Agenda

WCRI’s 34th ANNUAL ISSUES & RESEARCH CONFERENCE

March 22-23, 2018 ~ Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

 

Theme: Work and the Comp System: Evolution, Disruption, and the Future

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

March 22, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.– 9:15 a.m.

 

Vincent Armentano, The Travelers Companies, Inc., Chair, WCRI Board of Directors                              

Dr. John W. Ruser, WCRI, President and CEO

FUTURE LABOR FORCE TRENDS AND THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY

March 22, 2018 | 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

 

Dr. Erica L. Groshen, former head of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

The labor market is getting a great deal of attention these days. This is not surprising as the enormous, complex market strongly affects peoples’ lives.  

NETWORKING BREAK

​​March 22, 2018 | 10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.   

WHO IS READY FOR VALUE BASED CARE?

March 22, 2018 | 10:35 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 

 

Dr. Randall Lea, WCRI

 

Healthcare reform has been associated with the emergence of new care delivery and payment models. Are stakeholders (payers, regulators, physicians, and health systems) prepared to use these post-reform models?

THE EFFECT OF FEE SCHEDULES ON ACCESS TO CARE

March 22, 2018 | 11:20 a.m. – 12 Noon

 

Dr. Olesya Fomenko, WCRI

 

When workers' compensation fee schedules/prices are low, workers may have a harder time finding desired medical providers, wait longer to receive desired medical care, and experience poor outcomes or take longer to recover after injury. 

LUNCHEON

​​March 22, 2018 | 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m.     

SCENARIOS: WORKERS' COMPENSATION 2030

​March 22, 2018 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Dr. Richard Victor, The Sedgwick Institute

 

The pace of change continues to accelerate. Globalization, the delivery and financing of healthcare, the aging workforce, immigration, political dysfunction, and the need to repay the enormous underfunded public debt Boomers have incurred. These forces will shape the next several decades.

NETWORKING BREAK

March 22, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.    

IMPACT OF OPIOIDS AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ON THE WORKPLACE

​March 22, 2018 | 2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

 

Dr. Bogdan Savych, WCRI

Jane Terry, National Safety Council

Joan Vincenz, United Airlines

 

In this session, Dr. Savych will discuss WCRI's latest research on how opioid prescriptions impact duration of disability for injured workers.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ADJOURN

March 22, 2018 | 4:05 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

WCRI MEMBER-ONLY RECEPTION

March 22, 2018 | 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

GENERAL NETWORKING RECEPTION

March 22, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

STATE OF THE STATES

​March 23, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

 

This session will feature selective findings from WCRI's CompScope™ Benchmarks reports. With these studies, stakeholders, public officials, and policymakers can monitor their systems on a regular basis and make important interstate comparisons. By identifying incremental changes in system performance―either improvement or possible deterioration, goals can be set, improvements accomplished, and crises avoided.

DOES MEDICAL MARIJUANA SHIFT PRESCRIPTION DRUG SPENDING?

​March 23, 2018 | 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

 

Dr. David Bradford, University of Georgia

 

As medical marijuana remains a complex issue in both the workers compensation arena and elsewhere, we strive to find pertinent studies that will inform.

NETWORKING BREAK

​​March 23, 2018 | 10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.  

THE WORLD OF WORK IS CHANGING―FAST. ARE YOU PREPARED?

​March 23, 2018 | 11:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.              

 

Denise Algire, Albertsons Companies  

Charlie Kingdollar, General Reinsurance Corporation (GenRe)

Judge David Langham, Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims

Steve Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO 

 

This session will leverage the panel's insights as they identify future trends and predict implications for the workers' compensation system, including how system features like safety, insurance, and the workplace will be impacted. 

CONCLUDING REMARKS

​​March 23, 2018 | 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Ramona P. Tanabe, WCRI

 

The WCRI conference, now in its 34th 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.

 

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