Workers’ Compensation Research Institute News

Analysis: Recession, Fear of Job Loss, and Return to Work

With the COVID-19 virus causing economic disruption, The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute would like to share the findings from a study we published in 2010 that sheds light on how a typical recession affects the return to work of injured …

Work Comp Insurers Find Doctors Willing to Bend When Asked to Curb Opioid Use

Workers’ compensation insurers are reporting dramatic reductions in opioid use by injured workers. In some cases, all it took was asking doctors to stop renewing prescriptions. A peer-reviewed study by Mitchell International and Utah’s WCF Mutual Insurance Co. found that …

WCRI Report Shows Wide Variety in How States Control Work Comp Medical Costs

Workers’ compensation medical costs vary widely among the states both in terms of price and how often services are used. The differences appear to relate closely to which cost-drivers each state legislature tried to control and which were overlooked, according …

WCRI Medical Index Reasserts that Medical Prices Lower in Fee Schedule States

The second Workers’ Compensation Research Institute study released this month concludes that medical treatment for injured workers costs more and prices are growing faster in states that don’t have fee schedules. WCRI reported Thursday that in 30 states without fee …

Research Finds No Improvement in Worker Outcomes When Medical Prices Increase

When the price of physician services increases relative to group health rates, injured workers report fewer problems getting the care they want but no significant improvement in physical function or speedier return to work, according to a study released Thursday …

WCRI: States Without Work Comp Fee Schedules Paying the Price

The dwindling number of states that have no fee schedule, or that set fees according to a percentage of billed charges, are paying far more for outpatient surgery than states that have adopted some version of Medicare’s payment system, according …

Do High Health Plan Deductibles Lead to More Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Are employees injured at work more likely to file under workers’ compensation instead of group health insurance when their group health plan has a higher deductible? The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found evidence they do in a new study …

WCRI Study Examines Trends in N.Y. Workers’ Comp System

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in Massachusetts has published a new report that examines the performance of the New York workers’ compensation system following reforms enacted in 2007. The new WCRI study, titled “Monitoring Trends in the New York …