From: WCRI
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Focusing on Worker Outcomes
Date: Fri Feb 21 15:54:22 MST 2014

Dear Representative Sanpei, 


Did you know one focus of WCRI's Annual Issues & Research Conference (March 12-13, 2014) is worker outcomes?


Join us as we share preliminary results from WCRI's newest worker outcomes study, which includes eight states (Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin). 


This study is part of a multiyear effort to collect information from injured workers about their outcomes, including recovery of health and functioning, speed and sustainability of return to work, earnings recovery, satisfaction with care, and access to care. 


We'll examine predictors that are rarely looked at in workers' compensation, such as smoking history, comorbidities like diabetes, and level of trust in the workplace.Understanding these new predictors are essential in helping workers return to full health and show us where intervention is needed. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about things you never heard before.


We also have a special guest - Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steve Tolman - who will be giving a talk during lunch on the second day titled, "Pain Medication, Addiction and Heartache." His talk will draw upon WCRI's research on the prevalence of opioid prescriptions for injured workers in Massachusetts along with some stories of the problems that prescription drugs can cause.


Are you ready to register? Don't delay as we are weeks away and seats are filling up fast. Click here for more information about the conference, or if you are ready to register, click on the green button below. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Deeley at or 617-661-9274 ext. 261.



The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. Since 1983, WCRI has been a catalyst for significant improvements in workers' compensation systems around the world with its objective, credible, and high-quality research.  WCRI's members  include employers; insurers; governmental entities;  managed care companies; health care providers; insurance regulators; state labor organizations; and state administrative agencies in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For more information about WCRI, visit 

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