News & Events

Prices Paid for Injured Workers’ Medical Care in 35 States Examined in WCRI Study

June 14, 2018

Prices Paid for Injured Workers’ Medical Care in 35 States Examined in WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, June 14, 2018― As policymakers and system stakeholders in many states debate rising medical costs, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new study today that helps monitor changes in prices paid for medical professional services as well as the impact of fee schedule and network changes on price trends.

Read the full article

Average Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Tennessee Lower Compared with Other Study States, Finds WCRI Study

June 7, 2018

Average Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Tennessee Lower Compared with Other Study States, Finds WCRI Study image

​Cambridge, MA, June 7, 2018 – The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Tennessee decreased 6 percent in 2015, reflecting in part the impact of reforms enacted in 2013, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study.

Read the full article

Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Costs per Claim Higher Than Other States and Growing Faster Than Many, WCRI Study Finds

May 31, 2018

Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Costs per Claim Higher Than Other States and Growing Faster Than Many, WCRI Study Finds image

​Cambridge, MA, May 31, 2018 – Workers’ compensation total costs per claim in Louisiana were the highest in a recent study of 18 states conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

Average Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim Changed Little in Indiana Since a 2013 Reform Law Took Effect, WCRI Study Finds

May 24, 2018

Average Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim Changed Little in Indiana Since a 2013 Reform Law Took Effect, WCRI Study Finds image

Cambridge, MA, May 24, 2018―The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana was stable in the years since the state enacted workers’ compensation system reforms, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study.

Read the full article

Recorded Webinar: Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability

May 23, 2018

Recorded Webinar: Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability image

In this recorded webinar, Dr. Bogdan Savych discussed the findings from a recently published WCRI study The Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability. 

Read the full article

Illinois’ Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim Grew 1 To 3 Percent Annually In Recent Years, WCRI Study Finds

May 22, 2018

Illinois’ Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim Grew 1 To 3 Percent Annually In Recent Years, WCRI Study Finds image

​Cambridge, MA, May 22, 2018 – The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois grew annually anywhere from 1 to 3 percent since 2012, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

Significant Decrease in Physician-Dispensed Drugs after Pennsylvania Reforms, New WCRI Study Finds

May 17, 2018

Significant Decrease in Physician-Dispensed Drugs after Pennsylvania Reforms, New WCRI Study Finds image

​Cambridge, MA, May 17, 2018 — Two years after the passage of House Bill 1846, the frequency and cost share of physician-dispensed drugs decreased considerably in Pennsylvania in line with the aims of the legislation, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) titled Monitoring Physician Dispensing Reforms in Pennsylvania.

Read the full article

Member Spotlight: Stephanie Bloomingdale, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

May 15, 2018

Member Spotlight: Stephanie Bloomingdale, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO image

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.

Read the full article

Florida Workers’ Compensation Costs per Claim Grew Moderately From 2011 to 2016, Finds WCRI Study

May 10, 2018

Florida Workers’ Compensation Costs per Claim Grew Moderately From 2011 to 2016, Finds WCRI Study image

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Florida has grown moderately in recent years, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). All of the key components of total costs per claim experienced moderate increases from 2011 to 2016 in Florida.

Read the full article

House Committee on Education & the Workforce discusses opioids and federal employees

May 9, 2018

House Committee on Education & the Workforce discusses opioids and federal employees image

As federal, state and local authorities continue to search for a solution, many organizations are providing invaluable insights to help combat the crisis. The Workers Compensation Research Insitute (WCRI), a not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, Mass., is an example of just that.

Read the full article

Opioid Addiction by Federal Workers Examined by House Panel

May 8, 2018

Opioid Addiction by Federal Workers Examined by House Panel image

“We found 20 percent or higher reductions in the average amount of opioids dispensed to injured workers in 15 of the 26 states in the study,” Ramona Tanabe, the group’s vice president, told the panel. That’s because many states are taking action to reduce the use of opioids, including by limiting initial prescriptions and offering alternative treatments for pain caused by workplace injuries, Tanabe said.

