Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) News

How Workers’ Compensation Outpatient Costs Compare Across States by Fee Regulation

Hospital outpatient payments were higher and growing faster in states with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations or no fee schedules, finds a study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) that compares 35 states. States with percent-of-charge-based fee regulations had substantially higher …

How Prices for Injured Workers’ Medical Professional Care Compare in 35 States: WCRI

Prices paid for medical professional services vary significantly across states, ranging from 26 percent below the median in Florida to 158 percent above median in Wisconsin, according to a 35-state study. States with no fee schedules for professional services had …

WCRI: Work Comp Costs per Claim High, Growing in Louisiana

Workers’ compensation total costs per claim in Louisiana were the highest in a recent study of 18 states conducted by Cambridge, Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), the organization announced. The study, CompScope Benchmarks for Louisiana, 18th Edition, found the …

How Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Use; Saves Lives, Money

Medical marijuana laws could be a boon to those battling the opioid epidemic, according to researchers who have identified a link between increased access to medical marijuana and a reduction in opioid prescriptions. The studies suggest medical marijuana laws (MMLs) …

How Trump Policies Contribute to Dire Scenario for Workers’ Compensation

At a time when the nation’s workers’ compensation system is facing an aging workforce and a pending widespread labor shortage, federal policies on immigration and health insurance promise to exacerbate these challenges and contribute to causing far more claims and …

WCRI: Michigan Medical Payments per Work Comp Claim Relatively Low

Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Michigan were among the lowest of 18 state workers’ compensation systems analyzed in a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Michigan, 18th Edition, examined …

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 …