WCRI Quarterly Newsletter: 2nd Quarter (April 1 - June 30, 2018)
Where Our Work Was Used
In states large and small, our research continues to be actively used by a diverse group of public officials and stakeholders, resulting in better, more informed decision making. Of the many impact examples over the past three months, one stands out.

In May, WCRI’s Ramona Tanabe was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections at a hearing on the opioid epidemic's implications for the Federal Employees' Compensation Act. During the hearing, Ms. Tanabe fielded many questions while summarizing findings from WCRI’s opioid research.

Click here to watch a recording of the hearing.
Latest Research Published
Educating Diverse Groups 
Below is a sample of the diverse groups with whom we shared our research over the last three months.

Conferences we presented at:
  • RIMS 2018 Conference & Exhibition 
  • 17th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference
  • Kentucky CompEd 27th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar
  • 2018 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting
  • 21st Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation Education Conference
  • IAIABC's Central States Association Spring Seminar 2018

Briefings we gave:
  • Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Advisory Council 
WCRI In The News
Member Spotlight: Donna Glenn, Liberty Mutual
Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of our board members, Donna Glenn of Liberty Mutual Insurance, about how she came to know WCRI.

Donna is Senior Vice President and Casualty Product Manager for National Insurance at Liberty Mutual. She has more than 25 years of property and casualty insurance experience. In her current role at Liberty Mutual, she is leading the strategic direction of the workers’ compensation line of business. Liberty Mutual currently writes more than $2.4B direct written premium for this line, handling more than 300,000 workers’ compensation claims for its 72,000 commercial customers.   

Click here to learn more.
Recorded Webinar: Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability
In this recorded webinar, Dr. Bogdan Savych discussed the findings from WCRI's study The Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability.

The webinar addressed the following questions:

  • Do opioid prescriptions increase duration of temporary disability benefits?
  • Do longer-term opioid prescriptions increase duration of temporary disability benefits?
  • What role do local prescribing patterns play in determining whether injured workers received opioid prescriptions?

Click here to learn more. 
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