WCRI Webinar: New Benchmarks for Comparing Outcomes of Injured Workers in 15 States

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Join Dr. Bogdan Savych, an author and economist at the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 2pm ET (1pm CT; 12pm MT; 11am PT) as he discusses findings from WCRI’s recently published worker outcomes studies.

People watching a WCRI webinar.

People watching a WCRI webinar.

By examining outcomes of injured workers, policymakers and stakeholders can better understand how different state systems compare in order to identify and prioritize opportunities to improve system performance.

Join Dr. Bogdan Savych, an author and economist at the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 2pm ET (1pm CT; 12pm MT; 11am PT) as he discusses findings from WCRI’s recently published worker outcomes studies.

“The goal of the studies is to provide information about injured workers’ experiences with the workers’ compensation system,” said Dr. Savych. "By examining outcomes of injured workers, policymakers and stakeholders can better understand how different state systems compare in order to identify and prioritize opportunities to improve system performance."

The research, Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers, compares outcomes of injured workers across 15 states, and includes such metrics as recovery of physical health and functioning, return to work, earnings recovery, access to medical care, and satisfaction with medical care.

The 15 states included in the research are Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Questions addressed:

  • In what states did injured workers report higher rates of being able to go back to work and stay employed after initial return to work?
  • How did recovery of physical health and functioning vary across study states?
  • In what states did injured workers report higher rates of experiencing “big problems” getting desired medical care?
  • What percentage of injured workers across the 15 states was satisfied with their overall medical care?

Attendance is limited to 100 people and all attendees receive a free copy of the slides. Webinars are $39 for WCRI members; $79 for non-members; and no charge for members of the press, legislators as well as their staff, and state public officials who make policy decisions impacting their state’s workers’ compensation system. To register, click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wrkr_survey.

The Cambridge-based WCRI 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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