Read the full article

U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Invites WCRI to Testify at Hearing on Opioid Epidemic

May 7, 2018

U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Invites WCRI to Testify at Hearing on Opioid Epidemic image

On Tuesday, the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s Executive Vice President and Counsel Ramona Tanabe will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on the Institute’s latest opioid research.

Read the full article

Average Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim in California Stabilized after Major Reforms Took Effect in 2013, Finds WCRI

May 1, 2018

Average Total Cost per Workers’ Compensation Claim in California  Stabilized after Major Reforms Took Effect in 2013, Finds WCRI image

Cambridge, MA, May 3, 2018 – The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in California remained stable since the enactment of comprehensive reforms five years ago, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

Gov. Wolf not backing a bill to limit workman’s comp opioid prescriptions

April 25, 2018

Gov. Wolf not backing a bill to limit workman’s comp opioid prescriptions image

Injured workers in the commonwealth sure seem hooked. A study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows Pennsylvania is second only to Louisiana in the number of opioids prescribed to those hurt on the job.

Read the full article

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

April 23, 2018

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

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.

Read the full article

Workers comp prescribing rule change awaits governor’s decision

April 22, 2018

Workers comp prescribing rule change awaits governor’s decision image

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf has yet to decide whether to sign or veto legislation that supporters say would make it less likely that people getting health care covered by workers compensation become addicted.

Read the full article

Reducing opioid use requires multi-pronged approach

April 18, 2018

Reducing opioid use requires multi-pronged approach image

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.

Read the full article

WCRI Releases National Inventory of Cost Containment Initiatives

April 9, 2018

WCRI Releases National Inventory of Cost Containment Initiatives image

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.

Read the full article

Long-term opioid use significantly delays return to work, workers’ comp study shows

April 4, 2018

Long-term opioid use significantly delays return to work, workers’ comp study shows image

Cambridge, MA — A Workers Compensation Research Institute study of workers with low-back injuries shows those who receive longer-term prescriptions for opioid painkillers take significantly longer to return to work than those who are not prescribed opioids.

Read the full article

Thank you!

March 26, 2018

Thank you! image

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!

Read the full article

Our Conference Is Still On!

March 20, 2018

Our Conference Is Still On! image

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. 

Read the full article

Member Spotlight: Artemis Emslie, myMatrixx

March 20, 2018

Member Spotlight: Artemis Emslie, myMatrixx image

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). 

Read the full article

Study links longer-term opioid prescriptions to more time off work

March 15, 2018

Study links longer-term opioid prescriptions to more time off work image

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.

Read the full article

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

March 13, 2018

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

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.”

Read the full article

Two Weeks Left

March 6, 2018

Two Weeks Left image

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.

Read the full article

Longer-Term Opioid Prescribing Increases Time Away from Work for Injured Workers, Finds New WCRI Study

March 6, 2018

Longer-Term Opioid Prescribing Increases Time Away from Work for Injured Workers, Finds New WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, March 8, 2018 – 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 the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Temporary disability is time that workers spend away from work recovering from their work-related injuries.  

Read the full article

Should we hold a seat for you?

March 1, 2018

Should we hold a seat for you? image

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.

Read the full article

WCRI Conference Delves into the Future of Work and the Impact It Will Have on Workers’ Compensation

February 27, 2018

WCRI Conference Delves into the Future of Work and the Impact It Will Have on Workers’ Compensation image

Cambridge, MA, Feb. 27, 2018 – A distinguished panel at the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22-23, 2018, in Boston, MA, will help the audience look ahead at the fast-changing world of work and the implications of this change for workers' compensation. 

Read the full article

No Fillers

February 22, 2018

No Fillers image

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. 

Read the full article

Formulary May Reduce Prescription Drug Costs for Louisiana State Employees, Finds WCRI Study

February 16, 2018

Formulary May Reduce Prescription Drug Costs for  Louisiana State Employees, Finds WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, Feb. 20, 2018―A new FlashReport from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds that a Texas-like formulary for Louisiana state employees may reduce prescription drug costs by 4 to 28 percent depending on prescribers’ response to the formulary. This would have resulted in a savings of $322 thousand to $2.3 million over the 18-month study period, January 2016 through June 2017.

Read the full article

Who Should Attend WCRI’s Annual Conference?

