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2024 WCRI Conference Is Sold Out

February 20, 2024

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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.

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Who Should Attend the 2024 WCRI Conference?

January 23, 2024

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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 more than 100 organizations registered for our 40th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2024, in Boston, MA.

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Start Off 2024 Right by Attending WCRI’s Annual Conference

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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.

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Gift Yourself the Experience of Attending WCRI’s 2024 Conference

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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...

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Thankful for Your Support

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As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to express our deep appreciation for the unwavering support you've provided the Institute. Your commitment has been crucial in enabling WCRI to deliver independent, high-quality, and credible research, playing a pivotal role in fostering informed decision-making within state workers' compensation systems.

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Join Us for a Bewitching Time at Our Annual Conference

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While our 2024 conference (March 5-6) in Boston may not coincide with Halloween, it promises to be a thrilling and enlightening experience.

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2023 Annual Staff Volunteer Outing

October 20, 2023

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Today, WCRI had its annual staff volunteer outing. This year, WCRI staff picked apples at Boston Hill Farm and then donated them to Foodlink, which delivers fresh food to 80-100 community-based organizations (e.g., food pantries, homeless shelters, senior centers) serving people throughout Greater Boston. #GivingBack

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Kathy Fisher presenting at 15th Annual Workers Compensation and Safety Conference hosted by the Illinois Chamber and Illinois Self-Insurers’ Association

October 18, 2023

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Today, our colleague Kathy Fisher is presenting WCRI research at the 15th Annual Workers Compensation and Safety Conference hosted by the Illinois Chamber and Illinois Self-Insurers' Association. Kathy's presentation will address the impact of the pandemic on the workers’ comp system using WCRI research on long COVID, and workers’ comp trends in Illinois.

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2024 WCRI Conference: Keynote Announced and Registration Open

October 09, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, Oct. 10, 2023―The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that registration is open and acclaimed Harvard economist David Cutler will keynote the 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston, MA.

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Message from WCRI CEO Ramona Tanabe

May 01, 2023

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Today, I am honored and excited to officially begin my role as the new president and CEO of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). I am grateful to my predecessor, friend, and colleague John Ruser for his contributions of eight years. I want to thank the WCRI Board of Directors for their confidence in choosing me to lead WCRI into our next phase.

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Thank You for Attending WCRI’s 2023 Conference!

March 23, 2023

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Thank you to all our speakers and attendees for making our 2023 WCRI Issues & Research Conference our best yet. We hope all our attendees enjoyed learning about our latest research, hearing from our well-regarded keynote speakers and panelists, and networking with our diverse audience. For those who attended, you still have time to download the slides from the conference app. Below are some articles and blog posts written about the…

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Who Should Attend 2023 Issues & Research Conference?

March 14, 2023

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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 more than 200 organizations registered for our 2023 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22 in Phoenix, AZ.

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WCRI Announces Panel on Changes in the Workplace at 2023 Conference

February 16, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, Feb. 16, 2023― Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) shared information about a panel on “Changes in the Workplace” that will be held at its 2023 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, AZ. The conference theme is "Disruption, Resilience, and Evolution."

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Noted Labor Economist David Autor to Keynote 2023 WCRI Conference

February 07, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, Feb. 7, 2022― The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that acclaimed MIT economist David Autor will keynote the 2023 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, AZ.

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WCRI Shares Research at NIOSH Center for Workers’ Compensation Meeting

November 22, 2022

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The NIOSH Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies is hosting a meeting on December 8 to discuss recent findings, new prevention activities, and to share analysis practices. Among those on the agenda are WCRI CEO John Ruser, who will be discussing the Institute's long COVID-19 research, and WCRI VP of Research Sebastian Negrusa, who will be discussing the Institute's research on behavioral health in workers' compensation.…

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WCRI Webinar: Behavioral Health in Workers’ Compensation

November 22, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Nov. 22, 2022 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will host a free 30-minute webinar on its recent study A Primer on Behavioral Health Care in Workers’ Compensation on Thursday Dec. 15, 2022, at 2pm ET.

