WCRI Quarterly Newsletter: 4th Quarter (Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016)
Where Our Work Was Used
Gov. Baker citing our work while rolling out a new pilot. 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.
  • National: WCRI's reports on workers' compensation laws and worker outcomes were cited in a U.S. Department of Labor report, Does the Workers' Compensation System Fulfill Its Obligations to Injured Workers?
  • Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker cited our research on the use of opioids among injured workers in Massachusetts as justification for rolling out a new program to curb opioid addiction among injured workers.
  • Tennessee: WCRI's CEO and president, Dr. John Ruser, was invited to brief the Tennessee Department of Labor & Industry's Medical Payment Committee on two of our studies: Designing Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Schedules, 2016 and WCRI Medical Price Index for Workers' Compensation, Eighth Edition.
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    ommittee advises the state's workers' compensation administrator on issues relating to the medical fee schedule and medical care cost containment in the  workers' compensation system.  
  • Florida: The Florida State Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance held a meeting on workers' compensation insurance. WCRI's July 2013 study, Physician Dispensing in Workers' Compensation, was cited in a report on cost drivers in workers' compensation that was made available at the meeting by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
  • Kentucky: Our research was cited by a medical doctor in testimony at an October meeting of the Kentucky Workers' Compensation Task Force. In his testimony, the doctor said WCRI's research "should be used in reference to the system.....its comparative research on various states can be helpful in making beneficial changes to the system."
  • North Carolina: At a public meeting of the North Carolina Industrial Commission regarding its workers' compensation medical fee schedule, several WCRI's studies were cited by people providing testimony.
Educating Diverse Groups

Carol Telles B elow is a sample of the diverse groups we shared our research with over the last three months. 

Those we briefed/shared our research with:
  • Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC) 
  • Wisconsin Labor-Management Advisory Council
  • Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims
  • Missouri Insurance Coalition
Conferences where we presented:
Webinars hosted:
  • In October, we held a free webinar for over 700 people on our latest opioid research. 
  • In December we hosted a webinar on the impact of state reforms on physician dispensing and emerging trends of new drug strengths. Of the 81 people registered, 28 were policymakers.
In The News
Below is a sample of the media coverage WCRI's research received over the last three months. Note: you need a subscription to view some of these articles.
WCRI Conference
Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn and former U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman will discuss the impact of the 2016 election on health care, labor, and workers' compensation at our  annual conference,  March 2-3, 2017, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. The two former federal lawmakers will kick off the conference on Thursday, March 2, at 9 AM.  Click here  to read more.
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