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 >>

Evaluation of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Fee Schedule Changes in Delaware

This new report provides policymakers and other stakeholders with the ability to examine all three rounds of the Delaware fee schedule changes enacted in House Bill (HB) 373. The objective of the fee schedule changes in HB 373 was to reduce medical expenses by 33 percent by January 31, 2017, over three consecutive annual… Read More >>

Monitoring Trends in the New York Workers’ Compensation System, 2005-2015

This is the 10th annual report to regularly track key metrics of the performance of the New York workers’ compensation system after the 2007 reforms, which, in addition to other important provisions, increased maximum statutory benefits, limited the number of weeks of permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, and… 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.


Recorded - Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Research on Fee Schedules and Medical Prices

The various design choices of fee schedule regulations and their impact on variation in medical payments across state workers’ compensation systems were discussed during an hour-long webinar by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.


Our Conference Is Still On!

Although we are expecting snow in Boston on Wednesday (3/21), we've heard varying reports of amounts and timing. As a result, we are going to proceed with our conference, March 22-23. If you have questions, please contact us at or 617-661-9274. Thank you. 


Member Spotlight: Artemis Emslie, myMatrixx

Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking to one of our long-time members and chair of our Disability and Medical Management Program Advisory Board, Artemis Emslie of myMatrixx about how she came to know the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). 


WCRI Adds New Session to Conference Agenda: Ohio’s Success in Reducing Injured Workers at Risk for Opioid Addiction, Overdose, and Death

Cambridge, MA, March 13, 2018―A new and informative session has been added to the agenda for the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s 34th Annual Research & Issues Conference, March 22-23 in Boston, MA. The new session is titled “Saving Lives—Building a Modern Pharmacy Program amid a Deadly Epidemic” and replaces the session “The Effect of Fee Schedules on Access to Care.”


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If you have not already registered, do it now so you can join the over 400 people and nearly 200 organizations making their way to Boston to attend WCRI's 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22-23.

Over the last few months, WCRI's CEO John Ruser has been interviewed by various news organizations about the value of attending the conference. Below are excerpts from two of them.


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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, 9th Edition

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