WCRI Quarterly Newsletter: 2nd Quarter (April - June 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:
  • North Carolina: At the request of the Chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, WCRI published the  Texas-Like Formulary for North Carolina State Employees study. In his request to WCRI, the Chairman noted that "WCRI is the gold standard when it comes to performing statistical studies of workers' compensation issues." The commission's final report to the North Carolina General Assembly was issue d in April 2016 and cited the study mentioned above as well as our  Impact of a Texas-Like Formulary in Other States study.
  • Wisconsin: Upon publication of our Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers in Wisconsin study in May 2016, a labor member of the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) contacted WCRI and commented that the study was "critical for informing some policy discussions about workers' compensation medical care in Wisconsin" and requested to share it more widely with WCAC members.
  • Florida: In April 2016, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 1402, which ratifies the updated professional fee schedule adopted by the state Division of Workers' Compensation. Previously, WCRI published a FlashReport,  Evaluation of the 2015 Professional Fee Schedule Update for Florida, at the request of the Florida Division of Workers' Compensation. The report, which was available during the legislative session and leading up to the vote, compares the fee schedule to Medicare rates for the same set of procedures.
  • Montana:  In May 2016, the Montana Labor Management Advisory Council (LMAC) requested a webinar briefing on our Impact of a Texas-Like Formulary in Other States study. The purpose was to inform their discussions on implementing a workers' compensation drug formulary in Montana. 
  • Wisconsin: In May 2016, the Wisconsin Division of Worker's Compensation Administrator cited CompScope™ 16 findings in presentations before various stakeholder groups, including attorneys, human resource managers, and food processing employers.
  • Michigan:   In May 2016, the Michigan Workers' Compensation Agency posted an article on their website that cited findings from CompScope™ Benchmarks for Michigan, 16th Edition and related them to the 2011 reform legislation.
Educating Diverse Groups

Below is a sample of the diverse groups we shared our research with over the last three months.

Conferences where we presented our research:
  • American Society of Workers' Comp Professionals Annual Meeting
  • Casualty Actuarial Society's Spring Meeting
  • Florida Health Care Affordability Summit (2016)
  • National Council of Self Insurers Conference  
Webinars where we presented our research:
  • In June, we hosted a webinar comparing Kentucky's workers' compensation system to other states. Of the 87 people who registered for the webinar, 23 were policymakers.
  • Two of our researchers were invited to present our latest opioid findings during a webinar hosted by the National Alliance of Medicare Set Aside Professionals (NAMSAP). Over 80 people were in attendance for the webinar.
 Requests for our research:
  • Arizona Industrial Commission
  • Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
  • Illinois Department of Insurance
  • Wisconsin Division of Worker's Compensation 
In The News
Below is a small sample of the media coverage WCRI's research received over the last three months. 
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