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World Diabetes Day 2022

November 14, 2022

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On this World Diabetes Day, we look back at past WCRI research that found injured workers with diabetes, when interviewed 2.5 years after injury, had a 4 percentage point higher rate of not working compared to workers without diabetes. Click here to read an article in Insurance Journal.

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Delaware Workers’ Compensation System the Focus of Upcoming WCRI Webinar

October 19, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Oct. 19, 2022 ― The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will host a free 30-minute webinar on Nov. 17, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET on its study Trends in the Delaware Workers’ Compensation System, 2015–2020.

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Registration Now Open for 2023 WCRI Conference

October 12, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Oct. 12, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced registration is now open for the Institute’s 39th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22, 2023. This year’s conference is being held in person at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

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2022 WCRI Staff Volunteer Outing

September 26, 2022

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Today, WCRI staff volunteered at Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary to help them prepare for the 2023 season. WCRI staff tackled various gardening tasks around the sanctuary, including weeding and sweeping accessible paths. It was a fantastic way to give back to the community by helping conservation efforts, while also getting fresh air and connecting with colleagues.

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Latest Drug Trends in 28 States the Focus of Upcoming Free WCRI Webinar

September 01, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Sept. 1, 2022 ― The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will host a free 45-minute webinar on Sept. 29, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET on its FlashReport, Interstate Variation and Trends in Workers’ Compensation Drug Payments: 2018Q1 to 2021Q1. Two of the study’s authors, Dr. Vennela Thumula and Dongchun Wang, will discuss its key findings and take audience questions.

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Save the Date! WCRI’s 39th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22, 2023

May 18, 2022

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Please save the date for the WCRI 39th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22, 2023, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Arizona. Our two-day program highlights presentations of WCRI's latest research findings while drawing upon the diverse perspectives of highly respected workers' compensation experts and policymakers from across the country.

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2022 WCRI Annual Report Now Online

March 31, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, March 31, 2022 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that its 2022 annual report is available on its website. The report takes a comprehensive look at all of the Institute’s activities in 2021, from the studies that were published to how that research was used by policymakers and other stakeholders.

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Thank You for Attending Our 2022 Conference

March 21, 2022

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Thank you to all those who attended our 38th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference. We hope you enjoyed learning about our latest research, hearing from our well-regarded keynote speakers and panelists, and networking with our diverse attendees. For those unable to attend, below are some video recordings (for members only) and photos from the conference, as well as some of the articles written about the sessions.

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State of the Workers’ Compensation System to Be Discussed at WCRI Conference

March 09, 2022

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​Cambridge, MA, March 9, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that a panel will discuss the state of the workers’ compensation system at the 38th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA.

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Message on Ukraine

March 03, 2022

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We stand with our Ukrainian colleagues, family members, friends, and all Ukrainian people against this brazen act of military aggression in breach of international law and order. We hope de-escalation of violence can be realized soon to save innocent lives and restore peace. #SupportUkraine

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Dr. Sandro Galea to Discuss Short- and Long-Term Consequences of COVID-19 at WCRI Conference

March 03, 2022

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​Cambridge, MA, March 3, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that Dr. Sandro Galea would deliver the keynote address on day two of the 38th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA. Dr. Galea is a well-known physician, epidemiologist, author, dean, and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health.

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WCRI Conference Panel Discusses the Future of the Workplace after COVID-19

February 24, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, February 24, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that a panel will discuss the future of the workplace after COVID-19 at the 38th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA.

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​Preliminary Results from Provider Consolidation Study on the Agenda at 2022 WCRI Conference

February 16, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, February 16, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that preliminary results from the WCRI study Effect of Provider Consolidation on Payments for Medical Care Provided to Workers with Injuries will be shared at the Institute’s 38th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA.

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Should You Attend Our Conference?

