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WCRI: Medical Fee Schedules Play Big Role in Shaping Price Changes During Inflationary Period in State Workers’ Compensation Systems

June 13, 2024

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Waltham, MA, June 13, 2024—In recent years, inflation in the workers’ compensation system has been a concern, as inflation in the overall economy spiked at 9 percent in June 2022. This new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examines the most recent trends in medical inflation to assess whether there was any accelerated medical price growth in workers’ compensation due to a potential lagged effect of the…

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WCRI: Despite Large Growth, Wisconsin Duration of Temporary Disability per Workers’ Compensation Claim Still Shorter Than Most Study States

May 28, 2024

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Waltham, MA, May 28, 2024—A recent study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that Wisconsin’s average indemnity benefit per claim grew nearly 10 percent in 2022, fueled by large growth in the average duration of temporary disability per claim. However, the duration of temporary disability per claim in Wisconsin remained the lowest of the study states.

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­­WCRI: Hospital Outpatient Payments Lower and Growing Slower in States with Fixed-Amount Fee Schedules

May 23, 2024

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Waltham, MA, May 23, 2024―With rising hospital costs a focus of public policy debates across the country, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds that hospital outpatient payments are lower and growing slower in states with fixed-amount fee schedules.

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WCRI: Michigan Costs per Workers’ Compensation Claim Lowest of 17-State Study Group

May 22, 2024

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Waltham, MA, May 22, 2024—A recent study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that overall costs per workers’ compensation claim in Michigan were the lowest of the 17-state study group, at an average cost of $31,735 per claim.

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WCRI Webinar: The Impact of Excessive Heat on Workplace Injuries

May 21, 2024

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Waltham, MA, May 21, 2024—The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will host a 30-minute webinar on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss findings from the Institute’s new study on how excessive heat affects workplace injuries.

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WCRI: Prices for Medical Professional Services Provided to Injured Workers Were Higher and Grew Faster in States without a Fee Schedule

May 16, 2024

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Waltham, MA, May 16, 2024―Since medical costs are a constant focus for policymakers and system stakeholders in state workers’ compensation systems, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) has released an updated version of its annual study that provides comparisons of prices paid for medical professional services across 36 states from 2008 to 2023.

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Illinois Indemnity under Workers’ Compensation Rose, but Declining Medical Payments Led to Stable Overall Costs

May 14, 2024

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A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that indemnity benefits per claim in Illinois increased 5 percent in 2022, driven by a 4 percent increase in workers’ wages and a 0.8-week increase in the average duration of temporary disability. However, since Illinois also saw declining medical payments from 2019 to 2022, overall costs remained mostly stable.

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WCRI Study Explores Excessive Heat’s Influence on Workplace Injuries

May 09, 2024

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Waltham, MA―With U.S. officials bracing for another summer of dangerous heat, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found important effects of excessive heat on the incidence of occupational injuries.

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WCRI: Florida Sees Large Increase in Indemnity Benefits per Workers’ Comp Claim

May 02, 2024

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A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that Florida’s average indemnity benefit per workers’ compensation claim grew 13 percent in 2022 for claims with 12 months of experience, making it the main driver of growth in overall costs per claim in the state.

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2024 WCRI Annual Report Now Available

April 30, 2024

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Waltham, MA, April 30, 2024 — The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that its 2024 WCRI Annual Report is now available on its website. The report takes a comprehensive look at all of the Institute’s activities in 2023, from the studies published to how that research was used by policymakers and other stakeholders.

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WCRI: Post-Pandemic Economic Changes Drove Rapid Increase in Indemnity Benefits for Workers’ Comp Claims in 2022

April 23, 2024

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Waltham, MA, April 23, 2024―Indemnity benefits per workers’ compensation claim grew at a rapid pace of 6 percent or more in 2022 in 16 out of 17 study states, with 8 states growing at a rate of 10 percent or more, according to a new set of studies from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). This followed a period of little change overall in most study states from 2019 to 2021.

