WCRI Quarterly Newsletter: 1st Quarter (January - March 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 are some examples of  where our work was used over the last three months:
  • Wisconsin: In March 2016, Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 724 into law as Act 180. Among other things, the legislation addressed physician dispensing and permanent partial disability (PPD) rates. During the debate, our research was widely used and WCRI staff were called upon numerous times to answer questions.
  • Virginia: In March 2016, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law a bill to create a workers' compensation fee schedule. As we have shared in prior newsletters, WCRI's research was widely used in policy debates.
  • Tennessee: In January 2016, a drug formulary was implemented. Findings from WCRI's study, Impact of a Texas-Like Formulary in Other States, was used in the debate.
  • Louisiana: In March 2016, Commissioner Jim Donelon of the Louisiana Department of Insurance mentioned our drug research in his testimony before the Louisiana House of Representatives Insurance Committee. Click here to view his testimony, which begins at 28:12 and ends at 29:45.
  • Pennsylvania: In March 2016, the Pennsylvania Labor & Industry Committee heard testimony on House Bill (HB) 1800, which would implement workers' compensation medical treatment guidelines. During testimony, those on both sides of the bill used findings from various WCRI studies, including our worker outcomes and opioid research, to ground the debate.  
Educating Diverse Groups

Apart from briefing key stakeholders, including senior public officials, in 15 states through WCRI's advisory committees, below is a sample of the diverse groups we shared our research with over the last three months.

Webinars hosted:
  • In January, we hosted a webinar comparing Georgia's workers' compensation system to other states. Of the 78 people registered, 22 percent were policymakers. 
Requests for research:
  • North Carolina Industrial Commission
  • Wisconsin Division of Workers' Compensation
In The News
Below is a small sample of the media coverage WCRI's research received over the last three months. Our conference alone generated over 50 articles. 
In This Issue

Conference Attendance Record Broken

We are proud to report that once again, we broke the previous year's conference attendance record. 

We have already begun planning for next year's conference and hope you will join us on March 2-3, 2017, at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA. 

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