February 16, 2018

Who Should Attend WCRI’s Annual Conference? image

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.

Read the full article

People Are Talking

February 15, 2018

People Are Talking image

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.

Read the full article

Workers’ comp reform measure in Pa. House hits wall in partisan dispute over medication formularies

February 9, 2018

Workers’ comp reform measure in Pa. House hits wall in partisan dispute over medication formularies image

Citing a report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute, Mackenzie said that injured workers in Pennsylvania currently get the second-highest amount of opioid prescriptions in the U.S.

Read the full article

WCRI 34th Annual Conference - March 2018

February 9, 2018

WCRI 34th Annual Conference - March 2018 image

In March, the Workers' Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will produce its 34th Annual Issues and Research Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The last time I attended, the town was covered with snow and some sidewalks were impassable as they strove to pile and store it. I am hopeful that 2018 will offer a warmer, more welcoming climate. I will speak on a panel this year, titled "The World of Work is Changing - Fast. Are you Prepared?" It will be Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:05, and will be the climactic conclusion to the two-day event. 

Read the full article

WCRI 2018 in 5 Words: ‘Providing New Insights from Research’

February 9, 2018

WCRI 2018 in 5 Words: ‘Providing New Insights from Research’ image

Fast forward to 2018: It's time to talk turkey on what this 34th conference year is all about. WorkersCompensation.com caught up with Dr. Ruser to talk about just that.

Read the full article

Rousmaniere: Speaking for the Injured Worker

February 7, 2018

Rousmaniere: Speaking for the Injured Worker image

The workers' comp industry is discovering anew the injured worker. Using the term “claims advocacy,” claims professionals say they want to anticipate and support the injured worker as she tries to navigate the medical system, keep her home life in order, and return to work. This is a welcome shift from a reactive to a proactive approach in managing claims.

Read the full article

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

February 6, 2018

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

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. 

Read the full article

Opinion: Here’s why a worker’s comp reform bill will help fight the opioid crisis

January 30, 2018

Opinion: Here’s why a worker’s comp reform bill will help fight the opioid crisis image

There is unmistakable evidence that this bill is good policy. In Ohio, when that state's workers' compensation system adopted a similar drug formulary, the use of opioids dropped by 29 percent in four years.

Read the full article

​House panel reports out drug formulary bill

January 25, 2018

​House panel reports out drug formulary bill image

“A June 2017 study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute studied non-surgical claims in 26 states, representing two-thirds of the workers’ compensation claims paid nationwide (finding) Pennsylvania is the second-highest state in the amount of opioids per claim (at 258 pills per claim), 87 percent higher than the median state,” said House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny.

Read the full article

Speaker Turzai, House Republicans continue to attack the opioid crisis

January 24, 2018

Speaker Turzai, House Republicans continue to attack the opioid crisis image

According to a 2017 study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, Pennsylvania is the second highest state in the number of opioids per claim, 87 percent higher than the median state. It also found Pennsylvania is the second highest state in the number of opioid pills per claim, at 258 pills, and the second highest state in the opioid dosage per pill, at 10.2 mg.

Read the full article

Does Medical Marijuana Shift Prescription Drug Spending?

January 23, 2018

Does Medical Marijuana Shift Prescription Drug Spending? image

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. 

Read the full article

Workers’ compensation insurance rates continue to fall for California employers

January 22, 2018

Workers’ compensation insurance rates continue to fall for California employers image

From 2012 to 2016, the average medical payment decreased 3 percent per year for claims that were 12 months or older. More mature claims, 36 months or older, decreased 4 percent per year during the same time, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), an independent, nonprofit research organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Read the full article

Recorded - WCRI Webinar Examines Hospital Reimbursement in Several States

January 18, 2018

Recorded - WCRI Webinar Examines Hospital Reimbursement in Several States image

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.

Read the full article

Paduda: WCRI [conference] is just around the corner

January 16, 2018

Paduda: WCRI [conference] is just around the corner image

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…

Read the full article

Start off 2018 right!

January 9, 2018

Start off 2018 right! image

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.

Read the full article

Happy New Year from WCRI!

December 29, 2017

Happy New Year from WCRI! image

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.