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Webinar to Discuss Impact of Vertical Integration on Prices, Medical Utilization, and Outcomes

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Waltham, MA, April 4, 2024—The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold an hour-long webinar on the impact of vertical integration on prices, medical utilization, and outcomes, based on published WCRI reports. The date of the webinar is Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 2pm ET.

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WCRI: Poorer Recovery Seen among Injured Workers with Psychosocial Risk Factors

March 27, 2024

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Waltham, MA, March 28, 2024―A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute found that workers’ compensation patients had a higher prevalence of psychosocial risk factors than private insurance patients, and a stronger association between psychosocial risk factors and functional outcomes.

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WCRI: Tracking How State and Federal Workers’  Comp Programs Contain Medical Costs

February 26, 2024

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Cambridge, MA, February 27, 2024―With medical benefits representing the single largest cost component for many state workers’ compensation systems, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new study today that provides a basic understanding of the cost containment strategies used in all 50 states and 3 federal workers’ compensation programs as of January 1, 2024.

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Boston University Prof. Connie Noonan Hadley to Discuss the Power of Relationships to Improve Workforce Outcomes at 2024 WCRI Conference

February 05, 2024

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Cambridge, MA, February 2, 2023―The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that Dr. Connie Noonan Hadley, an organizational psychologist and professor in the Management and Organizations Department at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, will keynote the second day of the 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston, MA. The title of her keynote is “The…

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WCRI Conference Includes Session on Psychological Risk Factors and Functional Recovery

January 18, 2024

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Cambridge, MA, Jan. 18, 2024―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that a session on “Psychological Risk Factors and Functional Recovery” will be held at its 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6 in Boston, MA. WCRI Policy Analyst Vennela Thumula will present the Institute’s latest research on the topic.

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Excessive Heat and Work-Related Injuries to Be a Focus at WCRI Conference

January 11, 2024

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Cambridge, MA, Jan. 11, 2024―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that a session on “Excessive Heat and Work-Related Injuries” will be held at its 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6 in Boston, MA. WCRI Vice President of Research Sebastian Negrusa and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Research Director David Bonauto will be presenting.

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WCRI: Vertical Integration Results in More Medical Care, Higher Claim Costs, and Longer Recovery after Injuries

December 14, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, December 14, 2023—As vertical integration of medical providers has increased over the last decade, a new Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study found that vertical integration results in more medical care, higher claim costs, and longer recovery among workers injured on the job.

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WCRI: Medical Payments for Treatment of Injured Workers in Wisconsin Highest of 17 Study States

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Cambridge, MA, December 7, 2023 – A recently released study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that medical payments per claim in Wisconsin remained stable between 2019 and 2021 after prior years saw moderate growth. Wisconsin, however, sees some of the highest prices and payments per claim out of any of the study states.

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Time from Injury to First Medical Service among Workers’ Compensation Patients Examined before and after the Pandemic in New WCRI Study

November 28, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, November 28, 2023—A new Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study, Time to First Medical Service—A WCRI FlashReport, examines the time from injury to first medical service among injured workers across states before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Time to first service provides insights for the understanding of access to medical care for workers with injuries.

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WCRI: Mental Health Comorbidities Related to Poorer Functional Outcomes Than Physical Health Comorbidities in Workers with Low Back Pain

November 21, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, November 21, 2023—A new Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study found that mental health comorbidities (anxiety, depression, sleep dysfunction) had a stronger association with smaller functional recoveries than physical health comorbidities (diabetes, hypertension, obesity). This study is based on a large sample of 68,850 workers who were injured on the job and received physical therapy for low back pain.

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WCRI: Medical Payments to Treat Injured Workers in Texas Stable from 2016 to 2021, Masking Offsetting Trends

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Cambridge, MA, November 16, 2023 – A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that medical payments for the treatment of workers injured on the job in Texas changed little between 2016 and 2021.

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WCRI: Medical Payments for the Treatment of Injured Workers in Minnesota Continued to Decline in 2020 and 2021, Likely Due to the Pandemic

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Cambridge, MA, Nov. 3, 2023 – During the first two years of the pandemic, medical payments per claim in Minnesota decreased 4 percent in 2020/2021, followed by a slight drop of 2 percent in 2021/2022, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). This was mainly driven by decreases in utilization of medical services, likely related to the pandemic.

