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Workers comp programs fight addiction among injured workers

April 10, 2017

Meet a victim of the nation's opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while helping those who became hooked to avoid potentially deadly consequences.

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First impressions matter in comp claims

April 3, 2017

Workers compensation experts say that trust in the workplace and early positive communication between injured workers and their employers or claims handlers can play a crucial role in reducing the time it takes a claimant to return to work, as well as keeping comp claim costs in check.

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Another Record-Breaking Year for Conference Attendance

March 7, 2017

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

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Why Workers’ Compensation Is Especially Needed Now: Report from WCRI Conference

March 6, 2017

After decades of managing costs for employers, it’s time for workers’ compensation professionals and public policymakers to turn their attention to the needs of injured workers and think of themselves more as players in a broader safety net, workers’ compensation experts were told last week.

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New pilot aims to curb opioid addiction among injured workers

January 17, 2017

BOSTON -- The Baker administration on Thursday launched a new initiative to combat the state's opioid abuse epidemic, this one with a focus on reducing the risk of addiction for workers who are injured on the job.

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Study: CT paying more for injured-workers medical services than many states

November 30, 2016

Prices paid for medical professional services delivered to injured workers in Connecticut were 19 percent higher in 2014 and 21 percent higher in 2015 than the median for 31 states studied in the latest Medical Price Index for Workers' Compensation, released today by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Workers’ comp payments for medical service in Kentucky are below 18-state median, study says

November 10, 2016

Medical payments per claim in Kentucky were lower than the median of 18 states, according to a recent study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Insurance Commissioner warns of increased deaths, costs due to prescription opioid, heroin epidemic

September 30, 2016

For the first time in a decade some mortality rates in the United States are rising and that’s due, in part, to more people dying from drug overdoses, .

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