Read the full article

Statement From Senator Frank Lasee on New Position Appointment

December 26, 2017

Statement From Senator Frank Lasee on New Position Appointment image

​MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) - Today, State Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), issued the following statement regarding Governor Walker appointing State Senator Lasee to serve as the Division Administrator for Worker’s Compensation in the Department of Workforce Development:

Read the full article

Member Spotlight: Steve Perroots, Marriott International, Inc.

December 20, 2017

Member Spotlight: Steve Perroots, Marriott International, Inc. image

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.

Read the full article

Michigan Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim among Lowest in Recent WCRI Study

December 14, 2017

Michigan Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim among Lowest in Recent WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, Dec. 14, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Michigan were among the lowest of 18 state workers’ compensation systems analyzed in a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

Who Is Ready for Value-Based Care?

December 12, 2017

Who Is Ready for Value-Based Care? image

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.

Read the full article

​Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Grew About 3 Percent Each Year in Illinois

December 7, 2017

​Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Grew About 3 Percent Each Year in Illinois image

Cambridge, MA, Dec. 7, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois grew 3.1 percent per year on average from 2012 through 2015, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

North Carolina Sees Recent 6 Percent per Year Decrease in Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim

November 30, 2017

North Carolina Sees Recent 6 Percent per Year Decrease in Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim image

Cambridge, MA, Nov. 30, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina decreased 6 percent per year from 2013 through 2015, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). That decrease was more than all other states studied.

Read the full article

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

November 28, 2017

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

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.

Read the full article

Meeting will assess impact of opioids in Idaho workplaces

November 24, 2017

Meeting will assess impact of opioids in Idaho workplaces image

Physicians have taken steps to limit prescription drug abuse. The average amount of opioids dispensed to injured workers declined from 2010 and 2013 over two years following the injury, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute. Fitzgerald said police report that heroin is a bigger problem in Idaho than prescription drugs. Many prescription drug users turn to heroin because it is less expensive.

Read the full article

Lawmaker Wants All Providers Registered In State’s Drug Database

November 22, 2017

Lawmaker Wants All Providers Registered In State’s Drug Database image

Research says KASPER has cut down on inappropriate opioid prescriptions in certain populations. According to a recent review of workers’ compensation claims by the independent Workers Compensation Research Institute, the number of workers with comp claims given opioids decreased from 54 percent to 44 percent after checks became mandatory.

Read the full article

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

November 21, 2017

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

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.

Read the full article

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

November 21, 2017

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

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.

Read the full article

Florida Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Stabilized After Years of Moderate Growth

November 16, 2017

Florida Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim  Stabilized After Years of Moderate Growth image

Cambridge, MA, Nov. 16, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Florida remained stable in 2015 following moderate growth from 2010 through 2014, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

Delaware Fee Schedule Changes Examined in New WCRI Study

November 14, 2017

Delaware Fee Schedule Changes Examined in New WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, Nov. 14, 2017―A new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), Evaluation of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Fee Schedule Changes in Delaware, 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. 

Read the full article

California Sees Steady Decrease in Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim

November 9, 2017

California Sees Steady Decrease in Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim image

​Cambridge, MA, Nov. 9, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days lost time in California have decreased steadily since the enactment of reform legislation in 2013, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

Former Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to Open 2018 WCRI Conference

November 7, 2017

Former Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to Open 2018 WCRI Conference image

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.

Read the full article

Wisconsin Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Higher Than Typical; Growing at a Slower Rate, But Still Faster Than Most Study States

November 2, 2017

Wisconsin Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Higher Than Typical; Growing at a Slower Rate, But Still Faster Than Most Study States image

This WCRI study, CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Wisconsin, 18th Edition, examined the costs, prices, and utilization of workers’ compensation medical care in Wisconsin in comparison with 17 states.

Read the full article

Key Metrics and Performance of New York Workers’  Compensation System Tracked in New WCRI Study

October 30, 2017

Key Metrics and Performance of New York Workers’  Compensation System Tracked in New WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, October 30, 2017―The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new tool today for policymakers and system stakeholders to track the performance of the New York workers’ compensation system.

