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WCRI 2022 Conference Morning Day 2 – No Masks – Great Speakers

WCRI 2022 Conference Morning Day 2 – No Masks – Great Speakers Short- and Long-Term Consequences of COVID-19 Thu. Mar 17, 2022 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor Boston University School of Public Health BIO Sandro Galea is

WCRI 2022 Conference Afternoon Day 1 – No Masks – Great Speakers

To see the Day 1-morning sessions – click here WCRI 2022 Conference Afternoon Day 1 The Future of the Workplace after COVID-19 Wed. Mar 16, 2022 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Moderator Sebastian Negrusa, PhD Vice-President of Research WCRI Panelist Denise Algire Director of Risk Initiatives & National Medical Director

WCRI 2022 Conference Morning Day 1 – No Masks – Great Speakers

WCRI Conference Morning Day 1 – Dr. Bob Hartwig – Inflation Impact of Disruptions Caused by COVID-19 on Workers’ Compensation The 1980s were much worse – Inflation 2022 13.5% 2022 -7.5% Inflation Misery Index – Two years on, the disruptive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate throughout the

WCRI 2022 Conference Session – Workers Comp Since Nixon Report

WCRI 2022 Conference Session – How Has Workers Comp Performed Since 1972 Nixon Report? One of the more interesting WCRI 2022 Conference sessions should be how have the Workers Comp industry performed since the 1972 report.  The article that I wrote on the 1972 Nixon Administration report last month went

WCRI 2022 Annual Conference – Workers Comp Info Extravaganza

WCRI 2022 Annual Conference In-Persson Workers Comp Numbers 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

WCRI 2021 State of the States Presentation – The Past Rules

WCRI 2021 State of the States: Selective Findings The WCRI 2021 State of the States was extremely informative as it has been every year that I have attended the conference. Speakers: Bogdan Savych, Ph.D., Rebecca Yang, Ph.D. Dr. Savych compared much of what happened in the current pandemic with the

WCRI COVID-19 Impact and Effect on Claims and Medical Treatment

WCRI COVID-19 Session – Assessing the Impact Impact of COVID-19 and the Shutdown on Claims and the Delivery of Medical Care WCRI COVID-19 Session – Speakers: John Ruser, Ph.D., Olesya Fomenko, Ph.D. Dr. Fomenko covered much ground very quickly in her presentation.  She is probably one of the best presenters

WCRI Session That I Attended – Shocking Topicals Numbers

WCRI Session – Off-Label Prescribing and the Effects of Opioid-Related Policies WCRI Session Speakers: Vennela Thumula, PhD, Bogdan Savych, PhD The data from this WCRI (Workers Comp Research Institute) session yesterday provided indications of shocking increases in topicals.  The session also pointed out that the effects of state opioid-related policies

WCRI 2021 Virtual Conference Next Week – For Data, Reports And More

WCRI 2021 Virtual Conference -Definitely Worth It The WCRI 2021 Virtual Conference will be broadcasting on March 23rd and 24th.  This is a great way to spend two afternoons if you have the time.  I always learn something from their PhDs. Three of my favorite researchers will be presenting their

WCRI Day Two Conference – Morning – What I Learned Today

What I Learned Today at the WCRI Conference – 2020 I decided to split out the Mental Health Session into its own article. 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

Workers Comp Psychological Aftereffects – WCRI Conference Next Week

Workers Comp Psychological Effects – WCRI Session Next Week Workers’ Comp psychological effects are one of the unmentionables that the industry never really considers at the time of a claim. One of the unmentionables that receives little consideration in Workers Comp is the effect that the claims process has on

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 on the front row doing my Workers’

WCRI Annual Conference 2019 – Live Blogging – If My Wrists Hold Out

First Day – Morning Conferences – WCRI Annual Conference 2019 – Live Blogging If I make mistakes in this live blogging of the WCRI Annual Conference 2019, please excuse, this is live and I do not really go back and change  anything Beginning of WCRI Annual Conference 2019 Presenters KEYNOTE:

