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 >>

The Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability

A new study released today examines the effect of opioid prescriptions on the duration of temporary disability benefits among workers with work-related low back injuries. While medical practice guidelines often advise against routine (i.e., nonsurgical) use of opioids for treatment of low back injuries, opioid use in nonsurgical… Read More >>

WCRI FlashReport: Texas-Like Formulary for Louisiana State Employees

This FlashReport focuses on how a Texas-like closed formulary might affect the prevalence and costs of drugs prescribed to Louisiana state employees. It does not study the impact of a drug formulary on patient outcomes and overall medical costs or estimate the potential cost savings for all workers’ compensation claims… 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.


New CompScope™ Studies Examine Trends in 18 State Workers’  Compensation Systems after a Number of Them Enacted Reforms

Cambridge, MA, April 26, 2018 – The economic and regulatory factors impacting the average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in 18 states are examined in a series of just-published Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) studies.


Reducing opioid use requires multi-pronged approach

Business Insurance | By Louise Esola | 4/18/2018

SAN ANTONIO — The head of risk management for a company whose 454,000 workers are tasked with delivering 2.5 million packages around the world each day, said solving the opioid crisis will take a multitude of strategies.


WCRI Releases National Inventory of Cost Containment Initiatives

Cambridge, MA―April 10, 2018―With medical benefits representing the single largest cost component for many state workers’ compensation systems, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released its Workers’ Compensation Medical Cost Containment: A National Inventory, 2018 today.


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Brad Lehto
Chief of Staff
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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