Workers’ Compensation 2030

At the WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference Dr Richard Victor, former CEO of WCRI and currently a senior fellow with Sedgwick Institute, discussed his views of workers’ compensation in the future. The workers’ compensation system was a compromise between labor and business designed to provide no fault benefits in an environment that gave exclusive […]

Ohio BWC Efforts to Control Opioids

At the 2018 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, Terrence Welsh MD, Chief Medical Officer for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discussed their efforts to decrease inappropriate opioid prescribing in Ohio. Ohio has a monopolistic state fund, meaning if you are not self-insured you are insured by the state. Pharmacy management is done in-house. […]

Value Based Care

At the WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, Randall Lea MD from Alice Peck Day Hospital discussed value-based care. They have been working on a study of value-based care and the workers’ compensation industry. Value-based care has been gaining traction on the group health side but not in workers’ compensation. Study participants included medical providers, […]

Labor Force Trends

At the 2018 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, Dr. Erica Groshen, former Commissioner of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics discussed labor market conditions. The United States has added 9.8 million jobs since the prior peak in January 2008. While there have been some monthly fluctuations, the overall trend has been steadily upward. Over […]

Appraising the Grand Bargain

At the 2017 WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference, a panel debated the state of the workers’ compensation “grand bargain” in 2017. The panel was: David Dietz, MD – David Dietz & Associates Dr. David Michaels – Milken Institute School of Public Health of George Washington University Dr. Emily Spieler – Northeastern University School of […]

Highlights of WCRI State Reports

At the 2017 WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference a panel presented highlights from numerous WCRI studies of individual state workers’ compensation systems. The panel was: Ramona Tanabe – WCRI Carol Telles – WCRI Will Monnin-Browder – WCRI Rebecca Yang – WCRI The CompScope study states are IN, TX, WI, AR, MI, FL, NJ, MN, […]

Alternatives to Opioids in Chronic Pain

At the 2017 WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference, a panel discussed alternatives to opioids in chronic pain. The panel included: Kathy Fisher – WCRI (moderator) Dean Hashimoto, MD – MA Department of Industrial Accidents Paul Sighinolfi – ME Workers’ Compensation Board Paul Tauriello – CO Division of Workers’ Compensation Dawn Ehde, MD – University […]

How States are Combating the Opioid Epidemic

At the 2017 WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference a panel discussed the latest WCRI research on the opioid epidemic and the steps states are taking to counter this epidemic. The panel was: Dr Vennela Thumula – WCRI Dwight Lovan – formerly of Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims Judge Omar Hernandez – Massachusetts Department of Industrial […]

California’s Post-Reform Outcomes

At the 2017 WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference, Alex Swedlow from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute discussed the impact of California’s workers’ compensation reforms. The highlights: The SB 863 reforms in California have resulted in declines in medical costs and overall claims costs for California employers. Average medical costs per claim at 24 months […]

Worker Outcome Surveys and the Importance of Communication

At the 2017 WCRI Annual Issues and Research Conference, Bogdan Savych of WCRI and Glenn Pransky of Liberty Mutual Research institute for Safety talked about the importance of worker perceptions and communications its injured workers. WCRI presented research on their worker outcome surveys. WCRI started injured worker surveys because the voice of injured workers is […]

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