March 22-23, 2018 ~ Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA
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
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.
March 22, 2018 | 10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
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?
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.
March 22, 2018 | 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
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.
March 22, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
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.
March 22, 2018 | 4:05 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
March 22, 2018 | 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
March 22, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
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.
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.
March 23, 2018 | 10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
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.
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.