Registration for 2015 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference Now Open

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The WCRI conference is a leading workers’ compensation forum for policymakers, employers, labor advocates, insurance executives, health care organizations, claims managers, researchers and others. Conference participants will leave with new insights, valuable networking contacts and a better understanding of key issues in today’s competitive environment.

Photo from the 2014 WCRI conference.

As the original source of ’Big Data’ for workers’ compensation, I find the WCRI conference unique in that their insights engage all of the parties associated with workers’ compensation in a data-driven discussion on improving the system itself.

After enjoying record-breaking attendance at their last conference, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) officially opened registration today for their 2015 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, March 5-6, 2015, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.

The theme of the conference is “Resilience or Renovation.” The workers’ compensation system has evolved to serve workers and employers for over 100 years―a testament to the resilience of state compensation systems. Many adjustments in both scope and processes have been required to adapt to changing economic conditions, major workforce and industrial shifts, societal expectations and political forces.

In addition to previewing new WCRI research findings, the conference program will explore whether workers’ compensation systems around the country are sufficiently resilient to adapt to the next wave of major challenges. The conference will address the following two questions:

1)    What lessons can we learn about resiliency from two decades of reforms? To identify such lessons, we will draw upon case studies of states with relatively stable post-reform systems.

2)    What are the upcoming challenges facing the workers’ compensation system that some argue may lead to major renovations, and how might the systems respond? Examples include pandemics, opt-out, aging population and the law of causation, as well as new challenges to the constitutionality of the state programs.

Vincent Armentano, senior vice president with Travelers, says this conference has something for everyone. “As the original source of ‘big data’ for workers’ compensation, I find the WCRI conference unique in that their insights engage all of the parties associated with workers’ compensation in a data-driven discussion on improving the system itself,” said Armentano.

The WCRI conference, now in its 31st year, is a leading workers’ compensation forum for policymakers, employers, labor advocates, insurance executives, health care organizations, claims managers, researchers and others. Conference participants will leave with new insights, valuable networking contacts and a better understanding of key issues in today’s competitive environment.

“Whether you are managing workers’ compensation claims, involved in strategic planning, concerned with medical costs and utilization or just looking for a better understanding of workers' compensation―this conference provides unique and valuable information,” said Ramona Tanabe, WCRI’s deputy director and counsel.

There are a limited number of hotel rooms at the conference hotel, and a discounted, early-bird registration rate is available for a limited time. For more information about the conference or to register, click on the following link: http://www.wcrinet.org/conference.html.

The Cambridge-based WCRI is an independent, non-partisan research center that is recognized as a leader in providing high-quality, objective information about public policy issues involving workers' compensation systems.

ABOUT WCRI:

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. Since 1983, WCRI has been a catalyst for significant improvements in workers' compensation systems around the world with its objective, credible and high-quality research. WCRI's members include employers; insurers; governmental entities; managed care companies; health care providers; insurance regulators; state labor organizations; and state administrative agencies in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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