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WCRI Holds Webinar on CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks, 24th Edition

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Cambridge, MA, Oct. 27, 2023 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a one-hour webinar on its recently release CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks, 24th Edition on Thurs., Nov. 16, 2023, at 2:00 pm ET. WCRI Senior Analyst and Author Carol Telles will share findings from the studies and take audience questions.

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​WCRI: Medical Payments for the Treatment of Injured Workers in Indiana Stable between 2016 and 2021, but Masked Offsetting Changes

October 19, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, October 19, 2023 – A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana changed little between 2016 and 2021.

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WCRI: Cost of Medical Treatment for Workers Injured on the Job in Delaware Decreased During the Pandemic, Benefit Payments Increased

October 12, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, October 12, 2023 — A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that total costs per claim with more than seven days of lost time in Delaware decreased in 2020 and then increased in 2021 (claims evaluated as of March 2022). Changes in the availability of medical services and economic conditions were the main factors behind the 2020 and 2021 findings.

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2024 WCRI Conference: Keynote Announced and Registration Open

October 09, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, Oct. 10, 2023―The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that registration is open and acclaimed Harvard economist David Cutler will keynote the 2024 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston, MA.

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WCRI: Medical Payments Continued to Decline in 2021, Reflecting Lingering Effects of Pandemic

October 05, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, October 5, 2023 ― Medical payments per claim decreased more than 3 percent in most of the 17 study states for 2021 injuries with experience through March 2022, according to a new set of studies by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The main driver of this was a decrease in utilization of medical services, likely the result of the pandemic.

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WCRI Holds Webinar on Long COVID in the Workers’  Compensation System in 2020 and 2021

September 14, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, Sept. 15, 2023 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a 30-min. webinar on its study Long COVID in the Workers' Compensation System in 2020 and 2021 on Tues., Oct. 3, 2023, at 2:00 pm ET. Author Dr. Bogdan Savych will share findings from the study and take audience questions.

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WCRI Study Examines Impact of Workforce Changes on Workers’ Compensation Outcomes

August 31, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, August 31, 2023 – A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found the recent economic trends and the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic had important impacts on the workers’ compensation system.

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WCRI: Long COVID Affected 6 Percent of Workers with COVID-19 Claims in 2020 and 2021

August 17, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, August 17, 2023 – A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that 6 percent of workers with COVID-19 developed long COVID, and many of these workers continued receiving medical care a year after their infections. This study expands prior evidence from early in the pandemic, showing persistent rates of long COVID for infections through 2021.

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WCRI Webinar on Medical Inflation in Workers’ Compensation

August 14, 2023

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Join the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) for a 30-min. webinar on Wed., Sept. 6, 2023, at 2:00 pm ET as authors Olesya Fomenko and Rebecca Yang discuss findings and answer questions from Insights into Medical Inflation in Workers’ Compensation—A WCRI FlashReport.

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WCRI: No Evidence of a Steep Medical Price Growth in Workers’ Compensation during the Recent Inflationary Period

August 03, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, August 3, 2023 – The steep growth in consumer prices for energy, food, and housing over the last few years created concerns about potential rising inflation in medical care. A new Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study found that, overall, there was no evidence of faster growth in workers’ compensation medical prices and payments in most states over the high inflation period of 2021-2022.

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WCRI: Hospital Outpatient Payments Lower and Growing Slower in States with Fixed-Amount Fee Schedules

May 31, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, May 31, 2023 – During these times when rising hospital costs are a focus of public policy debates, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds that hospital outpatient payments are lower and growing slower in states with fixed-amount fee schedules.

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WCRI: Pandemic May Have Played Role in Decrease of Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Virginia

May 23, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, May 30, 2023 – Medical payments per workers' compensation claim in Virginia at 12 months of maturity decreased 5.6 percent between 2019 and 2020 and 7.9 percent between 2020 and 2021, according to a recent study published by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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WCRI: Substantial Variation Found in Prices Paid for Professional Medical Services to Treat Injured Workers in 36 States

May 18, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, May 18, 2023 ― Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released an updated version of its study that compares prices paid for a similar set of medical professional services for treating injured workers across 36 states and monitors price changes from 2008 to 2022.

