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Michigan Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim among Lowest in Recent WCRI Study

December 14, 2017

Cambridge, MA, Dec. 14, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Michigan were among the lowest of 18 state workers’ compensation systems analyzed in a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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​Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Grew About 3 Percent Each Year in Illinois

December 7, 2017

Cambridge, MA, Dec. 7, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois grew 3.1 percent per year on average from 2012 through 2015, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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North Carolina Sees Recent 6 Percent per Year Decrease in Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim

November 30, 2017

Cambridge, MA, Nov. 30, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina decreased 6 percent per year from 2013 through 2015, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). That decrease was more than all other states studied.

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Florida Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Stabilized After Years of Moderate Growth

November 16, 2017

Cambridge, MA, Nov. 16, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Florida remained stable in 2015 following moderate growth from 2010 through 2014, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Delaware Fee Schedule Changes Examined in New WCRI Study

November 14, 2017

Cambridge, MA, Nov. 14, 2017―A new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), Evaluation of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Fee Schedule Changes in Delaware, provides policymakers and other stakeholders with the ability to examine all three rounds of the Delaware fee schedule changes enacted in House Bill (HB) 373. 

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California Sees Steady Decrease in Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim

November 9, 2017

​Cambridge, MA, Nov. 9, 2017 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days lost time in California have decreased steadily since the enactment of reform legislation in 2013, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Former Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to Open 2018 WCRI Conference

November 7, 2017

Cambridge, MA, Nov. 7, 2017―The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that Dr. Erica L. Groshen, former Commissioner of Labor Statistics and head of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, will be the opening speaker at its 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22 and 23, 2018, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.

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Wisconsin Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Higher Than Typical; Growing at a Slower Rate, But Still Faster Than Most Study States

November 2, 2017

This WCRI study, CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for Wisconsin, 18th Edition, examined the costs, prices, and utilization of workers’ compensation medical care in Wisconsin in comparison with 17 states.

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Key Metrics and Performance of New York Workers’  Compensation System Tracked in New WCRI Study

October 30, 2017

Cambridge, MA, October 30, 2017―The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new tool today for policymakers and system stakeholders to track the performance of the New York workers’ compensation system.

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Indiana Sees First Decline in a Decade in Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim, Finds WCRI Study

October 26, 2017

Cambridge, MA, Oct. 26, 2017―Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana decreased from 2014 to 2015 for the first time in more than a decade, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Some State Policy Changes Decreased Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim, Finds New WCRI Studies

October 19, 2017

Cambridge, MA, Oct. 19, 2017 – Several states have seen decreases in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim, according to a series of new studies by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Research on Fee Schedules and Medical Prices

October 13, 2017

Cambridge, MA, October 12, 2017—The various design choices of fee schedule regulations and their impact on variation in medical payments across state workers’ compensation systems will be discussed during an hour-long webinar by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at 12 noon ET (11 a.m. CT, 10 a.m. MT, and 9 a.m. PT).

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Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Opioid Research

September 7, 2017

Cambridge, MA, August 30, 2017 —The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. MT, and 11 a.m. PT) to discuss its latest research on interstate variations and trends in the prescribing of opioids for workplace injuries

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Opioids Dispensed to Kentucky Injured Workers Reduced Immediately Post-HB 1, Finds New WCRI Study

August 29, 2017

Cambridge, MA – August 29, 2017 – Fewer injured workers in Kentucky with pain medications received opioids, and they received smaller amounts on average after the implementation of Kentucky’s House Bill (HB) 1, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). 

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Longer-Term Dispensing of Opioids to Injured Workers Decreased in Several States, Says New WCRI Study

August 3, 2017

Cambridge, MA, August 3, 2017―As states institute numerous opioid policies and initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) observed considerable decreases in the prevalence of longer-term dispensing of opioids to injured workers in a number of states studied. 

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New WCRI Study Helps Policymakers Monitor Changes in Prices Paid for Medical Care of Injured Workers in 31 States

July 27, 2017

Cambridge, MA, July 27, 2017―As policymakers and system stakeholders in many states debate rising medical costs, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new study today that helps monitor changes in prices paid for medical professional services as well as the impact of fee schedule and network changes on price trends. 

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Free Webinar on WCRI’s Latest Worker Outcomes Research

July 19, 2017

Cambridge, MA, July 19, 2017 — The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will be hosting a free 45-minute webinar on its most recent research on outcomes for injured workers on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 2pm ET (1pm CT; 12pm MT; 11am PT).

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A Mixed Bottle: Price-Focused Reforms Reduced Prices for Physician-Dispensed Drugs in Some Post-Reform States but Not All, Finds New WCRI Study

July 11, 2017

Cambridge, MA, July 11, 2017―With many states making changes to rules governing reimbursement for physician-dispensed pharmaceuticals, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a study today that sheds a light on the impact of price-focused reforms on the frequency and costs of physician-dispensed prescriptions. The study compares the experience in post-reform states with states where there were no reforms or where only pre-reform experience was observed. 

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Hospital Outpatient Payments per Episode Higher and Growing Faster in States with Percent-of-Charge-Based Fee Regulations or No Fee Schedules, Finds New WCRI Study

June 29, 2017

Cambridge, MA, June 29, 2017―Hospital outpatient payments were higher and growing faster in states with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations or no fee schedules, finds a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study is an annual series that compares hospital payments for a group of common outpatient surgeries in workers’ compensation across 35 states, representing 88 percent of the workers’ compensation benefits paid in the United States. This study also monitors the trends within each state from 2005 to 2015. 

