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Conference Session - Unions and Management: Creating a Successful Return-to-Work Program

November 13, 2018

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In keeping with the theme ("Breaking Down Barriers to Improve Injured Workers’ Outcomes") of our 35th Annual Issues & Research Conference, Feb. 28 and Mar. 1 in Phoenix, AZ , Dr. Cameron Mustard, president and chief scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, will present his research on the challenges and successes in implementing a comprehensive and collaborative return-to-work program for a large acute-care hospital system employing 4,000 people.

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1,000+ LinkedIn Followers!

October 16, 2018

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We recently reached 1,000+ LinkedIn followers! Many thanks to all those who follow us as well as liked, commented, and shared our content. We could not have done it without you and look forward to continuing to provide you with objective, credible, high-quality workers' compensation research.

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WCRI Quarterly Newsletter: 3rd Quarter (July 1 - Sept. 30, 2018)

October 10, 2018

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Check out our latest quarterly newsletter, which shows you what we have been up to over the last three months (July 1 - Sept. 30, 2018)...

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Member Spotlight: Kevin Brady, PMA Companies

October 4, 2018

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Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with a member of our research committee—Kevin Brady, Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary for the PMA Companies—about how he came to know WCRI.

Kevin has more than 30 years of actuarial experience, with the last 10 plus years being responsible for the overall actuarial function at PMA. The PMA Companies are industry leaders of workers' compensation, casualty insurance, and TPA & risk services with over 100 years of experience.

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WCRI’s Opioid Research Mentioned in Hearing Memo by Staff of U.S. House Committee on Small Business

September 19, 2018

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The U.S. House Committee on Small Business recently held a hearing on how the opioid epidemic affects small businesses. A memo written by the committee staff for the members mentioned WCRI's research.

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International Foundation for Occupational Risk Prevention recognize WCRI’s President & CEO John Ruser

September 18, 2018

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On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the International Foundation for Occupational Risk Prevention will be recognizing WCRI 's President & CEO John Ruser with an award (see attached letter) for his many years of working toward the "improvement of workers wellbeing." 

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Volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank

September 10, 2018

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Today, WCRI had the honor and pleasure of volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) where we helped sort, pack, label, and distribute 11,002 pounds of food, which translates to 9,168 meals for hungry families across Eastern Massachusetts. To learn more about the GBFB, visit https://www.gbfb.org/. 

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WCRI’s MPI-WC mentioned in the latest edition of the GB Journal

August 9, 2018

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Our Medical Price Index for Workers’ Compensation, 10th Edition (MPI-WC) was mentioned in the latest edition of the GB Journal. For those interested, our MPI-WC can be downloaded off our website for free.

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health Report Cites WCRI’s Opioid Research

August 8, 2018

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WCRI's opioid study, Interstate Variations in Use of Opioids, 4th Edition, was cited in a new report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) titled Opioid-related Overdose Deaths in Massachusetts by Industry and Occupation, 2011-2015.

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PA Gov. Wolf cites WCRI research in roll out of opioid guidelines in workers’ compensation

July 20, 2018

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On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced new opioid guidelines for workers' compensation. In the roll out, he cited a finding from WCRI's study, Longer-Term Dispensing of Opioids, 4th Edition, that Pennsylvania ranks third highest in the nation in the percentage of injured workers who become long-term opioid users.

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Member Spotlight: Donna Glenn, Liberty Mutual

July 16, 2018

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Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of our board members, Donna Glenn of Liberty Mutual Insurance, about how she came to know WCRI.

Donna is Senior Vice President and Casualty Product Manager for National Insurance at Liberty Mutual. She has more than 25 years of property and casualty insurance experience. In her current role at Liberty Mutual, she is leading the strategic direction of the workers’ compensation line of business. Liberty Mutual currently writes more than $2.4B direct written premium for this line, handling more than 300,000 workers’ compensation claims for its 72,000 commercial customers. 

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Member Spotlight: Stephanie Bloomingdale, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

May 15, 2018

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Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking to one of our long-time members, Stephanie Bloomingdale of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO about how she came to know and join the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Stephanie is the secretary-treasurer for the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO with more than 20 years of experience in labor as an organizer, negotiator, trainer, and activist.