2018 WCRI Conference – Top 10 Things I Learned Over Two Days Time

Top 10 Bits of Information From The 2018 WCRI Conference The 2018 WCRI Conference was a smashing success – as every year.   The data given out was next to amazing – as every year.  I live blogged the 2018 WCRI Conference on this webpage.   Please excuse typos, etc. as I

WCRI 2018 Conference Boston MA – Blogging It Live

It is now time for the WCRI 2018 Conference live blogging. Please excuse any typos.   I am doing this live while the conference is proceeding.  If you want to check out any of the blogging live conferences I have done check here. Thursday WCRI 2018 Conference Schedule Dr. Erica Goshen

2017 WCRI Conference 2nd Morning Session Blogging Live

2017 WCRI Conference 2nd Morning Session Live Blogging – typing it as it happens STATE OF THE STATES The start of the 2017 WCRI Conference 2nd morning session will discuss some of the latest findings and trends seen across WCRI’s core benchmark studies, including WCRI’s 18-State CompScope™ Benchmarks reports, a

WCRI 2017 Conference Afternoon Sessions – Blogging Live

WCRI 2017 Conference Afternoon Sessions – Blogging Live Please note I only input the trends and not the exact numbers from some of the studies.  These studies are still in their preliminary phases.  WCRI OPIOID RESEARCH & HOW STATES ARE COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC This is the start of the

WCRI 2017 Conference – Blogging Live – Morning Sessions

WCRI 2017 Conference – Complete First Day Live Blog Morning Sessions of WCRI 2017 Conference  –   Please excuse any typos, etc.   This is a live conference blogging.   It will be updated every 10 minutes.  Dr. John Ruser – CEO Launching new website next week. New Logo Grand

Opioids and Marijuana – WCRI Conference – Big Time Discussions

Opioids and Marijuana Discussed @ Upcoming WCRI Conference The sessions will run consecutively – two interesting topics for Work Comp Opioids and marijuana will be two of many great topics.  WCRI is hosting their annual conference on March 2 -3, 2017.   I have attended the last five meetings and

WCRI Conference Blogging Live – Sharing Economy and WC

WCRI Conference Blogging Live The WCRI Annual Conference Blogging Live 2016. Presenter – Dr. Robert Hartwig- Insurance Information Institute Angie’s List On Demand Economy Handy TaskRabbit Washio Wedding Wire My Move AirBnB lyft Uber Insurance solutions are increasingly available for the sharing economy. Regulatory issues remain Gig Economy – Employee vs

CompScope WCRI Blogging Live – State of States

CompScope – State of the States – WCRI – Blogging Live States of the States WCRI CompScope annual conference 2016 Blogging Live. Preliminary  Research  – Subject to change – Two New States  – Kentucky and Georgia are being added to the CompScope(R) Wage Loss States that have wage loss and PPD

Opt Out 2nd Panel – WCRI Blogging Live – Boston MA

Opt Out 2nd Panel – WCRI Conference These are the Opt Out 2nd Panel of WCRI conference  blogging live. Presenters – Bruce C Wood- American Insurance Association Elizabeth Bailey- Waffle House Alan Pierce – Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group James Mills- Oklahoma Insurance Department Great Panel Bruce Wood- Basically not a

WCRI – Blogging Live – Controversial Opt Out Panels

Controversial Opt Out Panels The blogging live controversial Opt Out panels in WCRI Two Presenters – Trey Gillespie – Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America Bill Minick – PartnerSource Opt outs as a form of Workers Compensation coverage has been in Texas for quite some time.   Texas’s program has

WCRI Blogging Live- Crossing State Lines For Medical Care

WCRI Blogging Live – Medical Care This is the WCRI blogging live crossing States lines for Medical care Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC’s) – in New York City vs. New Jersey Preliminary Findings Dr. Brogdan Savych – medical researcher and author  for WCRI Shoulder Arthroscopies average ASC cost increased significantly from

California Medical Review and Dispute – Blogging WCRI Conference

California Medical Review and Dispute Blogging Live WCRI Conference California Medical review and dispute is a white hot topic amongst risk managers presently.  One of the hot sub-topics now is the amount of money charged for UR (Utilization Review) in California. In our claims loss run analyses, we find that

Blogging Live WCRI Comparing Workers Comp Outcomes Across States

WCRI – Blogging Live Comparing Workers Comp outcomes across states WCRI blogging  live. Subject to Further Research One of my favorite WCRI studies – hard work on this one Dr. Savych  and Dr. Thumula (WCRI) – presenters These two presenters presented the initial study data last year- 2015.  It was

WCRI – Blogging Live – Do Fee Schedules = WC Case Shifting?

