Impact of Prescription Drug Formularies

At the 2022 WCRI Annual Conference, Vennela Thumula from WCRI presented studies regarding the impact of prescription drug formularies in various states. A workers’ compensation drug formulary is a list of prescription drugs that can be prescribed and dispensed with no prior authorization. 17 states now have drug formularies for workers’ compensation with Texas implementing […]

The Workforce After COVID-19

At the 2022 WCRI Annual Conference, a panel discussed how the pandemic has changed the workplace. The speakers were: Denise Algire – Albertsons Companies Dan Allen – Construction Industry Service Corporation Craig Ross – Liberty Mutual Sebastian Negrusa – WCRI Vaccine Requirements Educational efforts around the vaccine have been successful in many industries, leading to […]

Economic Disruption and Workers’ Compensation

At the 2022 WCRI Annual Conference, Robert Hartwig, Associate Professor of Finance from the University of South Carolina, talked about a variety of issues impacting the economy and workers’ compensation. Inflation Overview and Impact The current drivers of inflation are rooted in pandemic-related supply chain disruption and monetary policy changes made in response to the […]

Mental Health for Injured Workers

At the 2020 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, a panel discussed the importance of mental health for injured workers. The speakers were: Dr Leslie Boden – BU School of Public Health Francis Callahan, Jr – MA Building Trades Council Mary Christiansen – Southern California Edison Dr Kenneth Larsen – New England Baptist Hospital Dr […]

NIOSH Tackles Total Worker Health

At the 2020 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, Dr L. Casey Chosewood from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) talked about their efforts around total worker health. Total worker health is defined as policies, programs and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and […]

Key Finding from WCRI Studies

At the 2020 WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference, a session discussed key findings from various WCRI studies. The presenters were: Carol Telles – WCRI Dr Randall Lea – WCRI Dr Rebecca Yang – WCRI Trends in Hospital Inpatient Metrics Hospital inpatient payments accounted for 17% of total medical payments in the typical study state. […]

Opioid Dispensing Trends & Alternatives For Pain Management

At the 2020 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, Vennela Thumula with WCRI talked about their studies on opioid dispensing trends and alternatives for pain management. Between 2014 and 2018, they saw decreases in opioid prescribing in all study states. The biggest decreases were seen in California and New York which implemented new drug formularies […]

Age Variation in Claims Costs

At the 2020 WCRI Annual Research & Issues Conference, Dr Bogdan Savych with WCRI discussed their study reviewing how injuries, claims and outcomes vary by age. The US population is aging. In 2000, around 13% of the population was over age 65. It is projected that by 2030 over 20% of the population will be […]

Generational Differences and Stereotypes in the Workplace

At the 2020 WCRI Annual Research & Issues Conference, a session discussed perceptions vs reality with regard to generational differences in the workplace. The presenter was Dr Jennifer Deal, Senior Research Scientist with Center for Creative Leadership. Her study surveyed 6000 millennials along with 7000 older professional, managerial and executive staff. The different generations highlighted […]

Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Declining?

At the 2019 WCRI Annual Conference, Dr. John Ruser, WCRI, talked about the variety of factors contributing to the trend of workers’ compensation benefits being a declining share of the payroll. According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, the ratio of workers’ compensation benefits paid to total wages has dropped since the 1990s and […]

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