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WCRI Testifies Before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

May 8, 2018

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WCRI’s Executive Vice President and Counsel Ramona Tanabe was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections at a hearing on May 8 regarding “The Opioid Epidemic: Implications for the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act.” During the hearing, Ms. Tanabe fielded many questions while summarizing findings from WCRI’s opioid research.

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Thank you!

March 26, 2018

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Thank you again to all our speakers and attendees for braving the elements to make WCRI's 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22 and 23 in Boston, our best yet. We hope to see you at next year's conference, February 28 and March 1, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. Please save the date!

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Our Conference Is Still On!

March 20, 2018

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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 wcri@wcrinet.org or 617-661-9274. Thank you. 

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Member Spotlight: Artemis Emslie, myMatrixx

March 20, 2018

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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). 

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Two Weeks Left

March 6, 2018

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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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Should we hold a seat for you?

March 1, 2018

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Over 400 people will be taking their seats in three weeks for our annual workers' compensation conference, March 22-23, in Boston, MA. Should we hold a seat for you?   
For those still on the fence, below are three great reasons to attend.

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No Fillers

February 22, 2018

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Some conferences have fillers unrelated to the topic of the conference, which needlessly lengthen the agenda and your time away from the office. We've designed a tightly-packed, two-day conference (March 22-23, 2018) to give you strategies and lessons you can employ immediately. 

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Who Should Attend WCRI’s Annual Conference?

February 16, 2018

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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 150+ organizations below that registered for our 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22-23 in Boston, MA.

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People Are Talking

February 15, 2018

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With five weeks left to register, people are talking about the timely topics, seasoned speakers, and new research being discussed at WCRI's 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22-23, in Boston. MA.

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The World Of Work Is Changing―Fast. Are You Prepared?

February 6, 2018

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In the final session of our 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22-23 in Boston, MA, a distinguished panel will help us look ahead at the fast-changing world of work and the implications of this change for workers' compensation. 

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Does Medical Marijuana Shift Prescription Drug Spending?

January 23, 2018

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For the 2018 Annual Conference, we have invited Dr. David Bradford of the University of Georgia to share his latest research, which looks at the effect medical marijuana programs have on prescription drug spending. 

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Paduda: WCRI [conference] is just around the corner

January 16, 2018

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Had a chance to sit down with WCRI CEO John Ruser a couple weeks ago and get his take on the Institute’s Annual Meeting, scheduled for March 22-23. For those who have yet to attend WCRI, get yourself there this year…and unlike other conferences, attendance is limited. I’d strongly encourage you to register now if you haven’t already…

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Start off 2018 right!

January 9, 2018

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Happy New Year! The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a resolution. Start off 2018 right: resolve to gain new insights and a better understanding of key issues in today's complex environment by attending WCRI's 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22-23, in Boston, MA.

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Happy New Year from WCRI!

December 29, 2017

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As 2017 comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have made our progress possible. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come.

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Member Spotlight: Steve Perroots, Marriott International, Inc.

December 20, 2017

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Recently, we had the pleasure to talk to one of our long-time members, Steve Perroots of Marriott International, Inc., about how he came to know the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), why his organization chose to become a member of WCRI, and what value he derives from membership. As vice president for global claims, Steve is in charge of all Marriott claims programs, which cover more than 225,000 employees, and 5,700 properties in over 110 countries and territories around the world.

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Who Is Ready for Value-Based Care?

December 12, 2017

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In our last e-mail, we announced a session on the impact of opioids and prescription drugs on the workplace  at our 34th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 22 and 23, 2018, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. We also have an exciting and informative session on value-based care.

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WCRI Conference Session: Impact of Opioids & Prescription Drugs on the Workplace

November 28, 2017

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During this session, WCRI will be unveiling its latest research on how opioids impact return to work for injured workers. We have also invited the National Safety Council to discuss the results from a recent survey they commissioned on how American employers are dealing with prescription drugs in the workplace. Lastly, one of our members from a large employer will share what her company is doing to address these important issues.