WCRI – Blogging Live – Case Shifting and Fee Schedules WCRI WC Case Shifting and do fee schedules. Preliminary Findings Dr. Osleya Formenko – Author – Impressive- Received Her Doctorate From Our HQ City  Raleigh – UNC Dr John Gruber- Dartmouth Institute Dr. John Ruser – Presenter There are many numerous

Blogging Live WCRI 2016 Yearly Conference – Ground Rules

Blogging Live WCRI Conference 2016 Ground Rules OK, so there are a few ground rules with blogging live WCRI Conference. Please excuse any typos or any weird looking info.   I am trying to follow the presenters, not necessarily the slides they present as to include info that will not

Reforms – WCRI Conference Texas, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Florida

Reforms – WCRI Conference Reforms – WCRI – States – Texas, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Florida presented on the effects of reforms that were enacted in each respective state. Texas- 270 insurance companies 2.2 billion in direct written premiums Texas had pre-reform- High medical costs– over-utilization Poor Return to Work outcomes

Selected State Reforms And Their Effect – WCRI – Blogging Live

Selected State Reforms And Their Effect Selected State Reforms And Their Effect – The Effects of An Increase in Maximum Weekly Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits or Fee Schedules Impact On Medical Costs – Indiana – 18% of injured employees had hit the maximum, after the reform – 12% of

State By State Analyses – ALAE Allocated Adjustment Expenses – WCRI Blogging Live

ALAE Allocated Adjustment Expenses The ALAE Allocated Adjustment Expenses of state by state analyses. State by State Comparison of ALAE – represent 10 to 20% across States Moderator- Ramona Tanabe California highest overall Medical Management ALAE – Highest states are Louisiana and New Jersey- interesting that the top two did not

Price Impact – Workers Comp Fee Schedules WCRI Blogging Live

Workers Comp Fee Schedules WCRI Blogging Live Workers Comp Fee schedules have long been discussed in this blog.  One of the best methods for a reduction in the premium employers pay for WC is by instituting or modifying fee schedules. Workers Comp Fee schedules are a balancing act.  A fee

WCRI – Physician Dispensing Costs and Consequences

Physician Dispensing Costs and Consequences WCRI – Physician dispensing costs and consequences major findings Most reforms are price focused Prices paid for physician dispensed drugs decreased substantially after post-reform Fewer physician dispensed drugs after reform Reforms may not be sustainable due to new drug strengths 18 states made changes to

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impact on WC Case Shifting – Live WCRI

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impact on The Future of WC WCRI – Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impact on WC – Case Shifting was presented by Dr. Richard Victor– the outgoing Director of WCRI. A very popular question that WCRI receives very often. Whether or not the Affordable Care Act as a cost

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) Cost Factors – WCRI- Live

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) Four State Comparison Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) Cost Factors.  Difference for same type of surgery = 300%  between the states. Neighboring states – MD and VA or NY and CT  have  large differences  in ASC charges. Fee schedule states ASC’s usually charge less.  Variability of ASC charges

Texas Reforms Results Analysis – WCRI – Blogging Live

Texas Reforms – WCRI Conference – Live blogging The new Texas reforms  were presented along with the preliminary results. This is a very informative conference-session. The current  session is pre- and-post reforms in the state of TX. This example could be applied to other states with upcoming or in-place reforms

WCRI (Workers Comp Research Conference) – Reporting Live

WCRI (Workers Comp Research Conference) Workers Comp Research Conference reporting live. First Session is ACA (American Healthcare Act) effects on Workers Comp.  Dr. Jon Gruber–  Wow this conference is packed.   Kudos to WCRI.   Everyone from WCRI was very helpful and hooked me up to the hotel wireless system



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