February 04, 2022

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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 more than 150 organizations below that are already registered for our 38th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 16 - 17, 2022, in Boston, MA.

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In These Uncertain Times, Count On WCRI’s Annual Conference

January 11, 2022

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In these uncertain times, count on our annual conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, to provide you with a better understanding of the issues, trends, challenges, and opportunities in this rapidly-changing environment. Although this new year seems more daunting than most with a nationwide surge in Omicron-related COVID-19 cases, experts predict the numbers to peak by the end of this month and then plummet just as quickly as they soared. We…

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Happy Holidays from WCRI

January 03, 2022

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As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have made our progress possible. In lieu of sending cards and as the demand for food during the pandemic continues to rise, the Institute has made a donation to The Greater Boston Food Bank, which is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. We value our relationship with you and look…

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Dr. Robert Hartwig to Keynote 2022 WCRI Conference

December 14, 2021

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We are excited to announce that Dr. Robert Hartwig ─ clinical associate professor of finance and director of the Risk and Uncertainty Management Center at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business ─ will keynote WCRI's 38th Annual Workers' Compensation Issues & Research Conference, March 16–17, 2022, in Boston, MA. Dr. Hartwig's presentation will explore the myriad challenges facing the…

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WCRI Research Referenced at Hearing on Louisiana’s Medical Fee Schedule

December 07, 2021

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Findings from WCRI's CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Louisiana, 22nd Edition were referenced by Louisiana State Rep. Larry Frieman, and Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Cates and Assistant Secretary Sheral Kellar at a recent hearing about changing Louisiana’s workers’ compensation medical fee schedule, which has not been updated in 27 years. Rep. Frieman, who is a member of the House Committee on Labor…

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Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Stable in Texas; Lower Than Typical in 18-State Study

November 09, 2021

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​Cambridge, MA, Nov. 9, 2021 – Medical payments per claim with more than seven days of lost time were lower in Texas than the typical state in an 18-state study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Save The Date for WCRI’s 2022 Conference, March 16-17

November 03, 2021

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We look forward to seeing you at WCRI's 38th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA. Please save the date!

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Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Stable in North Carolina, Lower Than the Median in 18-State Study

November 01, 2021

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​Cambridge, MA, Nov. 2, 2021 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days of lost time were fairly stable in North Carolina from 2014 to 2019, with the average payment lower than the median of 18 states studied, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Free WCRI Webinar Discusses Effects of Opioid-Related Policies on Opioid Utilization after Work-Related Injuries

September 30, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, Sept. 30, 2021 — The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a free 45-minute webinar on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss findings from a recent WCRI study Effects of Opioid-Related Policies on Opioid Utilization, Nature of Medical Care, and Duration of Disability.

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Review of cannabis reimbursement by workers’ compensation insurance in the U.S. and Canada

September 22, 2021

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The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently co-authored a new report examining this trend along with officials from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), and the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).

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WCRI’s 2021 Annual Report Now Online

April 20, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, April 20, 2021 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that an online version of its 2021 annual report is available on its website. The report takes a comprehensive look at all of the Institute’s activities in 2020, from the number of studies published to how that research was used by policymakers and other stakeholders.

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Member Spotlight: Loyd Hudson, American Electric Power

July 01, 2022

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Recently, we had the pleasure of talking to one of our members ─ Loyd Hudson of American Electric Power (AEP) ─ about how he came to know WCRI. In his role, Loyd directs, administers, and manages all of AEP’s disability and leave programs, including their workers’ compensation program, for more than 17,500 employees. AEP delivers electricity to more than five million customers in 11 states.

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Using Workers’ Compensation Data and Systems to Evaluate the Impact of COVID-19

February 26, 2022

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Today, WCRI's John Ruser and Olesya Fomenko joined members of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and representatives from several states workers' compensation agencies for a webinar on how workers’ compensation systems are being used to evaluate the impact of COVID-19. Findings from several WCRI studies were shared during the presentation, including: The Early Impact of COVID-19 on Workers’…

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​Registration Now Open for 2022 WCRI Conference

December 02, 2021

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​Cambridge, MA, Dec. 2, 2021―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced registration is now open for the Institute’s 38th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022. This year’s conference is being held in person at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston and the theme is “Emerging and Learning from Disruption.”