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Gov. Baker mentions WCRI’s research as he unveils new legislation to combat the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.

November 21, 2017

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Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker proposed a new, multifaceted piece of legislation designed to combat the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. The legislation is called the CARE Act, which stands for an Act Relative to Combating Addiction, Accessing Treatment, Reducing Prescriptions, and Enhancing Prevention.

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Paduda: WCRI’s Conference Is “A Must-Do.”

November 21, 2017

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Thanks to Joe Paduda for mentioning our upcoming annual workers' compensation conference (March 22 and 23, in Boston, MA) in his blog yesterday. As Joe said, "sign up soon" as WCRI's conference is "a must-do." Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.

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A Discussion Worth Watching

October 5, 2017

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As we finalize the agenda for next year's WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference (March 22 and 23, 2018, in Boston, MA), we wanted to share with you an example of a session from our last annual conference. 

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We Hope You Had A Great Summer!

September 21, 2017

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Today is the last official day of summer. With the changing of the seasons (and temperature) in Cambridge there is excitement in the air about the year ahead, reports we are getting ready to publish, topics we are going to study, and our annual conference. 

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Giving Back

August 21, 2017

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This past Friday, WCRI was proud to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons in Massachusetts to put packages together (i.e., toys, school supplies, clothes, etc.) for needy children. Photos from the event may be viewed on our Facebook page.  ‬

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Member Spotlight: Mike Fenlon, United Parcel Service (UPS)

August 9, 2017

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Recently, we had the opportunity to talk to one of our long-time members, Mike Fenlon of United Parcel Service (UPS), about how he came to know the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), why UPS became a member of WCRI, and what value he derives from membership. Mike heads global corporate risk management for UPS, which is the world’s largest package delivery company serving more than 220 countries and territories.

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Updating Massachusetts Legislators on Our Latest Opioid Research

July 25, 2017

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Yesterday, we were invited to brief the Boston Delegation (Massachusetts State Senators and Representatives that represent parts of Boston) up at the Massachusetts State House on WCRI's latest opioid research. Dr. John Ruser, WCRI’s president and CEO, presented findings from the following studies....

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Spotlight: Concomitant Use of Opioids and Benzodiazepines, Other Central Nervous System Depressants

July 5, 2017

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In our recent study, Interstate Variations on Use of Opioids, 4th Edition, WCRI looked at the concomitant use of opioids and other central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines (Valium® and Xanax®), muscle relaxants (Soma® and Flexeril®), and sedatives (Ambien®) among injured workers.

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Two New Videos Promote WCRI’s Annual Conference and Membership

June 22, 2017

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We have added two new videos to our website to promote membership and our annual conference. In both videos, current members explain why they joined WCRI and attend our annual conference. We are grateful for their participation. To watch either video, click on the links below and go to the bottom of the page.

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First Quarter Impact 2017 (1/1/17 - 3/31/17)

April 12, 2017

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In states large and small, our work continues to be actively used by a diverse group of public officials and stakeholders, resulting in better, more informed decision making. Below is a sample of where our work was used over the last three months.

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2017 WCRI Annual Report + Research Review

March 16, 2017

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We would like to share with you a copy of our 2017 WCRI Annual Report + Research Review. Among the report's many features is a list of the impact our research had last year in helping policymakers and other stakeholders make more informed decisions.

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Another Record-Breaking Year for Conference Attendance

March 7, 2017

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Thank you to the over 400 people who helped make WCRI’s 33rd Annual Research & Issues Conference such a tremendous success.  

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Full WCRI Conference Agenda Now Online

January 17, 2017

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We are less than two months away from our 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference (March 2-3, 2017) in Boston, Massachusetts. This will be one of our most exciting conferences yet, tackling issues critical to state workers compensation systems today and for years to come. 

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Start Off 2017 Right

January 4, 2017

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Happy New Year! The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a resolution. 
Start off 2017 right: resolve to gain new insights and a better understanding of key issues in today's complex environment by attending WCRI's 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference (March 2-3, 2017) in Boston, MA.

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