March 21, 2017

WCRI Launches Redesign of Website with New Logo, Releases Annual Report

WCRI

Cambridge, MA – In an effort to help policymakers and other stakeholders find the latest research on some of the most significant issues impacting state workers’ compensation systems, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) recently announced that it has launched a redesign of its website along with a new logo. The site can be…[Continue Reading]

MN DLI: Long-term Downward Trend Continues in Workers’ Comp Claims, Insurance Cost

MN DLI

St. Paul, MN – The Department of Labor and Industry recently released its 2015 Minnesota Workers’ Compensation System Report, which found that the number of paid workers’ compensation claims fell 53 percent relative to the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees from 1997 to 2015. The number of paid claims fell from 8.7 per…[Continue Reading]

CWCI Score Card: High Volume, Low Costs for Work Comp Claims in CA’s Northern Tier

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) recently issued its 7th Regional Score Card, providing data on claims filed by workers from California’s nine northernmost counties for job injuries that occurred between 2005 and 2015. The Scorecard analyzed data from 63,000 claims that resulted in $738 million…[Continue Reading]

The Hartford Chairman & CEO Swift Reelected Chairman of AIA Board of Directors

American Insurance Association

Washington, DC – The American Insurance Association (AIA) recently announced that Christopher J. Swift, chairman, and CEO of The Hartford was unanimously reelected as Chairman of AIA’s Board of Directors at its March Board meeting. Swift was first elected AIA’s Chairman in 2016. “I congratulate Chris on his unanimous reelection as…[Continue Reading]

Denise Niber Named CWCI Claims and Medical Director

California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI)

Oakland, CA – Denise Niber has been named Claims and Medical Director of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) according to Alex Swedlow, President of the Oakland-based research organization. Ms. Niber will take over the position from Brenda Ramirez who is planning to retire in June after having served in…[Continue Reading]

New WCRI Study Monitors Trends in New York Workers’ Compensation System

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – Trends in the performance of the New York workers’ compensation system following reforms enacted in 2007 are monitored in a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). “The regular monitoring of system performance helps policymakers and system stakeholders focus attention on…[Continue Reading]

TDI-DWC Research & Evaluation Group Proposes FY 2017 Research Agenda

Texas Dept of Insurance (TDI)

Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) recently announced that it is accepting comment on the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Research Agenda of the Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG). Labor Code § 405.0026 requires the REG to prepare and publish annually…[Continue Reading]

New WCRI Study Evaluates Impact of 2015 and 2016 Fee Schedule Changes in Delaware

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – A new study recently released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) evaluates the early impact of Delaware House Bill (HB) 373, which had a goal to reduce medical expenses in the state’s workers’ compensation system by 33 percent over three years. The study, Evaluation of the 2015 and 2016 Fee Schedule[Continue Reading]

ACP Issues Guideline for Low Back Pain, Emphasizes Non-Drug Therapies

American College of Physicians

Philadelphia, PA – The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends in an evidence-based clinical practice guideline recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine that physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal…[Continue Reading]

WCRI Conference to Host Back to Back Sessions on Opioids

Workers' Compensation Research Institute

Cambridge, MA – The latest opioid prescribing trends, first-hand accounts of how states are combating the opioid epidemic, and alternatives to opioids will be discussed during two exciting sessions at the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 2-3, 2017, at the Westin Copley Place…[Continue Reading]

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