Waltham, MA, July 10, 2024 ― The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will host a 30-minute webinar on Thursday, August 1, 2024, at 2 p.m. ET on its study, Interstate Variation and Trends in Workers’ Compensation Drug Payments, 5th Edition. Dr. Vennela Thumula will discuss the study's key findings and take audience questions.

“This study provides an overview of the trends in prescription drug payments in workers’ compensation across 28 states. By analyzing prescription drug payments by group (dermatological agents, NSAIDs, opioids, compounds, etc.), the study provides insights into which drug groups went up or down in their share of prescription payments in recent years,” said Ramona Tanabe, president and CEO of WCRI.

Questions Addressed:

  • Which drug groups make up higher shares of prescription payments under workers’ compensation?
  • How do states compare on prescription drug payments overall and by drug group?
  • Did the prescription payments increase or decrease?
  • Are increases in prescription drug payments for any drug groups in any state being driven by physician dispensing?

The 28 states in the study are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In each quarter, prescriptions that were dispensed for non-COVID-19 claims with injuries occurring within three years of the prescription fill date and paid under workers’ compensation were included.

Webinars are $50 for non-members and free for WCRI members, members of the press, and legislators. Attendance is limited to 500 people, and all attendees receive a copy of the slides and a recording of the webinar. Click here to register now.

About WCRI:

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Waltham, MA. Organized in 1983, the Institute does not take positions on the issues it researches. 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.


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