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WCRI: Changes in Texas Duration of Temporary Disability May Relate to COVID-19 Pandemic

May 16, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, May 16, 2023 – Trends in indemnity components in Texas differed between 2016 and 2021, though wages of workers with injuries grew more than 3 percent per year from 2016 to 2019, according to a recent study published by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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WCRI: COVID-19 Pandemic Likely Contributed to the Trends in Indemnity Benefits in Massachusetts

May 09, 2023

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​Cambridge, MA, May 9, 2023 – Indemnity benefits per claim in Massachusetts decreased 7 percent in 2021 following a sizeable increase in the previous year. Duration of temporary disability was a major driver of indemnity trends in both years, according to a recent study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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WCRI: Total Costs per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois Changed Little during the Pandemic

May 02, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, May 2, 2023 – The average total cost per claim in Illinois changed little between 2019 and 2021 for injuries evaluated as of the first quarter of 2022, according to a recent study published by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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2023 WCRI Annual Report Now Available

April 27, 2023

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​Cambridge, MA, April 27, 2023 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that its 2023 WCRI Annual Report is now available on its website. The report takes a comprehensive look at all of the Institute’s activities in 2022, from the studies published to how that research was used by policymakers and other stakeholders.

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WCRI: Florida Costs per Claim Remained Stable in the First Two Years of COVID-19 Pandemic

April 25, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, April 25, 2023—Total costs per claim with more than seven days of lost time in Florida remained stable in 2020 and 2021, following moderate growth of 4–5 percent per year from 2016 to 2019, according to a recent study published by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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WCRI: COVID-19 Pandemic Continues to Impact Indemnity Benefits and Medical Payments in Various States

April 18, 2023

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​Cambridge, MA, April 18, 2023 – A new series of 14 studies from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found medical payments per claim decreased while indemnity benefits per claim continued to grow in 2020 and 2021 in many states, likely reflecting the impact of changes in economic conditions and usage of medical care during the early COVID-19 pandemic period.

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WCRI Releases National Inventory of State Regulations Affecting Prescription Drugs

April 04, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, April 4, 2023―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new report that gathers in one place the numerous state regulations affecting prescription drugs in all 50 states, including workers with injuries.

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Ramona Tanabe to Succeed John Ruser as New WCRI CEO

April 03, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, April 3, 2023―The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that executive vice president Ramona Tanabe has been named to succeed John Ruser as the new CEO of the Institute. She will assume responsibilities on May 1, 2023. Current CEO John Ruser has served in the position since 2015. John will stay on temporarily as advisor to the CEO to ensure a smooth transition.

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New WCRI Studies Monitor the Impact of Drug Formularies

March 30, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, March 30, 2023―A series of studies from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examines the impact of formularies on prescription drug utilization and costs in five states (Arkansas, California, Indiana, Kentucky, and New York) that implemented formularies in 2018 and 2019. They also examine the effect on physician dispensing and generic utilization in states with applicable formulary rules.

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New WCRI Study Compares Physicians’ Involvement in the Workers’ Compensation System across 34 States

March 28, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, March 28, 2023―A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) helps policymakers and stakeholders get an informed view about access to providers in their states by describing the medical workforce treating workers with injuries. The study shows how often physicians treat workers with injuries, examines the volume and the types of services that physicians provide, and examines how these providers fit within…

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WCRI: Costs to Treat Injured Workers Increase 8 Percent after Physician Practices Are Acquired by Hospitals

March 16, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, March 16, 2023―A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examines the impact of vertical integration of medical providers on payments for workers’ compensation care. In particular, it shows how payments for care provided by physicians to workers with injuries changed after hospitals and health systems acquired physician practices.

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Panel to Discuss the Impact of the Labor Shortage at 2023 WCRI Conference

March 02, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, March 2, 2023― Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) shared information about a panel on the “Impact of the Labor Shortage” that will be held at its 2023 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona.

