Cambridge, MA – Former Governor Howard Dean and former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg will participate in a conversation at the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Annual Issues & Research Conference, February 27–28, at the Boston Marriott Cambridge.
As the U.S. Congress nears the fiscal cliff deadline of March 1, 2013, Dean and Gregg’s conversation will prove to be a timely discussion about the fiscal and healthcare challenges that will shape our children’s futures.
In addition to this session, a section of the conference is dedicated to the urgency and magnitude of the opioid epidemic. The emphasis will be on strategies to control opioid abuse and diversion. WCRI researchers will present evidence about the problem in workers’ compensation, while Dr. Karin Mack of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will expand the conversation beyond workers’ compensation.
In response to the challenges identified in these and the other program discussions, WCRI has chosen the theme, “Understanding the Urgency for Reducing Unnecessary Medical Care and Costs.” The conference will explore some of the following questions:
- How much unnecessary care is there? Where do we find it?
- Why the urgency?
- How much time do we have? What will delay cost us?
- Can the political system deliver?
- How do we preserve good patient outcomes?
WCRI’s conference is a leading workers’ compensation forum for policymakers, employers, labor advocates, insurance executives, health care organizations, claims managers, and researchers, among others, and draws attendees from across the nation.
More information about the conference as well as registration is available here: WCRI Issues & Research Conference