Impact of Vertical Integration in Workers’ Compensation

As vertical integration of medical providers has increased over the last decade, this study examines how claim costs, disability duration, and the nature of care change when patients see newly integrated medical providers relative to non-integrated providers. Supporters of vertical integration argue care can be delivered more efficiently and this translates into improved outcomes. Opponents… Read More >>

Time to First Medical Service—A WCRI FlashReport

This study examines the time from injury to first medical service among injured workers across states before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Time to first service provides insights for the understanding of access to medical care for workers with injuries. The focus of the analysis is on the median number of days from injury to first medical service by major type of provider (such as… Read More >>

Comorbidities and Recovery after Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

This study examines the prevalence of self-reported comorbidities, assesses the association between self-reported comorbidities and functional improvements, and identifies other important predictors of physical therapy outcomes. Identifying these comorbidities and understanding their impact on recovery may help workers’ compensation stakeholders better understand which low back pain cases are… Read More >>

Trends in the Delaware Workers’ Compensation System, 2016–2021

This study is the third annual report examining key performance metrics of the Delaware workers’ compensation benefit delivery system. The analysis covers total claim costs, medical payments, indemnity benefits, disability duration, benefit delivery expenses, and other metrics. It analyzes how these metrics of system performance have changed over time from 2016 to 2021 (at various claim… Read More >>

CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks, 24th Edition

The factors behind trends in medical payments per claim in 17 state workers’ compensation systems and the impact of legislative and regulatory changes on those costs are examined in this 24th edition of CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks. The studies examine trends in payments, prices, and utilization of medical care for workers with injuries. They provide analyses of recent costs and trends for… 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 >>

Gift Yourself the Experience of Attending WCRI’s 2024 Conference

This holiday season, gift yourself the experience of attending the 40th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2024, in Boston, MA. Our two-day conference differs from other workers' compensation forums with our original research on timely issues impacting state workers' compensation systems: Comorbidities and the Functional Recovery of Low Back PatientsDrivers of… Read More >>

WCRI Holds Webinar on CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks, 24th Edition

Cambridge, MA, Oct. 27, 2023 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a one-hour webinar on its recently release CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks, 24th Edition on Thurs., Nov. 16, 2023, at 2:00 pm ET. WCRI Senior Analyst and Author Carol Telles will share findings from the studies and take audience questions. “The CompScope™ series is a valuable tool for monitoring… Read More >>

2024 WCRI Conference Is Sold Out

Registration for the 40th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2024, is now sold out. Demand for tickets to the event was higher than ever before. To be added to the waiting list, please contact Kathy Fisher. To keep informed about next year’s conference, please subscribe to our email list on the front page of our website. Read More >>

Boston University Prof. Connie Noonan Hadley to Discuss the Power of Relationships to Improve Workforce Outcomes at 2024 WCRI Conference

Cambridge, MA, February 2, 2023―The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that Dr. Connie Noonan Hadley, an organizational psychologist and professor in the Management and Organizations Department at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, will keynote the second day of the 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6 at the Westin Copley Hotel in… Read More >>

Who Should Attend the 2024 WCRI Conference?

A question we often get about our annual conference is who should attend? The answer is, anyone working to improve workers’ compensation systems or seeking to manage a changing environment will benefit. Better yet, take a look at the more than 100 organizations registered for our 40th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2024, in Boston, MA. A.I.M. Mutual Insurance… 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 >>

Indiana Bill Would Allow Employees to Select Physician in Workers’ Comp Cases

A study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute published in 2017 found little evidence of average cost difference in between states where employers had control over the choice of provider and states where workers were given the most control of the choice of provider. The study, The Effects of Provider Choice Policies on Workers’ Compensation Costs, surveyed effects of provider… Read More >>

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