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WCRI Webinar to Cover Topical Analgesics, Gabapentinoids

November 01, 2021

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The Workers Compensation Research Institute is hosting a webinar Nov. 18 to discuss its latest research on the growing use of topical analgesics and gabapentinoids to treat injured workers.

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ASCs contribute to increased workers’ compensation payments in Indiana: 6 study findings

October 28, 2021

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Workers' compensation payments are higher in Indiana than most other states, according to the CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Indiana, 22nd Edition and a May 2021 report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

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Thank You for Attending Our 2021 Virtual Conference

March 25, 2021

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Thank you for attending our 37th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, which was held virtually March 23-24, 2021. The post-event feedback has been extremely positive and we could not have been happier with the turnout as registration was by far the highest it has ever been for one of our conferences. We covered many topics, though COVID-19 obviously dominated our discussions. We hope you found the sessions, speakers, and materials…

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Looking ahead to a brand new year

December 29, 2020

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As 2020 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. On behalf of everyone here at WCRI, may your New Year be filled with health and happiness.

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Sneak Peek at 2021 Conference Topics

December 22, 2020

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Just a quick note to let you know we have been busily crafting the agenda for our 37th Annual Issues & Research Conference, which is being held virtually March 23 - 24, 2021. We could not be more excited about the sessions, speakers, and the platform we will be using that will allow you to learn and network with colleagues. As in past years, our annual conference will span two days, but this year’s conference will be virtual and…

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Save the Date! WCRI’s 37th Annual Issues & Research Conference Is Going Virtual March 23 – 24, 2021

September 24, 2020

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We are excited to announce that the 37th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference is going virtual March 23 - 24, 2021. We look forward to the opportunity to share our latest research findings with our global audience. More details to come. If you have any questions, please contact us using the form below.

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CEO John Ruser Participates in COVID-19 Webinar Hosted by Amcomp

June 09, 2020

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WCRI CEO John Ruser joined FLJCC Judge David Langham and Pinnacle Actuarial Resources Principal Timothy Mosler for a FREE webinar hosted by The American Society of Workers' Compensation Professionals (AMCOMP) on June 9 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on workers' compensation claims, the landscape of presumption laws, the health effects of the virus, and more. Click here to register and watch.

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Laure Lame Presents at IAIABC Central States Association Spring Seminar

June 04, 2020

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Today, WCRI Regional Director Laure Lamy shared our research on medical treatment guidelines with those attending The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) Central States Association Spring Seminar.

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FAQ about COVID-19’s Impact on Workers’ Comp

April 29, 2020

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​During this pandemic, many workers (nurses, police, grocery store clerks, transit professionals, etc.) are considered essential, potentially putting them at heightened risk for contracting COVID-19. A key question, of course, is whether a worker who contracts COVID-19 is compensated under workers’ compensation for income loss and medical expenses. Below are some frequently asked questions that get posed to me as president and CEO of…

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Recession, Fear of Job Loss, and Return to Work

March 18, 2020

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With the COVID-19 virus causing economic disruption, we would like to share the findings from a study we published in 2010 that sheds light on how a typical recession affects the return to work of injured workers. The study Recession, Fear of Job Loss, and Return to Work asks: what is the impact of a doubling of the unemployment rate on the probability of longer-term unemployment, defined as being out of work for 2.5 years post-injury?

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Responding to COVID-19

March 16, 2020

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During this difficult time, we wanted to let you know how WCRI is responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) so we can continue providing you with the high-quality, credible, and objective research you need to make better decisions about state workers' compensation systems.