Read the full article

Study: Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Decrease

October 26, 2017

Study: Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Decrease image

A study by the Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute says medical payments per workers' compensation claim in Indiana have decreased for the first time in more than 10 years. The study says the decrease, recorded from 2014 to 2015, was the largest of the 18 states evaluated.

Read the full article

Indiana Sees First Decline in a Decade in Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim, Finds WCRI Study

October 26, 2017

Indiana Sees First Decline in a Decade in Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim, Finds WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, Oct. 26, 2017―Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana decreased from 2014 to 2015 for the first time in more than a decade, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

Some State Policy Changes Decreased Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim, Finds New WCRI Studies

October 19, 2017

Some State Policy Changes Decreased Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim, Finds New WCRI Studies  image

Cambridge, MA, Oct. 19, 2017 – Several states have seen decreases in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim, according to a series of new studies by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

Showdown on workers comp comes as companies see major savings

October 16, 2017

Showdown on workers comp comes as companies see major savings  image

The latest report from the Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute, for example, found that among the states it reviewed, Wisconsin: *has a shorter duration in temporary disability benefits employees receive, indicating that workers get back on the job faster; *has lower rates of lawyers being involved in workers' compensation claims; *is one of the states with the lowest medical care utilization rates, which means employees needed fewer doctor visits and received fewer services per visit; *and had high rates of worker satisfaction with their care. 

Read the full article

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

October 13, 2017

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

Cambridge, MA, October 12, 2017—The various design choices of fee schedule regulations and their impact on variation in medical payments across state workers’ compensation systems will be discussed during an hour-long webinar by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at 12 noon ET (11 a.m. CT, 10 a.m. MT, and 9 a.m. PT).

Read the full article

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

October 12, 2017

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

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.

Read the full article

A Discussion Worth Watching

October 5, 2017

A Discussion Worth Watching image

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. 

Read the full article

The Workforce’s Hidden Addicts

September 29, 2017

The Workforce’s Hidden Addicts image

The nationwide opioid addiction epidemic is seeping into the workplace but hard to detect and deal with. Meanwhile, its potential impact on the labor force is staggering.

Read the full article

It’s Prime’s time: Occupational medicine business plans moves to New Orleans, Texas

September 24, 2017

It’s Prime’s time: Occupational medicine business plans moves to New Orleans, Texas image

Although work-related injuries and illnesses in Louisiana dropped 35 percent from 2005 to 2015, the costs of injuries that force employees to miss more than seven days of work were both higher and grew faster than in most other states. A report from the Workers' Compensation Research Institute shows in those instances, total costs per claim in Louisiana averaged more than $30,000 for a 12-month period.

Read the full article

We Hope You Had A Great Summer!

September 21, 2017

We Hope You Had A Great Summer! image

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. 

Read the full article

Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Opioid Research

September 7, 2017

Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Opioid Research image

Cambridge, MA, August 30, 2017 —The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. MT, and 11 a.m. PT) to discuss its latest research on interstate variations and trends in the prescribing of opioids for workplace injuries

Read the full article

Recorded - Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Opioid Research

September 7, 2017

Recorded - Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Opioid Research image

This webinar discusses WCRI's latest research on interstate variations and trends in the prescribing of opioids for workplace injuries. It was recorded on Sept. 28, 2017. Authors Dongchun Wang and Vennela Thumula discussed findings from the following studies and took audience questions...

Read the full article

Doctors keep dispensing despite reforms

September 6, 2017

Doctors keep dispensing despite reforms image

Business Insurance | By Louise Esola | 9/4/2017

States that enacted reforms to rein in the high cost of drugs dispensed by physicians to injured workers face an uphill battle as some doctors find loopholes in the regulations.

Read the full article

Employers Do to Fight the Opioid Epidemic?

September 5, 2017

Employers Do to Fight the Opioid Epidemic? image

Opioid prescriptions have nearly quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the drugs help people manage pain, they are also addictive. Eight to 12 percent of opioid users develop an opioid use disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Read the full article

Study: Fewer Injured Workers Prescribed Opioids After Kentucky Reforms

August 30, 2017

Study: Fewer Injured Workers Prescribed Opioids After Kentucky Reforms image

Kentucky Public Radio | By Lisa Gillespie | August 29, 2017

Workers injured on the job received fewer prescription opioids after landmark legislation passed in Kentucky that set up a drug monitoring database, according to a new study out Tuesday.

