WCRI News

What Value-Based Contracting Means to the Workers’ Comp Industry

Value-based contracting (VBC) widely used in the healthcare system is now a hot topic in the workers’ comp industry, according to a Coventry whitepaper released earlier this year. Though widely discussed among industry stakeholders, a common definition for the practice …

WCRI: Price Reforms Reduce Costs of Doctor Dispensed Drugs in Some States

With many states making changes to rules governing reimbursement for physician-dispensed pharmaceuticals, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released a study today that sheds a light on the impact of price-focused reforms on the frequency and costs of physician-dispensed prescriptions. …

WCRI: Illinois Still Seeing Impact of 2011 Workers’ Compensation Reform Law

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois decreased 6.4 percent since 2010, but remained higher than most of the 17 other states, according to a report released last month by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). “The …

WCRI: Wide Variation in Worker Attorney Involvement Among States

There is a notable difference in the percentage of workers’ compensation claimants that retained attorneys across 18 state workers’ compensation systems, according to a new report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). According to the study, the percentage of …

WCRI: Provider Choice Increases Back Injury-Related Workers’ Comp Costs

A new study released by Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute outlines the effect of provider choice policies on workers’ compensation costs. The study reviews the relationship between workers’ compensation costs and provider choice laws. Data on workers’ comp injuries that …

Workers’ Comp Programs Assist Workers in Addiction Fight

Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while …

Business News: Texas Mutual, TTA Appraisal, EagleView, WCRI

Texas Mutual Launches Free e-Learning Tool Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, recently launched a free workplace safety training tool for policyholders called e-Learning. e-Learning gives business owners access to a library of more …

WCRI’s 8 State Study Reveals Reforms Slow to Reduce Physician Dispensing

Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released eight separate studies this week that examine the impact of state reforms to the rules for drugs dispensed by doctors from their offices to injured workers. The eight states studied are Connecticut, Florida, …

Nearly All Doctors Prescribe Opioids for Longer Than Recommended

Most doctors – 99 percent – are prescribing highly addictive opioid medicines for longer than the three-day period recommended, according to a national survey. Twenty-three percent prescribe at least a month’s worth of opioids. Also, according to the survey by …

WCRI: Louisiana Medical Payments Per Workers’ Comp Claim Remain Stable

Growth in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Louisiana slowed from 2011 to 2013, in part due to decreases in utilization of hospital and non-hospital care, according to a recent study by the Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). …