WCRI Conference In Boston Offers Great Opportunity to Learn

“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise” – Denis Waitley


Every year I attend a number of conferences, it is always a great opportunity to network, and more importantly, to learn. The workers compensation industry is constantly evolving and continuously learning from industry experts is a requirement, not just an option.



WCRI Conference – March 12-13 in Boston


The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is always one of my favorite conferences.  The will hold their Annual Issues & Research Conference on March 12-13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Upheaval in the Market for Health Care – Facts and Myths.”


For those that are not familiar with the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), they are an independent, not-for-profit research organization providing high-quality, objective information about public policy issues involving workers’ compensation systems


Their annual conference is considered a leading workers’ compensation forum that draws attendees from across the country who are seeking new insights, valuable networking contacts, and a better understanding of key issues in today’s competitive environment. Click on the following link to see who should attend: http://www.wcrinet.org/conference_who_14.html.





This year’s conference program has seven major components:


  • WCRI researchers present findings on medical cost drivers and worker outcomes of care.
  • Harry Shuford (NCCI) analyzes, “How the Economy Drives Workers’ Compensation.”
  • Alex Swedlow (CWCI) discusses, “The Form and Function of Medical Treatment Dispute Resolution.”
  • Professor Jon Gruber (MIT) and Dr. Richard Victor (WCRI) assess how health care reform will unfold, the impact on workers’ compensation, and which states will be most affected.
  • David North (Sedgwick), Donald Hurter (AIG) and Chris Cuniff (Liberty Mutual) form an expert panel that will peer into the future of workers’ comp and healthcare reform.
  • Dr. Sreekanth Chaguturu (Partners Healthcare) explains Accountable Care Organizations and how leading provider organizations are implementing them.
  • WCRI’s deputy director and counsel, Ramona Tanabe, and her CompScope™ colleagues present recent lessons from WCRI’s Core Benchmark Studies.


How to Register


Go to http://www.wcrinet.org/conference_reg_14.html





WCRI has arranged for a special conference rate of $159 per night (excluding taxes), single or double occupancy, at Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts. You can also make reservations through a direct link to the Park Plaza Hotel: https://bostonparkplaza.reztrip.com/rt/ext/promoRate?property=100&mode=b&m=true&sr=19144&vr=2. Alternatively, you can contact the hotel by phone at 617-426-2000 and ask for the WCRI Annual Conference 2014 block.



Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Principal, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.


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