Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) News

Workers’ Compensation Still Under Pressure from Drug Repackagers, Compounding Pharmacies

Though the number of physician dispensed prescriptions has declined considerably from just a few years ago, the workers’ compensation industry continues to battle a market seeking to maintain high prices by changing drug strength and formulations. The impact of physician …

WCRI: Wisconsin Medical Payments per Workers’ Comp Claim Higher than Typical

A new study by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that Wisconsin’s medical payments per workers’ compensation claim were higher than typical for 2015 injuries evaluated as of March 2016. While growth in Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation medical payments …

Several States See Drop in Opioid-Related Workers’ Compensation Claims: WCRI

As states institute opioid policies to address the opioid epidemic, a new study has found considerable decreases in the prevalence of longer-term dispensing of opioids to injured workers in a number of states studied. The study, Longer-Term Dispensing of Opioids, …

States See Mixed Results from Reforms Targeting Physician-Dispensed Drugs: WCRI

A new study has found that state reforms to control the costs of prescription drugs by targeting reimbursements for physicians dispensing them are having some effect but that physician-dispensing still accounts for a large share of prescription drug costs in …

WCRI Researchers Compare States on Injured Workers Returning to Work

From 10 to 18 percent of injured workers never reach “substantial return to work,” according to new research by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) comparing outcomes for injured workers in six states. In its study, Comparing Outcomes for Injured …

Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits Fall Short for Injured Workers: WCRI

Adequacy of income benefits is one of the long-standing concerns about the performance of workers’ compensation systems. However, there is little known about whether income benefits (also called wage-loss or indemnity benefits) provide adequate financial support for injured workers. According …

Injured Worker Attorney Involvement Varies Widely by State

There is a wide variation in the percentage of claims with worker attorneys involvement across state workers’ compensation systems, according to the latest research from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). According to the study of 18 states, the percentage …

Indiana Injured Worker Benefits Rise, but Per Claim Cost Still Low

Income benefits paid to Indiana’s injured workers through workers’ compensation claims rose nearly 5 percent between 2014 and 2015, a Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study found. “The recent increase in Indiana’s indemnity benefits per claim may partly reflect the …

Cost of Workers’ Comp Claim Down in Illinois but Still High: WCRI

The average total cost of a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois has dropped by 6.4 percent since 2010, but the state still has relatively high costs per claim, according to a report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The …

Why Workers’ Compensation Is Especially Needed Now: Report from WCRI Conference

After decades of managing costs for employers, it’s time for workers’ compensation professionals and public policymakers to turn their attention to the needs of injured workers and think of themselves more as players in a broader safety net, workers’ compensation …