Cambridge, MA, February 16, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that preliminary results from the WCRI study Effect of Provider Consolidation on Payments for Medical Care Provided to Workers with Injuries will be shared at the Institute’s 38th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA.

"Consolidation of medical providers has been a steady trend in the United States," said John Ruser, WCRI president and CEO. "While the forces shaping consolidation of medical providers are external to workers’ compensation, they can affect prices of medical services, quality of care, access to providers, treatment patterns, costs of care, as well as worker outcomes. This is one of several preliminary studies we will be sharing at our annual conference, giving attendees a first look.”

In the session, Dr. Bogdan Savych, WCRI author and policy analyst, will share preliminary findings from this new study while addressing the following questions:

  • What are the trends in consolidation of medical providers who provide care to workers with injuries, and how do these trends differ across states?
  • What are the implications of increasing consolidation for access to medical providers?
  • What is the impact of increasing consolidation of medical providers on payments for workers’ compensation medical care?

The WCRI conference is a leading workers’ compensation forum. The two-day program highlights the Institute’s latest research findings while drawing upon the diverse perspectives of highly respected workers’ compensation experts and policymakers from across the country. Conference participants will leave with new insights, valuable networking contacts, and a better understanding of key issues in today’s competitive environment.

Click here to learn more about the conference agenda or to register. A special conference hotel rate of $236 is available for a limited time. 

About WCRI:

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. Organized in late 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.


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