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WCRI Identifies Factors Associated with Extended Use of Physical Medicine Services

March 01, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, March 1, 2023―Extended physical medicine (PM) use was relatively frequent in most study states and less coordination of care was among the key factors associated with a higher likelihood of having extended PM use, finds a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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WCRI Announces Panel on Changes in the Workplace at 2023 Conference

February 16, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, Feb. 16, 2023― Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) shared information about a panel on “Changes in the Workplace” that will be held at its 2023 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, AZ. The conference theme is "Disruption, Resilience, and Evolution."

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WCRI: Patient-Reported Outcomes Offer New Insights into Workers’ Recoveries

February 14, 2023

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​Cambridge, MA, Feb. 14, 2023―A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds that workers’ compensation patients with low back pain reported lower improvements in functional status score following physical therapy than patients covered by other payment systems.

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Noted Labor Economist David Autor to Keynote 2023 WCRI Conference

February 07, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, Feb. 7, 2022― The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that acclaimed MIT economist David Autor will keynote the 2023 WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, AZ.

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New WCRI Study Finds that 7 Percent of Workers with COVID-19 Claims Developed Long COVID

January 26, 2023

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Cambridge, MA, Jan. 26, 2023―A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that 7 percent of workers with COVID-19 claims received treatment for long COVID after the acute period of the infection. While long COVID prevalence was the highest among workers who were hospitalized during an acute stage of disease, even some workers with limited medical care early after the infection developed long COVID symptoms.

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WCRI: Emergency Department Use among Injured Workers Varied across States

December 19, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Dec. 19, 2022―A new 28-state study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found substantial variation across states in the rates of emergency department (ED) use among workers seeking care for new injuries during the period from the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2021.

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WCRI Webinar: Behavioral Health in Workers’ Compensation

November 22, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Nov. 22, 2022 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will host a free 30-minute webinar on its recent study A Primer on Behavioral Health Care in Workers’ Compensation on Thursday Dec. 15, 2022, at 2pm ET.

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WCRI: Medical Payments per Claim in Indiana Decreased in 2020, Reflect Some Impact from the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 17, 2022

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​Cambridge, MA, Nov. 17, 2022―Medical payments per claim decreased in Indiana for 2020 injuries with experience through March 2021 after growing in 2019, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). This fluctuation in medical payments, in part, reflects factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Michigan Decreased 4 Percent in 2020, Reflect Impact from COVID-19

November 10, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Nov. 10, 2022―The average medical payment per claim decreased 4 percent in Michigan for 2020 injuries with experience through March 2021, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). This reflects factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the earlier period from 2015 to 2019, medical payments per claim grew 4 percent per year.

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WCRI: Indemnity Benefits in New York Grew 10 Percent in 2020/2021, Reflects, in Part, Impact of COVID-19

October 20, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, October 20, 2022 ― A new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that indemnity benefits per claim grew 10 percent for 2020 non-COVID-19 claims evaluated in 2021 (2020/2021 claims) after being mostly stable since 2015 in New York. Medical payments per claim decreased 5 percent in 2020/2021, following a rapid increase the previous year. Both the increase in indemnity benefits and decrease in medical…

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Delaware Workers’ Compensation System the Focus of Upcoming WCRI Webinar

October 19, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Oct. 19, 2022 ― The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will host a free 30-minute webinar on Nov. 17, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET on its study Trends in the Delaware Workers’ Compensation System, 2015–2020.

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​WCRI: Medical Payments per Claim in Florida Decreased 5 Percent in 2020, Reflect Some Impact from the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 13, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, October 13, 2022 ― Medical payments per claim decreased 5 percent in Florida for 2020 injuries with experience through March 2021, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). This likely reflects factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the earlier period from 2015 to 2019, medical payments per claim grew 4–5 percent per year.