Read the full article

Opioids Dispensed to Kentucky Injured Workers Reduced Immediately Post-HB 1, Finds New WCRI Study

August 29, 2017

Opioids Dispensed to Kentucky Injured Workers Reduced Immediately Post-HB 1, Finds New WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA – August 29, 2017 – Fewer injured workers in Kentucky with pain medications received opioids, and they received smaller amounts on average after the implementation of Kentucky’s House Bill (HB) 1, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). 

Read the full article

Addressing the Physician Dispensing Challenge

August 24, 2017

Addressing the Physician Dispensing Challenge image

​Risk & Insurance | By Katie Kuehner-Hebert | August 24, 2017

Although many states have enacted regulations to curb physician dispensing, doctors are finding ways to get around restrictions — driving up costs for workers’ compensation systems.

Read the full article

Giving Back

August 21, 2017

Giving Back image

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.  ‬

Read the full article

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

August 9, 2017

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

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.

Read the full article

Longer-Term Dispensing of Opioids to Injured Workers Decreased in Several States, Says New WCRI Study

August 3, 2017

Longer-Term Dispensing of Opioids to Injured Workers  Decreased in Several States, Says New WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, August 3, 2017―As states institute numerous opioid policies and initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) observed considerable decreases in the prevalence of longer-term dispensing of opioids to injured workers in a number of states studied. 

Read the full article

New WCRI Study Helps Policymakers Monitor Changes in Prices Paid for Medical Care of Injured Workers in 31 States

July 27, 2017

New WCRI Study Helps Policymakers Monitor Changes in  Prices Paid for Medical Care of Injured Workers in 31 States image

Cambridge, MA, July 27, 2017―As policymakers and system stakeholders in many states debate rising medical costs, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new study today that helps monitor changes in prices paid for medical professional services as well as the impact of fee schedule and network changes on price trends. 

Read the full article

The opioid crisis is creating a fresh hell for America’s employers

July 26, 2017

The opioid crisis is creating a fresh hell for America’s employers image

LinkedIn | By Chip Cutter, Managing editor at LinkedIn | July 26, 2017

Clyde McClellan used to require a drug test before people could work at his Ohio pottery company, which produces 2,500 hand-cast coffee mugs a day for Starbucks and others.

Now, he skips the tests and finds it more efficient to flat-out ask applicants: “What are you on?”

Read the full article

Updating Massachusetts Legislators on Our Latest Opioid Research

July 25, 2017

Updating Massachusetts Legislators on Our Latest Opioid Research image

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....

Read the full article

Free Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Worker Outcomes Research

July 19, 2017

Free Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Worker Outcomes Research image

Cambridge, MA, July 19, 2017 — The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will be hosting a free 45-minute webinar on its most recent research on outcomes for injured workers on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 2pm ET (1pm CT; 12pm MT; 11am PT).

Read the full article

Recorded - Free Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Worker Outcomes Research

July 17, 2017

Recorded - Free Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Worker Outcomes Research image

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) hosted a free 45-minute webinar on its most recent research on outcomes for injured workers on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Click here to watch the recording.

Read the full article

Opioid prescription numbers for injured workers plummet

July 17, 2017

Opioid prescription numbers for injured workers plummet image

Addiction Now | By Dave Lambert | July 17, 2017

The number of painkilling opioids handed out to injured workers in the U.S. has seen a major drop — but remains dangerously high in some states.

Read the full article

Measuring the Adequacy of Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Michigan, 2004-2008

July 14, 2017

Measuring the Adequacy of Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Michigan, 2004-2008 image

LexisNexis | By James J. Ranta, Esq. | 07-14-2017

The recent study by Mr. Bogdan Savych and Mr. H. Alan Hunt, Adequacy of Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits in Michigan, sought to determine how total income received by workers after an injury compared with the total income workers could have received had they not experienced an injury. 