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Prescription Opioid Use among Injured Workers Decreased In Many States, But Not All, Finds New WCRI Study

June 26, 2017

Cambridge, MA, June 27, 2017― As states implement reforms to address issues related to overuse and misuse of opioids, a new study released today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) observed decreases in the frequency and amount of opioids dispensed to injured workers in a majority of study states. However, higher utilization of opioids and other high-risk utilization patterns were seen in some states in the most recent study period.

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10-18% of Injured Workers Across 15 States Never Reached Substantial Return to Work, Finds New WCRI Research

June 20, 2017

Cambridge, MA, June 20, 2017―Six new state studies published today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) compare outcomes of injured workers in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin and nine other states. The outcomes examined include recovery of physical health and functioning, return to work, earnings recovery, access to medical care, and satisfaction with medical care. 

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New WCRI Study Measures Adequacy of Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits

June 8, 2017

Cambridge, MA, June 8, 2017 —The adequacy of income benefits to replace lost earnings of injured workers is measured in a new study released today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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North Carolina Costs per Workers’ Compensation Claim Have Remained Steady since 2009, WCRI Study Indicates

May 23, 2017

Cambridge, MA, May 23, 2017—Total costs per workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina have remained steady since 2009, according to a Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study, a contrast from the increases of the pre-2009 era.

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New WCRI Study Finds Large Variation in Worker Attorney Involvement

May 18, 2017

Cambridge, MA, May 18, 2017—A new FlashReport from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found wide variation in the percentage of claims with worker attorneys across 18 state workers’ compensation systems.

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New WCRI Study Tracks Impact of SB 863 on California Workers’ Compensation System

May 16, 2017

Cambridge, MA, May 16, 2017—California’s total costs per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days of lost time have remained stable after the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 863, while most other 17 states experienced an increase during this period, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Total Costs per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Florida Grew Moderately, Finds WCRI Study

May 9, 2017

Cambridge, MA, May 9, 2017—The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Florida grew moderately from 2010 to 2015, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Illinois Still Seeing Impact of 2011 Workers’ Compensation Reform Law, Says WCRI Study

May 2, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, MA, May 2, 2017—The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois decreased 6.4 percent since 2010, but remained higher than most of the 17 other states studied in a recent report, CompScope™ Benchmarks for Illinois, 17th Edition, by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Relationship between Provider Choice Policies and Workers’ Compensation Costs Explored in New WCRI Study

April 27, 2017

There is a long-standing policy discussion over whether the choice of health care provider in workers’ compensation cases should be left to workers or to employers. A new study, The Effects of Provider Choice Policies on Workers’ Compensation Costs, provides updated evidence regarding the relationships between medical and indemnity costs (i.e., replacement for lost wages). 

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Income Benefits Increased for Indiana Injured Workers under 2013 Law;  Indemnity Benefits per Claim Still Lower among 18 States

April 25, 2017

Cambridge, MA, April 25, 2017—Income benefits paid to Indiana’s injured workers through workers’ compensation claims rose nearly 5 percent between 2014 and 2015, a Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study found.

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New CompScope™ Studies Examine Trends in Claim Costs and Impact of Reforms in 18 State Workers’ Compensation Systems

April 18, 2017

The claim costs and other metrics of 18 state workers’ compensation systems are analyzed in depth in a new series of studies, CompScope™ Benchmarks, 17th Edition, released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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WCRI and The Walt Disney Company Discuss Injured Worker Outcomes at RIMS 2017 Annual Conference

April 12, 2017

Dr. John Ruser, president and CEO of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), and Tim East, Director of Risk Management at The Walt Disney Company, will deliver a joint presentation on injured worker outcomes at the RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Wednesday, April 26, at 11am in room 116.

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WCRI Launches Redesign of Website with New Logo

March 17, 2017

Cambridge, MA, March 15, 2017―In an effort to help policymakers and other stakeholders find the latest research on some of the most significant issues impacting state workers’ compensation systems, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) launched a redesign today of its website along with a new logo. The site can be viewed at http://www.wcrinet.org.

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WCRI Study Monitors Trends in New York Workers’ Compensation System

February 27, 2017

Cambridge, MA, February 28, 2017―Trends in the performance of the New York workers’ compensation system following reforms enacted in 2007 are monitored in a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). 

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WCRI Study Evaluates Impact of House Bill 373 on Medical Expenses in Delaware Workers’ Compensation System

February 27, 2017

Cambridge, MA — Feb. 21, 2017 — A new study released today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) evaluates the early impact of Delaware House Bill (HB) 373, which had a goal to reduce medical expenses in the state’s workers’ compensation system by 33 percent over three years.

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California Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Decreased After the Implementation of SB 863

December 8, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, MA, December 8, 2016 — California Senate Bill (SB) 863, signed into law in 2012, may have contributed to decreases in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in 2013 and 2014, according to CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for California, 17th Edition, a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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WCRI Announces Theme for 2017 Annual Issues & Research Conference

December 8, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, MA, December 8, 2016 — After enjoying record-breaking attendance at its last conference, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) officially opened registration today for its 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 2-3, 2017, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.

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