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 […]

Challenges of Telemedicine

At the 2019 WCRI Annual Conference, a session discussed the challenges and opportunities of telemedicine. The panel was: Moderator: Dr. David Deitz, David Deitz & Associates Speakers: Ms. Amy Lee, Texas Department of Insurance Mr. Kurt Leisure, The Cheesecake Factory Mr. Dan Allen, Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) Dr. Stephen Dawkins, Caduceus USA Telemedicine is […]

Nationwide Workers’ Comp Trends from WCRI

At the 2019 WCRI Annual Conference, a session discussed some of the latest findings and trends seen across WCRI’s core benchmark studies, including WCRI’s 18-state CompScope™ Benchmarks reports. The presenters were: Moderator: Ms. Ramona P. Tanabe, WCRI Speakers: Ms. Carol A. Telles, WCRI, Facility Costs and Use: Factors in Interstate Differences and Trends  Ms. Evelina Radeva, […]

Group Health Deductibles and Workers’ Compensation

At the 2019 WCRI Annual Conference, Dr. Olesya Fomenko, WCRI, discussed their study on how higher deductibles for group health plans may impact workers’ compensation claims activity. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, the average group health plan deductible in 2008 was $765. In 2014 that number was $1217 and by 2017 that number […]

Washington State and Washington DC’s efforts on Return to Work

At the 2019 WCRI Annual Conference a session discussed efforts in Washington State and Washington DC to promote return to work following a work injury. The speakers were: Moderator: Dr. John W. Ruser, WCRI Speakers: Ms. Jennifer Sheehy, U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Prof. Tom Wickizer, University of Washington School […]

Opioids in Workers’ Compensation: Research and Reduction Efforts

At the 2019 WCRI Annual Conference, a session discussed a variety of research and efforts relating to the opioid epidemic. Moderator: Mr. Tim Hassett-Salley, WCRI Speakers: Dr. Vennela Thumula, WCRI Dr. Letitia Davis, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Ms. Jacqueline Kurth, Industrial Commission of Arizona Mr. Jason Porter, Industrial Commission of Arizona WCRI Research Older […]

Policies Impacting the Workforce Now and the Future

At the 2019 WCRI Annual Conference, Dr. John W. Ruser, WCRI and Prof. Alan Kruegar, Princeton University, kicked off the conference with a keynote focused on the opioid epidemic, participation in the US labor force, and the state of the US economy. Opioid Epidemic The opioid overdose rate in the US has been steadily climbing since […]

The World of Work is Changing

At the 2018 WCRI Annual Research & Issues Conference a panel discussed how the world of work is changing. The panel included: Judge David Langham, Florida Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims Steven Tolman, President Massachusetts AFL-CIO Denise Zoe Algire, Albertsons Companies Charlie Kingdollar, Gen Re John Ruser, WCRI (moderator) Question: What do you think […]

How Marijuana Laws Impact Prescription Drug Spending

At the 2018 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, Dr. David Bradford from the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia discussed the impact state marijuana laws have on prescription drug spending. The question is, what has been the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on the use of FDA approved pain […]

Findings from WCRI Studies

At the 2018 WCRI Annual Research & Issues Conference a panel presented findings from several different WCRI studies. Please note, some of these findings are preliminary, and therefore, subject to change. Then panel included: Ramona Tanabe, WCRI Evelina Radeva, WCRI Rebecca Yang, WCRI Carol Telles, WCRI Tennessee The WCRI study measured the impact of the […]

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