Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) News

Delaware Law Cut Workers’ Compensation Medical Claim Costs by 33%: WCRI

A Delaware workers’ compensation law passed in 2014 has succeeded in lowering workers’ compensation medical claim costs, new research shows. The report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found the average medical payment per claim decreased about 33% between …

Chiropractic Care Linked to Lower Injured Workers’ Costs, Faster Return to Work

Chiropractors are involved in only a small fraction of workers’ compensation claims for low back pain in states where insurers or employers control the choice of medical provider, but a report released this week suggests that skepticism about runaway costs …

Workers’ Compensation Insurers Find That as Opioid Cost Slows, Marijuana Grows

Workers’ compensation insurers have slashed spending on opioids, reducing the risk of addiction and delayed recovery, but now they are under increasing pressure to reimburse injured workers for a new kind of elixir. Six states now allow or require insurers …

People Moves: WCRI Adds Negrusa; WTW’s Atkinson, Pokora Move to Marsh; WTW Appoints Drummond, Romano

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that Dr. Sebastian Negrusa has joined the Cambridge, Mass.-based Institute to manage its research programs and accelerate WCRI’s focus on new topics in workers’ compensation. An economist and expert in labor and health …

Workers’ Compensation Research Study Shows No Treatment Delays Due to COVID

COVID-19 did not delay medical treatment for workers’ compensation claimants, but did decrease the amount of emergency care and other services provided to injured workers, a study released by the Workers’ Compensation Institute concludes. Research by WCRI economist Olesya Fomenko …

No Delays Found in Medical Care for Workers’ Compensation Claimants During COVID

Despite potential obstacles posed by the coronavirus pandemic, injured workers experienced no meaningful delays in access to medical treatment under their employers’ workers’ compensation programs during the pandemic. Research from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) also shows that states …

How COVID Effect on Workers’ Compensation Claims Has Varied by State, Industry

The percentage of COVID-19 claims among all workers’ compensation paid claims has varied greatly among states and occupations, as has the decrease in non-COVID claims, new research shows. The percentage of COVID-19 claims among all workers’ compensation paid claims ranged …

Expansion of Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 in 6 States Created Narrow Benefit

While at least 17 states have passed laws or issued orders that expanded access to workers’ compensation benefits for employees who contract COVID-19, many of those directives are creating new exposure for only a sliver of the workforce, new research …

As Doctors Prescribe Fewer Opioids for Injured Workers, What Do They Offer Instead?

The good news is that doctors are less likely to prescribe opioids to injured workers than they were years ago. They have come to recognize that the pain medications have been overprescribed, causing addictions and deaths including suicides. The bad …

Analysis: How a Recession Affects Return to Work by Injured Workers

With the COVID-19 virus causing economic disruption, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute would like to share the findings from a study it published in 2010 that sheds light on how a typical recession affects the return to work of injured …