Cambridge, MA – Actionable information to real-world issues facing the nation’s workers’ compensation system will be presented at the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) 31st Annual Issues & Research Conference, scheduled for March 5-6, 2015 at the Westin Hotel in Boston, MA.
Steve Perroots, Vice President of Global Claims at Marriott International, Inc. says WCRI’s conference is not to be missed. “Our industry has the responsibility to continually improve the workers’ compensation process for all parties involved. An important component of successfully meeting this goal is having accurate and relevant data to rely on. The information provided at WCRI’s conference impressively fulfills this role.”
The theme of the conference is “Resilience or Renovation.” The workers’ compensation system has evolved to serve workers and employers for over 100-years―a testament to the resilience of state compensation systems. In addition to previewing new WCRI research findings, the conference program will explore whether workers’ compensation systems around the country are sufficiently resilient to adapt to the next wave of major challenges.
The two-day program highlights the first presentations of WCRI’s latest research findings while drawing upon the diverse perspectives of highly respected workers’ compensation experts and policymakers from across the country. This year’s agenda focuses on highly visible challenges and innovative approaches for key issues in workers’ compensation, such as:
- Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on shifting cases from group health to workers’ compensation
- Cost and consequences of physician dispensing
- Perverse effects of low fee schedules
- Resilience of the workers’ compensation system with lessons from two decades of reforms
- Challenges that might lead to renovation of the workers’ compensation system
For one attendee, this will be his eighth WCRI conference. “The experience is exceedingly valuable,” said Hank Patterson, a partner with Patterson Harkavy LLP, which is counsel to the North Carolina AFL-CIO. “The conference affords the opportunity to consider diverse views on major developments in the workers’ compensation systems. It is a unique opportunity to hear about the current studies from the authors themselves.”
The WCRI conference, now in its 31st year, is a leading workers’ compensation forum for policymakers, employers, labor advocates, insurance executives, health care organizations, claims managers, researchers and others. Conference participants will leave with new insights, valuable networking contacts and a better understanding of key issues in today’s competitive environment.
For more information about the conference or to register, visit http://www.wcrinet.org/conference.html.