Complimentary Webinar on Latest WCRI Opioid Studies

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Join WCRI authors, Ms. Dongchun Wang and Dr. Vennela Thumula, for a free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 12 noon MT, and 11 a.m. PT) as they discuss findings from two recently published WCRI studies and take your questions.

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The use of opioids for pain management has come under scrutiny in the U.S. and within workers’ compensation. WCRI’s research on opioid prescribing provides information on interstate variations and trends in the use of opioids for workplace injuries.

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) will hold a free, one-hour webinar on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 12 noon MT, and 11 a.m. PT) to discuss its latest opioid studies.

“The use of opioids for pain management has come under scrutiny in the United States and within workers’ compensation. WCRI’s research on opioid prescribing provides information on interstate variations and trends in the use of opioids for workplace injuries,” said Dr. John Ruser, president and CEO of WCRI.

WCRI authors Ms. Dongchun Wang and Dr. Vennela Thumula will discuss findings from the following recently published WCRI studies as well as take questions:

  •     Interstate Variations in Use of Opioids, 3rd Edition: The study examined interstate variations and trends in the use of opioids and prescribing patterns of pain medications in the workers’ compensation system across 25 states.
  •     Longer-Term Use of Opioids, 3rd Edition: The study examined the prevalence of longer-term use of opioids in 25 states and how often the services recommended by medical treatment guidelines were used for monitoring and managing chronic opioid therapy.

Questions addressed:

  •     How often were opioids used in the workers’ compensation system? Which states had higher or lower opioid use?
  •     Which states had significant changes in opioid use?
  •     How prevalent was the longer-term use of opioids?
  •     How often were drug testing and other guideline-recommended services used among injured workers with longer-term use of opioids?

Both studies cover the following 25 states: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

This is a free webinar. All those who register will receive a free copy of the presentation slides along with a free-recorded copy of the webinar. Click on the following link to register now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wcri102016.

ABOUT WCRI:

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. Organized in 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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