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Registration Now Open for 2023 WCRI Conference

October 12, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Oct. 12, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced registration is now open for the Institute’s 39th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 21-22, 2023. This year’s conference is being held in person at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

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WCRI: Medical Payments Decreased in Half the Study States in 2020, Due to COVID-19

October 06, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, October 6, 2022 ― Medical payments per claim decreased more than 3 percent in half the 18 study states for 2020 injuries with experience through March 2021, according to a new set of studies by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). This likely reflects factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the earlier period from 2015 to 2019, medical payments per claim were stable or grew moderately across the study…

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WCRI: Data Supports That Delaware Has Met the Medical Expenses Reduction Goal Set Out in HB 373

September 14, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, Sept. 14, 2022 — A new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found the average medical payment per claim (regardless of the claim maturity and claim base [all claims or lost-time claims]) decreased about 33 percent between 2014 and 2017 in Delaware, which was the main goal of House Bill (HB) 373.

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Latest Drug Trends in 28 States the Focus of Upcoming Free WCRI Webinar

September 01, 2022

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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.

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WCRI: Psychosocial Factors Can Act as Barriers to Recovery Following a Work-Related Injury

August 16, 2022

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​Cambridge, MA, August 16, 2022 – As concerns about behavioral health problems increased in recent years, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) heard through system stakeholder interviews that early screening for psychosocial risk factors is important to prevent delayed recovery.

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WCRI: Designing a Workers’ Compensation Medical Fee Schedule Involves a Delicate Balance

June 28, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, June 28, 2022 – As policymakers seek to implement or change price controls in their state workers’ compensation system with a fee schedule, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) highlights the important design choices faced in adopting, reforming, and updating them.

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WCRI: Use of Telemedicine for E&M Services Still Higher in 2021 than Prior to the Pandemic, but Physical Medicine Closer to the Pre-Pandemic Level

June 23, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, June 23, 2022 — Following the substantial increase in the second quarter of 2020 (2020Q2), use of telemedicine decreased starting in 2020Q3 and stabilized in subsequent quarters. According to a new Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) FlashReport, telemedicine’s share of evaluation and management (E&M) services was still higher at 3 percent in 2021Q1 as compared with 0.2 percent pre-pandemic, while the…

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Dermatological Agents Continue to Increase as Opioids Decline for Workplace Injuries, Finds New WCRI Study

June 16, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, June 16, 2022 ― A new FlashReport from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds that in several states, payments for dermatological agents continued to increase, driven by increased dispensing of higher-priced drug products either from physicians’ offices or from mail-order pharmacies.

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WCRI: Hospital Outpatient Payments at Least 60% Higher in Most States without Fixed-Amount Fee Schedules

May 31, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, May 31, 2022 – Hospital outpatient payments were higher and growing faster in states with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations or no fee schedules, finds a study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, the latest in an annual series, compares hospital payments for a group of common outpatient surgeries in workers’ compensation across 36 states from 2005 to 2020.

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WCRI: Prices Paid for Similar Professional Medical Services for Treating Injured Workers Varied Significantly across 36 States

May 26, 2022

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​Cambridge, MA, May 26, 2022 ― Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released an updated version of its study that compares prices paid for medical professional services across 36 states and monitors price changes from 2008 to 2021, which includes just over a year of medical services delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WCRI Hosts Webinar on Patterns and Outcomes of Chiropractic Care

May 25, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, May 24, 2022 —The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a 60-minute webinar on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss findings from a recently published WCRI study Chiropractic Care for Workers with Low Back Pain.

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​WCRI: Michigan Total Costs per Workers’ Compensation Claim Lowest of Study States; Rapid Increase in Indemnity Benefits per Claim in 2020 Likely Reflects Impact of COVID-19

May 19, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, May 19, 2022 –Total costs per workers’ compensation claim in Michigan for non-COVID-19 claims in 2020 were stable, the result of offsetting factors, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Although medical payments and benefit delivery expenses per claim decreased, there was rapid growth in indemnity benefits per claim, which was driven by increases in the average duration of…

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Chiropractic Care for Workers with Injuries Varied Greatly across 28 States, Finds New WCRI Study

May 17, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, May 17, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced the release of a new study on chiropractic care for low back pain. The study reveals substantial variation in the use of chiropractic care across 28 states and offers insights into the patterns and outcomes of chiropractic care.

