WCRI 2020 Annual Conference Next Month – Show Me The Data + Secret


The WCRI 2020 Annual Conference – Data and Study Paradise  –  Thursday March 5th – 6th    

The WCRI  2020 Annual Conference (Workers Comp Research Institute) heads back to Boston this year. Last year, the Conference was held in  Phoenix.   

I will be there on the front row doing my Workers’ Comp Press duties. The Conference will not be blogged live this year as in the past. I will write articles from the day’s sessions.    

The conference remains as one of the “worth it” places to be for all things Workers’ Compensation. A few of the conferences have faded a little over the years – not this one.  The conference covers 1.5 days, sounds short but you will be overloaded with data that spark your own ideas and interests.    

Below is the conference happening sheet and a place to sign up. The seafood alone is worth the trip. Cold water seafood is the best. 

The secret – WCRI shows some of the data that has not been published yet – be ahead of the curve, and no they never asked me to place anything about their conference, studies, or webinars in this blog.  I do it because they have the best non-influenced data in the Workers’ Comp business – plain and simple.   



Day 1 – Thursday, March 5, 2020 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Welcome & Introductions

Mr. Steve Perroots, Marriott International, Inc.       
Chair, WCRI Board of Directors

Dr. John W. Ruser, WCRI
President and CEO 

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Generational Differences and Stereotypes in the Workplace

In this session, Jennifer Deal ─ Wall Street Journal Experts panel contributor, author of several books, and senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership ─ will discuss her research on generational differences and stereotypes in the workplace.


10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. | Networking Break


10:35 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. | How Injuries, Claims, and Outcomes Change with Age

The age distribution of the workforce is projected to change in the next 10 years. The large cohort of baby boomers will have largely retired, shifting the age distribution toward younger workers. 


11:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Management

WCRI’s latest research finds the frequency of opioid dispensing is decreasing while non-opioid and non-pharmacologic pain treatments have increased. 


12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Luncheon


1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. | Economic Cycles and Their Impact on the Labor Market

WCRI 2020 Conference picture of keynote speaker

Heavyweight and Distinguished Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Michael Horrigan who is the president of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and a former Associate Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


2:25 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Networking Break


2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Business Cycles and Their Impact on Workers’ Compensation

In this session, learn more from John Ruser from WCRI and Len Herk from NCCI about the impact of economic upturns and downturns on workers’ compensation claims and how macroeconomic factors influence the frequency of injuries, claims duration, and medical utilization and costs.


3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Highlights from WCRI’s State Inventory Studies

This session will highlight information from WCRI’s inventory studies (e.g., prescription drugs, workers’ compensation laws, medical cost containment, etc.) to outline key regulatory provisions in today’s workers’ compensation environment. 


4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Announcements & Adjourn


5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | General Networking Reception


Day 2 – Friday, March 6, 2020


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | State of the States: Selective Findings

This session features selective findings and trends seen across WCRI’s core benchmark studies, including our 18-state CompScope™ Benchmarks reports, a multistate benchmarking program that measures the performance of a growing number of state workers’ compensation systems. One set of findings will focus on readmission and reoperation rates as seen below. 

Readmission and Reoperation Rates among Workers’ Compensation Patients

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, two of the main indicators of surgical quality are whether patients are readmitted or reoperated upon after a surgical procedure.


Everything you need to know about the conference: 

 Dates and Location

  • Thursday, March 5 – Friday 6, 2020
  • Westin Copley Place
    10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
  • Telephone: 617-262-9600

 Conference Hours

  • Thursday, March 5: 9am to 4:30pm
  • Friday, March 6: 9:30am to 12:30pm 

 Additional Details

  • Dress is business casual
  • Luncheon will be provided on Thursday, March 5th in America South, 4th Floor Westin Copley
  • A networking reception will be held from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on Thursday evening, March 6th in the America Foyer, 4th Floor Westin Copley
  • Information on CE credits will be made available shortly
  • By attending the conference, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded and to the use of any photos/film/recordings.

 Registration Hours & Locations

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2pm to 4pm in Carriage Entrance, Westin Copley Place
  • Thursday, March 5, 7am to 4pm in America Foyer, 4th Floor, Westin Copley Place
  • Friday, March 6, 7am to 12pm in America Foyer, 4th Floor, Westin Copley Place 

This blog post is provided by James Moore, AIC, MBA, ChFC, ARM, and is republished with permission from J&L Risk Management Consultants. Visit the full website at www.cutcompcosts.com.


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