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WCRI 2022 Annual Conference – Workers Comp Info Extravaganza

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The WCRI 2022 Annual Conference will be back to in-person on March 16 – 17 at the Westin Copley Square in Boston, MA.  If you have not signed up, you should do so soon.  Let us look at what they will be covering at the best data conference of them all.

If you have not heard about the organization – the WCRI acronym stands for Workers Comp Research Institute.  I have attended many of their conferences over the years.  The last one was in 2020 – just days before the pandemic hit, I used to blog the conferences live, but my typing has slowed down a bit over the last few years.

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Yes, you will have to show a vaccine card.  It is not WCRI’s rule.  It is the City of Boston’s law.  Whether you stay at the Westin or any hotel in Boston, you will have to show a vaccine card.

The next section is an example of what you will see at the conference is a study by Dr. Savych.  He appears often in my articles.  He headed a research project that surveyed injured employees after their claim was resolved.  Check out this article on his study and the one element that sets the tone in a Workers comp claim most of the time.

2022 WCRI Annual Conference Session – Provider Consolidation

Today, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced that preliminary results from the WCRI study Effect of Provider Consolidation on Payments for Medical Care Provided to Workers with Injuries will be shared at the Institute’s 38th Annual Issues & Research Conference,

“Consolidation of medical providers has been a steady trend in the United States,” said John Ruser, WCRI president and CEO. “While the forces shaping consolidation of medical providers are external to workers’ compensation, they can affect prices of medical services, quality of care, access to providers, treatment patterns, costs of care, as well as worker outcomes. This is one of several preliminary studies we will be sharing at our annual conference, giving attendees a first look.”

In the session, Dr. Bogdan Savych, WCRI author and policy analyst, will share preliminary findings from this new study while addressing the following questions:

  • What are the trends in the consolidation of medical providers who provide care to workers with injuries, and how do these trends differ across states?
  • What are the implications of increasing consolidation for access to medical providers?
  • What is the impact of increasing consolidation of medical providers on payments for workers’ compensation medical care?

Other Conference Sessions

  • Impact of Disruptions Caused by COVID-19 on Workers’ Compensation – Dr. Robert Hartwig
  • Patterns and Outcomes of Chiropractic Care – Dongchun Wang
  • The Future of the Workplace after COVID-19 -Panel Discussion
  • Impact of Drug Formularies in the Various States – Dr, Vennela Thummula
  • The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World – Joe Keohane
  • Short- and Long-Term Consequences of COVID-19 -Epidemiologist
  • State of the States: Selective Findings- this is the numbers session
  • State of the Workers Compensation System – post-Nixon Administration study

Go to this link if you are interested in attending the conference.  I rank the 2022 WCRI Annual Conference as a totally worth it event.

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt 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.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

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.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

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:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
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  • Various trade publications

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