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WCRI: Increase in Temporary Disability Duration per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Minnesota a Key Driver of Indemnity Growth in 2020, May Reflect Early Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

May 12, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, May 12, 2022 – Duration of temporary disability (TD) benefits per claim in Minnesota increased nearly one week in 2020 for non-COVID-19 claims. This was a key driver of the increase in indemnity benefits per workers’ compensation claim in that year, according to a recent study published by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Both claims with TD benefits and claims with permanent partial disability…

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WCRI: Indemnity Benefits per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois Increased 11 Percent in 2020, Possibly an Effect of COVID-19

May 05, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, May 5, 2022 – Indemnity benefits per claim increased 11 percent in 2020; two-thirds of this growth was driven by an increase in duration of temporary disability (about a week); a third of the growth was driven by an increase in wages of workers with injuries, according to a recent study published by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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WCRI: Increase in Temporary Disability Duration in 2020 Seen Across Many States, May Reflect Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

April 28, 2022

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​Cambridge, MA, April 28, 2022 – A new edition of CompScope™ Benchmarks from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found indemnity benefits increasing in most states due to an increase in temporary disability (TD) duration in 2020 as a result of the economic slowdown during the pandemic.

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New Information Related to COVID-19 Contained in Tool for Comparing Workers’ Compensation Laws in U.S. and Canada

April 26, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, April 26, 2022 – A new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) and the International Association of Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to identify the similarities and distinctions between workers’ compensation regulations and benefit levels in U.S. states and Canadian provinces now includes information related to the pandemic.

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​WCRI Hosts Webinar on Long COVID-19 Initiative at Brown University School of Public Health

April 15, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, April 19, 2022 —The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a free 45-minute webinar on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss Brown University School of Public Health's Long COVID Initiative. Representing the school will be Dr. Francesca L. Beaudoin, interim chair and associate professor of epidemiology.

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2022 WCRI Annual Report Now Online

March 31, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, March 31, 2022 – The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today that its 2022 annual report is available on its website. The report takes a comprehensive look at all of the Institute’s activities in 2021, from the studies that were published to how that research was used by policymakers and other stakeholders.

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State of the Workers’ Compensation System to Be Discussed at WCRI Conference

March 09, 2022

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​Cambridge, MA, March 9, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that a panel will discuss the state of the workers’ compensation system at the 38th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA.

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Dr. Sandro Galea to Discuss Short- and Long-Term Consequences of COVID-19 at WCRI Conference

March 03, 2022

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​Cambridge, MA, March 3, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that Dr. Sandro Galea would deliver the keynote address on day two of the 38th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA. Dr. Galea is a well-known physician, epidemiologist, author, dean, and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health.

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WCRI Conference Panel Discusses the Future of the Workplace after COVID-19

February 24, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, February 24, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that a panel will discuss the future of the workplace after COVID-19 at the 38th Annual WCRI Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA.

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​Preliminary Results from Provider Consolidation Study on the Agenda at 2022 WCRI Conference

February 16, 2022

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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.

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Preliminary Research on Chiropractic Care to Be Shared at 2022 WCRI Conference

February 01, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, February 1, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that preliminary research on the patterns and outcomes of chiropractic care will be shared at the Institute’s 38th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA.

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Preliminary Research on Drug Formularies to Be Shared at 2022 WCRI Conference

January 25, 2022

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Cambridge, MA, January 25, 2022―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that preliminary research on the impact of drug formularies will be shared at the Institute’s 38th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022, in Boston, MA.

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New WCRI Study Examines Use and Reimbursement of Telemedicine to Treat Injured Workers

December 16, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, Dec. 16, 2021 — With telemedicine rising as an important alternative for access to care during the pandemic, a new Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) FlashReport examines the utilization patterns of telemedicine services and the prices paid for these services in workers’ compensation systems across states during the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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​Registration Now Open for 2022 WCRI Conference

December 02, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, Dec. 2, 2021―Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced registration is now open for the Institute’s 38th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 16-17, 2022. This year’s conference is being held in person at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston and the theme is “Emerging and Learning from Disruption.”

