WCRI Announces 2016 Conference Theme―Understanding Today to Prepare for Tomorrow

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Providing a deeper understanding of emerging issues facing the nation’s workers compensation systems is the focus of the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) 32nd Annual Issues & Research Conference, scheduled for March 10-11, 2016, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.

Photo from WCRI's last conference.

Photo from WCRI's last conference.

Only through research and monitoring can we develop an understanding of how these issues impact workers’ compensation and what solutions might be available to address any challenges they raise.

Providing a deeper understanding of emerging issues facing the nation’s workers compensation systems is the focus of the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) 32nd Annual Issues & Research Conference, scheduled for March 10-11, 2016, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.

The workers’ compensation system has served workers and employers well for over 100 years, in part, because it has adapted to changes in the economy, delivery of medical services, and other factors. Some of the emerging issues that may require the system to adapt include the growth of the sharing economy, medical marijuana, and new strengths and formulations of drugs that are being dispensed at much higher prices than traditional strengths.

Only through research and monitoring can we develop an understanding of how these issues impact workers’ compensation and what solutions might be available to address any challenges they raise. That is why the theme of WCRI’s 2016 conference is “Understanding Today to Prepare for Tomorrow.”

The two-day program highlights presentations of WCRI’s latest research findings while drawing upon the diverse perspectives of highly respected workers’ compensation experts and policymakers from across the country. In addition to some of the topics mentioned above, topics to be discussed are the following:

  • Understanding How Workers Are Faring in Today’s System
  • Managing Medical Prices While Ensuring Access to Quality Health Care
  • Monitoring Claim Shifts to the Workers’ Compensation System
  • Timely and Sustainable Return to Work
  • Tracking Medical Price Inflation
  • Trends and Comparisons between State Workers’ Compensation Systems

“Whether you are managing workers’ compensation claims, concerned about adequate care and return to work for injured workers, focused on medical costs and utilization, or just looking for a better understanding of workers' compensation—this conference provides unique and valuable information,” said John Ruser, WCRI’s executive director.

The WCRI conference, now in its 32nd 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. For more information or to register, visit http://www.wcrinet.org/conference.html.

The Cambridge-based WCRI is an independent, non-partisan research institute 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. Organized in late 1983, the Institute does not take positions on the issues it researches; rather, it provides information obtained through studies and data collection efforts, which conform to recognized scientific methods. Objectivity is further ensured through rigorous, unbiased peer review procedures. WCRI's diverse membership includes 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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