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Photos & Press From Our 2020 Conference

March 10, 2020

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Thank you to all those who attended our 36th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2020 in Boston, MA. Click here to see some photos from the conference, which are displayed on our Facebook page. Below is some of the press coverage the conference received. More articles will be added as they are published.

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Two Days to Go

March 03, 2020

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More than 400 people are headed to Boston this week for WCRI's 36th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6. If you haven't registered already, below are three reasons to attend this leading workers' compensation forum. We also wanted to inform those who are attending or considering attending that we issued a statement on our blog about the coronavirus that includes important safety measures.

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WCRI Update on the Coronavirus

March 02, 2020

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Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has publicly deemed the health risk of the coronavirus for the general American public to be low at this time, we are proceeding with WCRI's 36th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2020, in Boston, MA.

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People Are Talking About WCRI’s 2020 Conference

February 19, 2020

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If you haven't registered yet, you only have two weeks left to join the over 400 people from more than 150 organizations heading to Boston for WCRI's 36th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6. In the news and on social media, people are talking about the interesting speakers, thought-provoking topics, and objective research that characterizes this leading workers' compensation forum. These are some of the articles…

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Start off 2020 Right!

January 07, 2020

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Happy New Year! The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a resolution. Start off 2020 right: Resolve to gain new insights and a better understanding of key trends in today's workers' compensation environment by attending WCRI's 36th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, in Boston, MA.

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Who Should Attend WCRI’s 2020 Conference?

January 02, 2020

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A question we often get is who should attend WCRI's 36th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2020, in Boston, MA? 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 following organizations that have already registered...

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Reflecting on the Past Year (2019)

December 30, 2019

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As 2019 comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on the studies we published, the impact they had, and what made it all possible ─ YOU. In lieu of sending cards, we are making a donation to Kids' Chance of America, which provides educational opportunities and scholarships for the children of workers seriously injured or killed on the job. From all of us at WCRI, may your New Year be filled with peace and prosperity. We look forward…

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2020 WCRI Conference the Greenest Ever

December 10, 2019

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The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that its 36th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5 and 6, 2020, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, will be the greenest ever.

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No Stuffing at WCRI’s 2020 Conference

December 02, 2019

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and one thing we are thankful for is the generous support we receive for our research through data, funding, and expertise. We also want to remind you to enjoy your Thanksgiving stuffing because there will not be any at WCRI's 36th Annual Workers' Compensation Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2020, in Boston, MA.

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WCRI to Share Preliminary Research on Readmission and Reoperation Rates among Workers’ Compensation Patients at 2020 Conference

November 13, 2019

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The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that their 36th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5 and 6, 2020, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA, will feature a session on readmission and reoperation rates among workers’ compensation patients.

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Sneak Peek at WCRI’s 2020 Conference Program

October 15, 2019

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Earlier this month, we shared with you that Jennifer Deal, a featured speaker at our annual conference, will discuss her research on generational differences and their impact on the workplace and workers' compensation. As we further develop the program for our 36th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5 and 6, 2020, in Boston, MA, here is a sneak peek at some of the other topics we are going to delve into...

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Centers of Excellence Expanding in WC, Expert Suggests

October 11, 2019

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“It is likely that more and different types of Centers of Excellence (CsOE) will emerge in workers' compensation, and you might be asked to be a part of [them], as a care provider or asked to regulate them,” said Dr. Randall Lea. An orthopedic surgeon by trade, Lea is a senior research fellow at the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

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Research Spotlight: Non-Pharmacologic Services for Pain Management in Workers’ Compensation

September 24, 2019

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Opioid dispensing to workers injured on the job has decreased substantially in recent years in all 27 state workers’ compensation systems studied, according to a WCRI report, Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition. Increases in non-opioid pain medications did not fully offset these decreases. As a result, the percentage of workers’ compensation claims with pain medication decreased in each of the 27 study…

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Hurricane Dorian

September 05, 2019

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Our thoughts are with all those – including our WCRI colleagues and members – who are in the path of Hurricane Dorian. Please stay safe!

