Recently, we spoke with John Smolk of Southern California Edison (SCE), a self-insured and self-administered employer with over 13,000 employees, about why he and his organization became a WCRI member. In his present role, John oversees workers’ compensation and disability management for SCE. He has over four decades of combined risk management, safety, and claims experience. In addition to his work at SCE, John is the president of the National Council of Self-Insurers and a trustee of the California Self-Insurers’ Security Fund.

1) How did you first learn about WCRI?

While active in Illinois legislative changes and the passing of a medical fee schedule. WCRI presented at various meetings/briefings and workshops. I later was active in the WCRI Illinois Advisory Committee providing feedback on draft research.

2) What value do you derive from being a member of WCRI?

WCRI provides valuable and credible facts on how various approaches work (or don't work) in practice. This is especially helpful when working with regulators and labor. 

3) What is your favorite WCRI study/research area?

CompScope™ is my go to study package for testing reported trends and outcomes against my program's actual performance. I also have found great value in the physical medicine studies when designing our internal guidance on allowable physical medicine treatment. 

4) Can you describe a moment when WCRI’s research was really helpful?

WCRI CompScope™ studies have been helpful in designing payment strategies of our medical provider network in California.  


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