Cambridge, MA, April 27, 2023 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that its 2023 WCRI Annual Report is now available on its website. The report takes a comprehensive look at all of the Institute’s activities in 2022, from the studies published to how that research was used by policymakers and other stakeholders.
In his annual letter, outgoing WCRI President and CEO John Ruser said the Institute published various studies in 2022 that were “timely, such as our analysis of the patterns and use of telemedicine, and our primer on behavioral health care in workers’ compensation. Our benchmarking studies also helped us keep a watchful eye on the changes that state workers’ compensation systems were experiencing, including a decrease in medical utilization and longer duration of temporary disability.”
Ruser went on to say that the Institute is well positioned to continue studying the lingering effects of the pandemic, as well as other factors influencing workers’ compensation systems. “In 2023, we look to publish new studies on long-COVID-19 claims, changes in how medical care is delivered and claims are affected by labor market disruptions, the impact of drug formularies, social determinants of health, consolidation of care, and prescription drug regulations,” wrote Ruser.
Among the information included in the report are abstracts of select studies, where the research was used and shared, corporate social responsibility examples, interviews with WCRI members, and a list of members and supporters that made WCRI’s research possible. Click here for a complimentary copy of the report.
The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. Organized in 1983, the Institute does not take positions on the issues it researches; rather, it provides information obtained through studies and data collection efforts, which conform to recognized scientific methods. Objectivity is further ensured through rigorous, unbiased peer review procedures. WCRI's diverse membership includes employers; insurers; governmental entities; managed care companies; health care providers; insurance regulators; state labor organizations; and state administrative agencies in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.