Read the full article

Workers comp outperforms nation in reducing opioid prescribing

July 12, 2017

Workers comp outperforms nation in reducing opioid prescribing image

Business Insurance | Louise Esola  | 7/12/2017 7:22:00 AM

An examination of opioid prescribing in workers compensation when compared to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show that entities in charge of treating injured workers are doing a better job at reducing the prescribing of powerful painkillers. 

Read the full article

Column: In Illinois workers’ compensation battle, business can’t stay on sidelines

July 11, 2017

Column: In Illinois workers’ compensation battle, business can’t stay on sidelines image

Chicago Tribune | By Robert Reed | July 11, 2017

An area of possible bipartisan reform in Illinois has gone down in flames — a victim of the budget battle — so the state is stuck with a workers' compensation plan that businesses, especially small companies, love to hate.

Read the full article

A Mixed Bottle: Price-Focused Reforms Reduced Prices for Physician-Dispensed Drugs in Some Post-Reform States but Not All, Finds New WCRI Study

July 11, 2017

A Mixed Bottle: Price-Focused Reforms Reduced Prices for Physician-Dispensed  Drugs in Some Post-Reform States but Not All, Finds New WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, July 11, 2017―With many states making changes to rules governing reimbursement for physician-dispensed pharmaceuticals, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a study today that sheds a light on the impact of price-focused reforms on the frequency and costs of physician-dispensed prescriptions. The study compares the experience in post-reform states with states where there were no reforms or where only pre-reform experience was observed. 

Read the full article

CT hospital outpatient payments fell 14% in 2015 after policy change, report finds

July 5, 2017

CT hospital outpatient payments fell 14% in 2015 after policy change, report finds image

Hartford Business Journal | By John Stearns | July 5, 2017

The average hospital outpatient payment per surgery decreased in Connecticut by about 14 percent from 2014 to 2015 after the state adopted a fee schedule for hospital and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), according to a new study from the Cambridge, Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute.

Read the full article

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

July 5, 2017

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

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.

Read the full article

Hospital Outpatient Payments per Episode Higher and Growing Faster in States with Percent-of-Charge-Based Fee Regulations or No Fee Schedules, Finds New WCRI Study

June 29, 2017

Hospital Outpatient Payments per Episode Higher and Growing Faster in States with Percent-of-Charge-Based Fee Regulations or No Fee Schedules, Finds New WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, June 29, 2017―Hospital outpatient payments were higher and growing faster in states with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations or no fee schedules, finds a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study is an annual series that compares hospital payments for a group of common outpatient surgeries in workers’ compensation across 35 states, representing 88 percent of the workers’ compensation benefits paid in the United States. This study also monitors the trends within each state from 2005 to 2015. 

Read the full article

Prescription Opioid Use among Injured Workers Decreased In Many States, But Not All, Finds New WCRI Study

June 26, 2017

Prescription Opioid Use among Injured Workers Decreased In  Many States, But Not All, Finds New WCRI Study image

Cambridge, MA, June 27, 2017― As states implement reforms to address issues related to overuse and misuse of opioids, a new study released today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) observed decreases in the frequency and amount of opioids dispensed to injured workers in a majority of study states. However, higher utilization of opioids and other high-risk utilization patterns were seen in some states in the most recent study period.

Read the full article

Two New Videos Promote WCRI’s Annual Conference and Membership

June 22, 2017

Two New Videos Promote WCRI’s Annual Conference and Membership image

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.

Read the full article

10-18% of Injured Workers Across 15 States Never Reached Substantial Return to Work, Finds New WCRI Research

June 20, 2017

10-18% of Injured Workers Across 15 States Never Reached Substantial Return to Work, Finds New WCRI Research image

Cambridge, MA, June 20, 2017―Six new state studies published today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) compare outcomes of injured workers in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin and nine other states. The outcomes examined include recovery of physical health and functioning, return to work, earnings recovery, access to medical care, and satisfaction with medical care. 

Read the full article

New WCRI Study Measures Adequacy of Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits

June 8, 2017

New WCRI Study Measures Adequacy of Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits image

Cambridge, MA, June 8, 2017 —The adequacy of income benefits to replace lost earnings of injured workers is measured in a new study released today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

Read the full article

Contact WCRI

We're happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Please let us know how we can help.