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WCRI 2020 Annual Conference Next Month – Show Me The Data + Secret


The WCRI 2020 Annual Conference – Data and Study Paradise  –  Thursday, March 5th – 6th

The WCRI  2020 Annual Conference (Workers Comp Research Institute) heads back to Boston this year.  Last year, the Conference was held in  Phoenix.

I will be there in the front row doing my Workers’ Comp Press duties.  The Conference will not be blogged live this year as in the past.  I will write articles from the day’s sessions.

Pic of 2022 WCRI Annual Conference Paul Revere Statue Boston
(c) Wiki Public Use – Nihcolas Babaian

The conference remains one of the “worth it” places to be for all things Workers’ Compensation.  A few of the conferences have faded a little over the years – not this one.   The conference covers 1.5 days, which sounds short but you will be overloaded with data that spark your own ideas and interests.

Below is the conference happening sheet and a place to sign up.  The seafood alone is worth the trip.  Cold water seafood is the best.

The secret – WCRI shows some of the data that has not been published yet – be ahead of the curve, and no they never asked me to place anything about their conference, studies, or webinars in this blog.   I do it because they have the best non-influenced data in the Workers’ Comp business – plain and simple.  



Day 1 – Thursday, March 5, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Welcome & Introductions

Mr. Steve Perroots, Marriott International, Inc.
Chair, WCRI Board of Directors

Dr. John W. Ruser, WCRI
President and CEO

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Generational Differences and Stereotypes in the Workplace

In this session, Jennifer Deal ─ Wall Street Journal Experts panel contributor, author of several books, and senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership ─ will discuss her research on generational differences and stereotypes in the workplace.

10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. | Networking Break

10:35 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. | How Injuries, Claims, and Outcomes Change with Age

The age distribution of the workforce is projected to change in the next 10 years. The large cohort of baby boomers will have largely retired, shifting the age distribution toward younger workers.

11:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Management

WCRI’s latest research finds the frequency of opioid dispensing is decreasing while non-opioid and non-pharmacologic pain treatments have increased.

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Luncheon

1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. | Economic Cycles and Their Impact on the Labor Market

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Michael Horrigan who is the president of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and a former Associate Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2:25 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Business Cycles and Their Impact on Workers’ Compensation

In this session, learn more from John Ruser from WCRI and Len Herk from NCCI about the impact of economic upturns and downturns on workers’ compensation claims and how macroeconomic factors influence the frequency of injuries, claims duration, and medical utilization and costs.

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Highlights from WCRI’s State Inventory Studies

This session will highlight information from WCRI’s inventory studies (e.g., prescription drugs, workers’ compensation laws, medical cost containment, etc.) to outline key regulatory provisions in today’s workers’ compensation environment.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Announcements & Adjourn

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | General Networking Reception

Day 2 – Friday, March 6, 2020

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | State of the States: Selective Findings

This session features selective findings and trends seen across WCRI’s core benchmark studies, including our 18-state CompScope™ Benchmarks reports, a multistate benchmarking program that measures the performance of a growing number of state workers’ compensation systems.  One set of findings will focus on readmission and reoperation rates as seen below.

Readmission and Reoperation Rates among Workers’ Compensation Patients

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, two of the main indicators of surgical quality are whether patients are readmitted or reoperated upon after a surgical procedure.

Everything you need to know about the conference:

 Dates and Location

  • Thursday, March 5 – Friday 6, 2020
  • Westin Copley Place
    10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
  • Telephone: 617-262-9600

 Conference Hours

  • Thursday, March 5: 9am to 4:30pm
  • Friday, March 6: 9:30am to 12:30pm

 Additional Details

  • Dress is business casual
  • Luncheon will be provided on Thursday, March 5th in America South, 4th Floor Westin Copley
  • A networking reception will be held from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on Thursday evening, March 6th in the America Foyer, 4th Floor Westin Copley
  • Information on CE credits will be made available shortly
  • By attending the conference, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded and to the use of any photos/film/recordings.

 Registration Hours & Locations

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2pm to 4pm in Carriage Entrance, Westin Copley Place
  • Thursday, March 5, 7am to 4pm in America Foyer, 4th Floor, Westin Copley Place
  • Friday, March 6, 7am to 12pm in America Foyer, 4th Floor, Westin Copley Place

 Registration Fees

Early Registration (by February 13, 2020)

WCRI Member: $525

WCRI Associate Member: $195

Non-Member: $875

Spouse: $80

Regular Registration (after February 13, 2020)

WCRI Member: $575

WCRI Associate Member: $225

Non-Member: $975

Spouse: $80


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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

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James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

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James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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