Cambridge, MA, Feb. 27, 2018 – A distinguished panel at the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s 34th Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 22-23, 2018, in Boston, MA, will help the audience look ahead at the fast-changing world of work and the implications of this change for workers' compensation. The panel includes

  • Denise Algire, director of managed care and disability for Albertsons Companies;
  • Charlie Kingdollar, senior emerging risk analyst for General Reinsurance Corporation (GenRe);
  • Judge David Langham, deputy chief judge of the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims; and
  • Steve Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. 

“There is a lot of uncertainty about the future of work and the impact it will have on workers’ compensation. This panel will help us see the road ahead and predict how it will impact the workers' compensation system, including how system features like safety, insurance, and the workplace will be impacted,” said John Ruser, president and CEO of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

The theme of this year’s conference is Work and the Comp System: Evolution, Disruption, and the Future. WCRI’s 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. The following are among the questions the conference will be addressing: 

  • What challenges face the workers’ compensation system, and how might the system evolve to meet them?
  • Does opioid use have an effect on return to work?
  • How is the prescription drug crisis impacting American employers, and how are they responding?
  • What do providers, regulators, and payors have to say about value-based care?
  • Does medical marijuana shift prescription drug spending?
  • What does the future of work look like and what are the implications for workers’ compensation?

The WCRI conference is a leading workers’ compensation forum for policymakers, employers, labor advocates, insurance executives, health care organizations, claims managers, researchers, and others. Conference participants will leave with new insights, valuable networking contacts, and a better understanding of key issues in today’s competitive environment.

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The Cambridge-based WCRI is recognized as a leader in providing high-quality, objective information about public policy issues involving workers' compensation systems. 

About WCRI:

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1983, WCRI has been a catalyst for significant improvements in workers' compensation systems around the world with its objective, credible, and high-quality research. WCRI's members include 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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