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Delaware Workers’ Compensation System Examined in New WCRI Study

November 18, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, November 18, 2021 — Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released the first edition of an annual report on measures of the Delaware workers’ compensation system.

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Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim in Wisconsin among Highest of 18 States Studied; Payments per Claim Changed Little from 2014 to 2019

November 16, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, Nov. 16, 2021 – Medical payments per claim with more than seven days of lost time in Wisconsin were among the highest of 18 states studied and changed little from 2014 to 2019, according a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Stable in Texas; Lower Than Typical in 18-State Study

November 09, 2021

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​Cambridge, MA, Nov. 9, 2021 – Medical payments per claim with more than seven days of lost time were lower in Texas than the typical state in an 18-state study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim Stable in North Carolina, Lower Than the Median in 18-State Study

November 01, 2021

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​Cambridge, MA, Nov. 2, 2021 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days of lost time were fairly stable in North Carolina from 2014 to 2019, with the average payment lower than the median of 18 states studied, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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WCRI Webinar on Prescribing of Topical Analgesics and Gabapentinoids for Work-Related Injuries

October 29, 2021

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​Cambridge, MA, Oct. 29, 2021 —The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a 45-minute webinar on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss its latest research on the growing use of gabapentinoids and topical analgesics to treat workers with injuries.

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In Study of 18 States, Average Medical Payment for Indiana Workers’ Compensation Claims Higher Than Typical

October 26, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, Oct. 26, 2021 – The average medical payment for workers’ compensation claims with more than seven days of lost time was higher in Indiana than the typical state in a study of 18 states, according to a recent report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Numerous Reforms to New York Workers’ Compensation System Tracked in New WCRI Study

October 21, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, October 21, 2021 ― The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new report, Monitoring Trends in the New York Workers’ Compensation System, 2021 Edition, today for policymakers and system stakeholders to track the performance of the New York workers’ compensation system.

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Medical Payments per Workers’ Compensation Claim in California Stable since 2015; Average Prescription Payments Decreased since 2013

October 19, 2021

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​Cambridge, MA, Oct. 19, 2021 – Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim with more than seven days of lost time have been fairly stable in California since 2015, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Compared with other study states, medical payments per all paid claims in California were 11 percent lower than the 18-state median for 2017 claims, evaluated as of 2020.

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New WCRI Studies Examine Payments, Prices, and Utilization of Medical Care for Workers with Injuries in 18 States

October 12, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, October 12, 2021 – A new set of studies released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examines the factors behind trends in medical payments per claim in state workers’ compensation systems and the impact of legislative and regulatory changes on those costs.

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WCRI Report Examines How Lessons from Prior Economic Downturn May Apply to Workers’ Compensation in Pandemic

October 07, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, October 7, 2021 — Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a new WCRI FlashReport that shows how indemnity benefits and medical utilization changed during the prior economic downturn and subsequent recovery. It also presents multiple measures describing changes in the labor market that are likely to shape trends in workers’ compensation payments for injuries in 2020 and 2021.

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Free WCRI Webinar Discusses Effects of Opioid-Related Policies on Opioid Utilization after Work-Related Injuries

September 30, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, Sept. 30, 2021 — The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a free 45-minute webinar on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss findings from a recent WCRI study Effects of Opioid-Related Policies on Opioid Utilization, Nature of Medical Care, and Duration of Disability.

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Does Use and Early Use of Manual Therapy Make a Difference? 

September 14, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, Sept. 14, 2021 ― Workers with low back pain (LBP) who received manual therapy (MT) early within two weeks of their physical therapy care (PT) had lower medical costs and fewer days away from work than those who received it later, according to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). MT is hands-on therapy that improves range of motion and reduces pain.

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Use of Topical Analgesics for Treating Pain among Injured Workers Examined in New WCRI Study

August 26, 2021

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Cambridge, MA, August 26, 2021 ― As topical analgesics for treating injured workers have become a growing prescription cost driver, a new Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study examines how often and what types are being dispensed, and if their prescribing is in line with guideline recommendations.

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