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WCRI’s 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference

March 2, 2017 - March 3, 2017

Recent elections at the federal and state level have created many unknowns about the future of the workers’ compensation system.

To help reduce those unknowns, WCRI’s 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference (March 2-3, 2017, in Boston, MA) brings together research and experts with diverse perspectives from all across the country to help you get a solid view of what is happening and what is likely to happen next.

Below are a few of the timely sessions on this year’s agenda.
• IMPACT OF THE 2016 ELECTION: For a national perspective, WCRI has invited two former federal lawmakers, U.S. Sen. Coburn and U.S. Rep. Waxman, to help us understand the impact the 2016 election will have on health care, labor, and workers’ compensation. Both lawmakers have served during numerous presidents and experienced many changes of power in Congress. In short, they have seen it all and will help you see the way forward.
• REVISITING THE GRAND BARGAIN: WCRI has put together a distinguished panel to discuss the current state of the workers’ compensation system or “Grand Bargain,” specifically whether it is working or needs revisiting and what the future holds for the 100-year-old system. The distinguished panel includes David Michaels, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA); Bruce Wood of the American Insurance Association (AIA); Northeastern University’s Prof. Emily Spieler; and Dr. David Deitz, former medical director for one of the largest workers’ compensation insurers.
• OPIOID TRENDS & ALTERNATIVES: In addition to the latest data on trends in opioid prescribing to injured workers as well as what states are doing to address unnecessary opioid prescribing, you will learn about the latest research on alternatives (marijuana and mindfulness) to opioids in treating pain. You will also hear first-hand accounts from current state government officials on how medical marijuana is being incorporated into the treatment of injured workers in their states as well as what it’s like to be managing a program that is very new and federally illegal.

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your career, expand your knowledge, and network with your peers. As an added incentive, we are offering $50-100 off the price of registration if you register by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Also available for limited time is a special rate of $246 per night at the conference hotel. Register today to get this great discount and the peace of mind of knowing your seat is reserved.

Register now: http://www.wcrinet.org/conference_reg_17.html.

For questions, contact Stephanie Deeley at sdeeley@wcrinet.org or 617-661-9274 x 261.


March 2, 2017
March 3, 2017