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.

“This study finds that payments for dermatological agents increased in several states, driven by physician dispensing and mail-order pharmacies,” said John Ruser, president and CEO of WCRI. “This study lets you see if these patterns hold for your state and shows you trends in prescribing of several other types of drugs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs], opioids, compounds, etc.).

Questions Addressed:

  • Which drug groups make up the most prescription drug payments in workers’ compensation?
  • What are the latest trends in spending?
  • Are there emerging cost drivers? Is physician dispensing driving the costs for any of the drug groups in any states?
  • How do payments for the various drug groups differ among the study states?
  • Did prescription drug spending change during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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 all medical claims with injuries occurring within three years of the prescription fill date and paid under workers’ compensation were included.

To register for this free webinar, visit All attendees receive a free copy of the slides and a recording of the webinar. 

About WCRI:

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. 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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