NY: WCRI Finds Baseline For Evaluating The Impact Of 2007 NY Reforms

Cambridge, MA (CompNewsNetwork) - New York enacted major reforms in March 2007. This study reports trends for claims from 2003 through 2007, with experience through March 2008. Because some of the reform provisions were at least partially implemented in 2007 and 2008, for certain metrics this study begins...

How Washington State Is Beating the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Washington State Combines Preferred Drug List and Volume Buying By John Stahl, Esq. Like the weather, increasingly high costs of the deluge of prescription drugs prompt complaints by everyone who provides workers’ compensation coverage and benefits. A November 16, 2011 session at the...

Dr. Peter Barth on 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation: Progress and Unmet Goals Mark Centennial

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute kicked off its November 16-17, 2011 Annual Conference with reviewing the first 100 years of workers’ compensation. Workers’ Compensation guru Dr. Peter Barth provided a Centennial 60 Minutes. Barth’s presentation had a “Back...

Dr. Peter Barth on 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation: Progress and Unmet Goals Mark Centennial

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute kicked off its November 16-17, 2011 Annual Conference with reviewing the first 100 years of workers’ compensation. Workers’ Compensation guru Dr. Peter Barth provided a Centennial 60 Minutes. Barth’s presentation had a “Back...

WCRI Releases Annual Study Highlighting Impact of the 2007 Workers’ Compensation Reforms in New York

Introduction In December 2011, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute [Cambridge, MA] (“WCRI”) published its fourth annual report evaluating the effects of the so-called workers’ compensation “reforms” passed unanimously by the New York Assembly and Senate...

WCRI’s Baseline for Evaluating Impact of North Carolina’s 2011 Workers’ Comp Reforms: A Measuring Stick That Falls Short

By Vernon Sumwalt WCRI’s “ Baseline for Evaluating Impact of 2011 Reforms in North Carolina: CompScope™ Benchmarks, 12th Edition ” (the “WCRI study”) tries to provide a measuring stick to evaluate the 2011 amendments to the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation...

Unnecessary Litigation in Workers’ Comp Claims Process: Training and Communication Are Key

By John Stahl, Esq. Dr. Bogdan Savych of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) said at the outset of his May 10, 2012 webinar entitled “Avoiding Litigation: What Can Employers, Payers and States Do” that the goals of the workers’ compensation system included “delivering...

Unnecessary Litigation in Workers’ Comp Claims Process: Training and Communication Are Key

By John Stahl, Esq. Dr. Bogdan Savych of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) said at the outset of his May 10, 2012 webinar entitled “Avoiding Litigation: What Can Employers, Payers and States Do” that the goals of the workers’ compensation system included “delivering...

High Drug Costs Attributed to Premiums for Physician-Dispensed Prescriptions: Study Reviews Price Gap Reducing Reforms

By John Stahl, Esq. The fact that many workers’ compensation claimants obtained prescription drugs directly from physicians was not the problem; the primary issue was that these medical professionals often charged much more than a pharmacy for the same medications. This contributed to recent...

High Drug Costs Attributed to Premiums for Physician-Dispensed Prescriptions: Study Reviews Price Gap Reducing Reforms

By John Stahl, Esq. The fact that many workers’ compensation claimants obtained prescription drugs directly from physicians was not the problem; the primary issue was that these medical professionals often charged much more than a pharmacy for the same medications. This contributed to recent...

California 2007 Reforms Reduced Costs of Physician-Dispensed Drugs: Study Shows Success Spawned Imitators

The fact that the 53-percent of all of the 2010/2011 prescriptions in the California workers’ compensation system that physicians dispensed cost a proportional 52-percent of the total for every prescription in the system showed the effectiveness of March 2007 reforms. The new guidelines regarding...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (10/15/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: WCRI Studies Show Impact of Recession, Reforms on 16 State WC Systems . Insurance Execs Seek WC Rate...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (11/12/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: AIA Releases Statement on 2012 Elections; Reauthorization of TRIA as Top Priority . WCRI Conference...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (12/3/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: WCRI Executive Director Explains How to Keep Lawyers Out of Workers’ Comp Cases . Aon Report...

Combatting the Evils of Opioid Addiction: When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

By John Stahl, Esq. LexisNexis Online Subscribers: Citations below link to Lexis Advance. Bracketed citations link to lexis.com. The numerous ills associated with workers’ compensation claimants (claimants) abusing prescribed opioids is a perfect example of medical care professionals acting...

Successes and Failures of Fee Schedules: How Medical Providers Circumvent Fee Schedule-Related Revenue Losses

By John Stahl, Esq. Any first-semester political science major can tell you that government regulation is a common method for controlling what a business can charge for goods or services. Fee schedules provide this price control regarding workers’ compensation medical costs. Like most forms...

Baseline Provided for Evaluating California SB 863 Reforms

WCRI Analyzes Pre-Reform Data and Expected Impact of Reforms By John Stahl, Esq. WCRI’s 13th Medical Benchmarks study based on data through the first quarter of 2011 is intended to provide a baseline from which the impact of SB 863’s reforms of California’s workers’ compensation...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/8/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Judges Rule AIG/Liberty Mutual Settlement Won’t Adversely Affect Pending Appeal. AIG Reduced...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (5/6/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Jury Awards $240M for Long-Term Abuse of Workers With Intellectual Disabilities . TRIA Extension Hits...

Impact of Florida Law Targeting Physician-Dispensed Opioids: Results Show More Reform Required

By John Stahl, Esq. The latest report on Florida from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is a trifecta in the sense that it addresses topics that arguably are the current “top three” workers’ compensation drug-related issues: · Overuse of opioids...

Impact of Reform on Prevalence/Costs of Physician-Dispensed Drugs - WCRI Study Shows Promising Results Overall of Amending Reimbursement Rates

By John Stahl, Esq. Enhancing the regulation of physician-dispensed drugs is one tactic that workers’ compensation jurisdictions use in the war against the opioid epidemic that is costing workers’ compensation systems millions of dollars. These methods include severely limiting the ability...

Medical Costs Impact Workers’ Compensation Premiums Less Than Widely Believed

It’s the Labor Market, Stupid A significant flaw regarding how many experts have analyzed factors that determined the economic costs of workers’ compensation insurance coverage was that these professionals limited their scope to the long list of usual suspects, which included pill mills...

WCRI Continues to Build Baseline to Monitor Impact of California’s Workers’ Compensation Reforms

But the $64,000 question is whether IMR will actually reduce medical costs As proponents and critics of controversial Senate Bill 863–California’s latest legislative effort to “reform” the state’s workers’ compensation laws–continue their argument about the...

WCRI Identifies Trust in the Workplace as a Key "Predictor" of Outcomes Important to Injured Workers

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist of the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers' compensation State Workers’ Comp Acts: Are They Effective? How does a state legislature determine if its workers’...

Drug Formularies, Texas Style: Coming Soon to a State Near You?

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. As policymakers, risk managers, and insurers seek to contain medical expenditures in workers’...