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CWCI Tracks Use of Network Physicians in California Workers’ Comp and Associated Savings
Posted on 10 Jun 2015 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Use of network physicians to manage California injured workers’ medical care rose from just over half of all claims prior to the introduction of medical provider networks (MPNs) to nearly 80 percent of all claims after MPNs were fully implemented... Read More

New Study on Low Back Pain Examines Costs and Benefits of State Workers’ Compensation Policy Variations
Posted on 30 Oct 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

While employer control reduces medical costs, allowing employees a one-time change in physician may not be as expensive as employers fear By Thomas A. Robinson, co-author, Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law According to a recent study... Read More

Georgia: Pharmaceutical Costs in Workers’ Compensation Claims
Posted on 24 Jul 2013 by Richard C Kissiah

By Richard C. Kissiah In July 2013, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) of Cambridge, Massachusetts completed and issued a new study as to the effects of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s April 1,... Read More

The Texas Blueprint for How to Lower Workers’ Comp Costs
Posted on 16 Feb 2014 by Stuart D. Colburn

After continued implementation of the 2005 reforms to the Texas workers’ compensation system, and legislative review of the system in 2011, 2013 was a year in which system stakeholders and other interested parties were able to step back and evaluate... Read More

Women on the Verge: Menopause Symptoms in the Workplace
Posted on 3 Jun 2013 by Robin E. Kobayashi

By Robin E. Kobayashi, JD, LexisNexis Legal & Professional Operations When it comes to employee wellness and costs borne by employers, studies tend to focus on the “big three”: cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. But no... Read More

Patients, Pills and Profits: Physician Dispensing Increases Costs in Illinois Workers’ Comp Claims
Posted on 13 Jun 2014 by Karen C. Yotis

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. Peeling Away the Onion on Physician Dispensing... Read More

Pennsylvania: Court Affirms Denial of Claim for Holistic “Medical” Treatment Performed in India
Posted on 22 Sep 2014 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

A Pennsylvania appellate court affirmed the dismissal of a petition for reimbursement of Ayurvedic therapy—a form of holistic alternative medicine that is the traditional system of medicine in India—based upon the failure of the claimant,... Read More

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Miss the WCRI 32nd Annual Conference
Posted on 26 Feb 2016 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Anyone familiar with the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s 32-year history of providing the data and analysis that industry mavericks rely upon to understand, manage and effect real change have come to expect WCRI conferences to provide... Read More

NCCI Addresses Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drugs Costs
Posted on 20 Sep 2011 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Increased Utilization of Predominantly Expensive Drugs Fuel Cost Rise An August 2011 research brief by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) analyzed the trend of prescription drugs constituting a disproportionately high percentage... Read More

Workers’ Compensation in a Medically Overtreated Society
Posted on 12 Nov 2011 by Robin E. Kobayashi

Workers’ compensation is no stranger to controversy. In 2009 the well-respected physician Nortin M. Hadler, MD, attacked workers’ compensation as an “evil, wrong-minded, illness-inducing maze that masquerades as social insurance”... Read More

Cost Containment Leads Employers’ Workers’ Comp Concerns for 2012
Posted on 22 Mar 2012 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Cost containment is by far the number one workers' compensation insurance concern of employers for the next 12 months, a new study shows. Fifty-nine percent of employers say they are very or somewhat concerned about cost containment in 2012. Employers... Read More

NCCI’s State of the Workers’ Compensation Line 2012: The Struggle Continues
Posted on 25 May 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. The State of the Workers’ Compensation Line 2012 presentation at the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings. Inc.’s , (NCCI) 2012 Annual Issue Symposium discussed trends in workers’ compensation insurance... Read More

CWCI Study Finds California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Exceed Pre-Reform Levels
Posted on 14 Sep 2011 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Average amounts paid per claim for treatment, prescriptions and durable medical equipment (DME), medical management and cost containment, and med-legal reports in the California workers' compensation system have grown steadily since 2005, pushing... Read More

The OSHA Regulatory Burden: New Study Debunks Job Killer, Anti-Competitive Theories
Posted on 20 May 2012 by Robin E. Kobayashi

It is a truth universally acknowledged that OSHA workplace regulations are unduly burdensome, negatively impacting an employer’s competitiveness and destroying jobs for workers . The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is one... Read More