Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) News

WCRI: North Carolina Workers Comp Indemnity Benefits Higher Than Other States

North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system had the highest indemnity benefits per claim of 17 states in a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study, which can serve as a baseline to observe the effects of 2011 reforms to the state’s …

More States Eye Use of Drug Formularies in Workers’ Compensation

While workers’ compensation pharmacy benefit managers have been utilizing drug formularies to control prescription drugs costs and monitor medical treatments for a long time, states are now catching on. Drug formularies are lists of prescription drugs that are considered appropriate …

How Group Health Claims-Shifting Affects Workers’ Compensation: WCRI

Workers’ compensation insurers should expect more cost shifting from group health plans as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes hold, according to new research from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The claims shift is already …

Who Is Tough Enough for a Conference in Wintry Boston?

It was 78 degrees and sunny yesterday when Tammy Perdue was packing her suitcase and the local forecast called for more of the same all week. Perdue, general counsel for Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) in Tallahassee, is on her …

Study Finds Workplace Trust a Predictor of Comp Outcomes in Arkansas

A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Arkansas improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury ― leading …

Study Finds New Predictors of Workers’ Comp Outcomes in Iowa

A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Iowa improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury ― leading …

Pill Mill Law Shifts Prescriptions From Opioids to Weaker Meds: WCRI

A law banning physicians from dispensing certain strong opioids discouraged the doctors from prescribing those drugs at all, according to a new study, which also found that the doctors dispensed weaker nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and other medications to injured …

Workers’ Comp Medical Payment Costs Fall in Illinois: Study

Reforms enacted in 2011 continue to drive down the cost of medical care for injured workers in Illinois, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). According to the report, CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Illinois, 15th …

Firing Fear Among New Predictors of Workers’ Comp Outcomes: WCRI

Workers’ compensation researchers have identified anxiety over being fired and other new predictors of worker outcomes that they say can help public officials, payors and health care providers improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury …

Medical Payments per Claim for Injured Workers in Louisiana Rising

Payments per claim for the medical care of injured workers in Louisiana were higher and growing faster than in most states, according to a 16-state study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The WCRI study, CompScope Medical Benchmarks for …