WCRI Quarterly Newsletter: 3rd Quarter (July 1 - Sept. 30, 2016)
Where Our Work Was Used
In states large and small, our work continues to be actively used by a diverse group of public officials and stakeholders-----   resulting in better, more informed decision making. Below is a sample of where our work was used over the last three months.
  • Kentucky: WCRI's CEO and president, Dr. John Ruser, was invited to the first meeting of the newly formed Kentucky Workers' Compensation Task Force by co-chairs Senator Alice Forgy Kerr and Representative Chris Harris. Among the research Dr. Ruser shared with the task force were our CompScopeā„¢ Benchmarks for Kentucky, 16th Edition and Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers in Kentucky.
  • Louisiana: In a recent press releaseInsurance Commissioner James Donelon warned of increased deaths and costs due to the prescription opioid epidemic in Louisiana. Findings from WCRI's Longer-Term Use of Opioids, 3rd Edition, were used to support the commissioner's argument.
  • National: Staff of the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) shared WCRI's research on fee schedules and case shifting at WILG's 2016 Annual Convention. 
Educating Diverse Groups

Dr. Ruser at FECA Commerorative Apart from briefing key stakeholders, including senior public officials, in 16 states (California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia,
and Wisconsin) 
through WCRI's advisory committees, below is a sample of the diverse groups we shared our research with over the last three months. 

Conferences where we presented:
  • U.S. Department of Labor's 100th Commemoration of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA)
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) -  2016 Summer National Meeting
  • Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation - 2016 Annual Educational Conference
  • Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) Workers' Compensation Forum
  • Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) - 2016 Convention 
Webinar hosted:
  • In July, we hosted a webinar on our latest worker outcomes studies. Of the over 95 people that registered for the event, 37% (35) were policymakers. 
In The News
Below is a small of the media coverage WCRI's research received over the last three months. 
In This Issue

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