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Examining State Variations in Opioid Dispensation with WCRI’s Dr. Vennela Thumula

August 30, 2019

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Efforts to track opioid dispensation across the nation show many state workers’ compensation systems produce significantly varied data. What factors are currently at play in these state-to-state differences? Returning guest Dr. Vennela Thumula joins Work Comp Matters host Alan Pierce to discuss the study she co-authored, Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition. Dr. Thumula describes the research questions addressed in…

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WCRI Finds Little Connection Between Provider Pay, Worker Outcomes

August 09, 2019

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Paying medical providers more to treat injured workers doesn’t substantially improve worker outcomes, but it does seem to increase the amount of care provided, according to a study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

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Infographic - Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition

August 01, 2019

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Take a look at this infographic created for a new WCRI study Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition, which examines the prevalence and trends in dispensing of opioids in 27 state workers' compensation systems.

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Podcast: Health Insurance and Outcomes of Injured Workers

August 01, 2019

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In this episode of Work Comp Matters, Dr. Bogdan Sayvch was interviewed about his study Health Insurance and Outcomes of Injured Workers by host Alan Pierce. During the podcast, Bogdan discusses how the study was conducted and how workers’ access to personal health insurance coverage affects the care they receive after an injury on the job.

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WCRI Research Mentioned in Press Release by Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

July 24, 2019

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WCRI's research (CompScope™ Benchmarks for Wisconsin, 19th Edition) was mentioned in a press release by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) to explain a decrease in workers' compensation rates.​

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Save the Date: 2020 Annual WCRI Conference

July 24, 2019

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Please save the date for the WCRI 36th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5 and 6, 2020, in Boston, MA. Our two-day program highlights presentations of WCRI's latest research findings while drawing upon the diverse perspectives of highly respected workers' compensation experts and policymakers from across the country.

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WCRI Research Featured on Home Page of the National Bureau of Economic Research

July 19, 2019

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A paper by WCRI economist and author Dr. Olesya Fomenko on "Reclassification to Avoid Consumer Cost-Sharing in Group Health Plans" is featured on the home page of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Click here to read more.

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Two WCRI drug studies mentioned in today’s WorkCompCentral

July 16, 2019

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Two WCRI drug studies (WCRI FlashReport — Interstate Variation and Trends in Workers’ Compensation Drug Payments: 2015Q1 to 2018Q1, and Longer-Term Dispensing of Opioids, 4th Edition) were mentioned in the lead article (Pain Doc Blames WC Laws for Contributing to Opioid Crisis) in WorkCompCentral​ this morning.

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Ramona Tanabe spotlighted in The Standard ─ New England’s Insurance Weekly.

July 13, 2019

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Ramona Tanabe, executive vice president and counsel at WCRI, is spotlighted in this week’s edition of The Standard ─ New England's Insurance Weekly. Ramona along with other women in the New England area ─ all of whom were nominated and chosen to be in this special focus/section ─ were asked to reflect on their roles in the insurance industry. The introduction to the special section, which is worth the read, begins on page 8 and…

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Member Spotlight: Bill Londrigan, Kentucky AFL-CIO

July 03, 2019

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Recently we had the pleasure of talking to one of our members ─ Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky AFL-CIO ─ about how he came to know WCRI. Bill has been president of the state’s largest labor organization since 1999. Before becoming state AFL-CIO president, he was secretary-treasurer-business manager of the Greater Louisville Building and Construction Trades Council and a delegate to the Greater Louisville Central Labor…

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Putting Workers Comp Policies Under the Microscope

June 03, 2019

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In this informative and entertaining podcast, Ramona Tanabe discusses WCRI’s work and shares some of the most interesting trends her organization is seeing in the field today with host Alan Pierce.

