variation in what treatment guidelines are adopted and how they are implemented in workers’ compensation systems across the… Read More >>

Correlates of Opioid Dispensing

This study identifies characteristics of injured workers and their employers that are associated with differences in opioid dispensing rates. For example, this study finds that injured workers in certain industries are more likely to receive opioids on a chronic basis. This information might be useful in setting priorities… Read More >>

Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers, 2017 Interviews

Three new state reports compare outcomes of injured workers in Minnesota, Pennsylvania,… Read More >>

WCRI FlashReport: Comparing Payments to Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Hospital Outpatient Departments

Some studies indicate that ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) provide care that is less expensive than services provided in hospitals. This study compares payments for similar knee and shoulder surgeries performed on injured workers in ASCs with hospital outpatient departments. This analysis is important since evidence about… Read More >>

35th WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference

Registration is now open for WCRI's 35th Annual Issues & Research Conference, February 28 and March 1, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. Click here to visit our conference website.

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Member Spotlight: Frank McKay, Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation

Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of our members—Frank McKay, chairman of the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation—about how he came to know WCRI.

As chairman, Judge McKay also serves as the State Board's Chief Appellate Court Judge. Judge McKay came to the State Board of Workers' Compensation as chairman in 2013 from private practice where he concentrated in workers' compensation representing both employers, insured and self-insured, and injured employees.

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Recorded Webinar: Future of Value-Based Care in Workers’ Compensation

This is a free, one-hour webinar on the fundamentals of value-based care (VBC) and its potential use in workers’ compensation. Dr. Randall Lea, an orthopedic surgeon and senior research fellow at WCRI, is the presenter.

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Recorded Webinar: Shift in Where Injured Workers Receive Medical Care

In the last decade or so, many medical services for injured workers have shifted from hospitals to nonhospital providers, including ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). These changes are an important factor underlying the trends in medical payments per claim. 

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Conference Session ─ State of the States: Selective Findings

One session we haven't talked about yet ─and you don't want to miss ─ is our State of the States session. It features selective findings and trends seen across WCRI's core benchmark studies, including our 18-State CompScope™ Benchmarks reports, a multi-state benchmarking program that measures the performance of a growing number of state workers’ compensation systems.

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WCRI Publishes National Inventory of State Policies on Treatment Guidelines and Utilization Management

Cambridge, MA, Feb. 5, 2019 ― Evidence-based treatment guidelines are considered to be useful in the delivery of consistent and effective medical care for patients with injuries or conditions. However, there is substantial variation in what treatment guidelines are adopted and how they are implemented in workers’ compensation systems across the country.

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​WCRI’s Annual Workers’ Comp Conference Features Latest Research and Efforts to Address Opioid Epidemic

Cambridge, MA, January 24, 2019―With more Americans dying from opioid overdoses than car crashes, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is devoting a session at their upcoming 35th Annual Issues & Research Conference to discussing the latest research and efforts to address the opioid epidemic. The conference is taking place February 28 and March 1, 2019, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, AZ.

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Conference Session - Innovative Employer Ideas

We are less than two months away from WCRI's 35th Annual Issues & Research Conference, February 28 and March 1, in Phoenix, AZ. If you haven't registered yet, don't miss this opportunity to elevate your career, expand your knowledge, and network with the 100+ organizations already attending. 

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