An Alternative Grouping of Complex Conditions in Workers’ Compensation

There is anecdotal evidence that more serious and complex injuries lead to higher medical costs, longer duration of disability, and suboptimal outcomes. Examining this relationship necessitates a more specific injury classification. Despite previous efforts to classify injuries and illnesses with the goal of facilitating injury research and outcome predictions, injury classifications that are… Read More >>

Medical Payments in Workers’ Compensation During the Recent Inflationary Period—A WCRI FlashReport

In recent years, inflation in the workers’ compensation system has been a concern, as inflation in the overall economy spiked at 9 percent in June 2022. This new report examines the most recent trends in medical inflation to assess whether there was any accelerated medical price growth in workers’ compensation due to a potential lagged effect of the overall inflationary trends. The study… Read More >>

Hospital Outpatient Payment Index: Interstate Variations and Policy Analysis, 13th Edition

With rising hospital costs a focus of public policy debates across the country, this study compares hospital outpatient payments across states and monitors the impact of fee schedule reforms from 2005 to 2022. It also includes a benchmark comparing workers’ compensation hospital outpatient payments and Medicare rates. The study captures payments for services provided and billed by hospitals.… Read More >>

WCRI Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation, 16th Edition (MPI-WC)

Since medical costs are a constant focus for policymakers and system stakeholders in state workers’ compensation systems, this annual study provides comparisons of prices paid for medical professional services across 36 states from 2008 to 2023. The study focuses on professional services (evaluation and management, physical medicine, surgery, major and minor radiology, neurological testing,… Read More >>

Impact of Excessive Heat on the Frequency of Work-Related Injuries

With U.S. officials bracing for another summer of dangerous heat, this new study measures the extent to which excessive heat has increased the incidence of work-related injuries in recent years by considering injuries like heat exhaustion as well as accidents like falling off a ladder on a hot day. The study uses claims data and weather data from 2016 to 2021 across 24 states. The findings can… Read More >>

WCRI Webinar: The Impact of Excessive Heat on Workplace Injuries

Waltham, MA, May 21, 2024—The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will host a 30-minute webinar on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss findings from the Institute’s new study on how excessive heat affects workplace injuries. “This is a highly relevant topic, especially as U.S. officials prepare for another summer of extreme heat. The study’s insights can help… Read More >>

Webinar to Discuss Impact of Vertical Integration on Prices, Medical Utilization, and Outcomes

Waltham, MA, April 4, 2024—The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold an hour-long webinar on the impact of vertical integration on prices, medical utilization, and outcomes, based on published WCRI reports. The date of the webinar is Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 2pm ET. “Medical markets are increasingly concentrated, meaning patients are more likely to be treated by… Read More >>

WCRI Conference Includes Session on Psychological Risk Factors and Functional Recovery

Cambridge, MA, Jan. 18, 2024―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that a session on “Psychological Risk Factors and Functional Recovery” will be held at its 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6 in Boston, MA. WCRI Policy Analyst Vennela Thumula will present the Institute’s latest research on the topic. “This session provides insights… Read More >>

Excessive Heat and Work-Related Injuries to Be a Focus at WCRI Conference

Cambridge, MA, Jan. 11, 2024―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that a session on “Excessive Heat and Work-Related Injuries” will be held at its 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6 in Boston, MA. WCRI Vice President of Research Sebastian Negrusa and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Research Director David Bonauto will… Read More >>

Start Off 2024 Right by Attending WCRI’s Annual Conference

Happy New Year! The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a resolution. Start off 2024 right: Resolve to gain new insights and a better understanding of key trends in today's workers' compensation environment by attending WCRI's 40th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, in Boston, MA. Our two-day program highlights presentations of WCRI's latest… Read More >>

WCRI: Medical Fee Schedules Play Big Role in Shaping Price Changes During Inflationary Period in State Workers’ Compensation Systems

Waltham, MA, June 13, 2024—In recent years, inflation in the workers’ compensation system has been a concern, as inflation in the overall economy spiked at 9 percent in June 2022. This new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examines the most recent trends in medical inflation to assess whether there was any accelerated medical price growth in workers’… Read More >>

Map Shows ‘Extreme’ Heat Risk Warning as Florida Braces

A study released last week by the Workers Compensation Research Institute found that excessive heat leads to a significant increase in workplace injuries, including heat exhaustion and incidents like "falling off a ladder on a hot day." Read More >>

High Temperatures Increase Work-Related Injury Risk

As the frequency of extremely hot days increases, so does the number of heat-related illness and work injuries, according to researchers at the 2024 Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) issues and research conference. Read More >>

WCRI: Despite Large Growth, Wisconsin Duration of Temporary Disability per Workers’ Compensation Claim Still Shorter Than Most Study States

Waltham, MA, May 28, 2024—A recent study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that Wisconsin’s average indemnity benefit per claim grew nearly 10 percent in 2022, fueled by large growth in the average duration of temporary disability per claim. However, the duration of temporary disability per claim in Wisconsin remained the lowest of the study states.… Read More >>

Lowering the Temperature on Workers’ Comp Claims, Literally

The probability of work-related accidents increases by 5 to 6% when the temperature rises above 90 degrees compared to 65-70 degrees, according to a recent study from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Read More >>

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Our WCRI Medical Price Index for Workers' Compensation, 16th Edition, compares prices paid for medical professional services across 36 states and monitors price changes from 2008 to 2023.

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