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Over 1,000 Registrants for Our Joint Webinar with NIOSH

April 18, 2019

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Thank you to the over 1,000 people who registered for our joint webinar with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today on research and efforts to address the opioid crisis. We would also like to thank NIOSH for their support of our research and for hosting today's webinar. An archived version of the presentation will be available on their website soon so make sure to check it next week:…

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Rx Opioid Side Effects on Workforce Participation

April 05, 2019

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The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) posted a short video on their blog that includes findings from our study The Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability. Click here to watch the video.

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WCRI’s 2019 Annual Report Now Online

March 28, 2019

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Cambridge, MA, March 28, 2019 ― The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) has released an online version of its 2019 Annual Report. The report takes a comprehensive look at all of the Institute’s activities in 2018. It begins with a letter from WCRI CEO John Ruser comparing the Institute now with 35 years ago.

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Alan Krueger, Prominent Princeton Economist, Passes Away

March 18, 2019

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All of us at WCRI are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Princeton Professor Alan Krueger. We were honored to have Alan as the keynote speaker at our annual workers' compensation conference a little more than two weeks ago.

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Ramona Tanabe Discusses Benefit Adequacy on “The Hot Seat”

March 08, 2019

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Today, WCRI's EVP and Counsel Ramona Tanabe joined Paul Sighinolfi of Ametros, Bob Wilson of WorkersCompensation.com, and Judge David Langham of the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims on “The Hot Seat" for a discussion about benefit adequacy in workers' compensation. Click here to learn more about the webinar as well as to watch a replay.

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Providing Testimony to the Pennsylvania House Labor & Industry Committee

March 07, 2019

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Today, our CEO John Ruser was invited to provide testimony to the Pennsylvania House Labor & Industry Committee drug prescribing in workers' compensation. He shared findings from various WCRI studies regarding physician dispensing, opioid prescribing, and compounding. Click on the video below to watch.

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Another Successful Conference

March 06, 2019

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For the eighth year in a row, registration increased at WCRI's 35th Annual Issues & Research Conference, February 28 and March 1 in Phoenix, AZ. We would like to thank all our attendees and speakers for making this year's conference our best yet. Photos from all three days of the conference may be viewed on our Facebook Page. Although not a comprehensive list, below are some of the many articles and blog posts written about the…

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Conference Session ─ State of the States: Selective Findings

February 14, 2019

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One session we haven't talked about yet ─and you don't want to miss ─ is our State of the States session. It features selective findings and trends seen across WCRI's core benchmark studies, including our 18-State CompScope™ Benchmarks reports, a multi-state benchmarking program that measures the performance of a growing number of state workers’ compensation systems.

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Conference Session - Innovative Employer Ideas

January 17, 2019

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We are less than two months away from WCRI's 35th Annual Issues & Research Conference, February 28 and March 1, in Phoenix, AZ. If you haven't registered yet, don't miss this opportunity to elevate your career, expand your knowledge, and network with the 100+ organizations already attending.

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Member Spotlight: Frank McKay, Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation

January 11, 2019

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Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of our members—Frank McKay, chairman of the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation—about how he came to know WCRI. As chairman, Judge McKay also serves as the State Board's Chief Appellate Court Judge. Judge McKay came to the State Board of Workers' Compensation as chairman in 2013 from private practice where he concentrated in workers' compensation…

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Who Should Attend WCRI’s Annual Conference?

January 09, 2019

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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 nearly 200 organizations below that are already registered for our 35th Annual Issues & Research Conference, Feb. 28 and March 1, in Phoenix, AZ.

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Start off 2019 Right by Attending WCRI’s Annual Conference

January 08, 2019

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Happy New Year! The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a resolution. Start off 2019 right: Resolve to gain new insights and a better understanding of key trends in today's complex environment by attending WCRI's 35th Annual Issues & Research Conference, February 28 and March 1, in Phoenix, AZ .

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Reflecting on the past year

December 31, 2018

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As 2018 comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on the studies we published, the impact those studies had, and what made it all possible─YOU.

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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…

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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 04, 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 &…

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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 09, 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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