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WCRI Conference Date Set; Affordable Care Act A Focus
Date:11/18/2013

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) November 18, 2013

The impact of national healthcare reform on state workers’ compensation systems is a focus of the Workers Compensation Research Institute’s (WCRI) 2014 Annual Issues and Research Conference, March 12 -13, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Since many of the major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PP-ACA) will be implemented in 2014, this year’s conference will focus on the likely impact on workers’ compensation systems. The following are among the questions to be addressed:

  •     What might the market and delivery of health care look like in five years?
  •     What will be the impact of increasing size and concentration of health care providers?
  •     What will be the impact of federal government regulation of medical prices?
  •     How will increased coverage affect access to care for injured workers?
  •     What are the major unintended consequences to watch out for?
“As with most things in workers’ compensation, we would not be surprised if the effects were very different in different states,” said Richard Victor, WCRI’s executive director. “We will offer a framework for identifying which states will most likely be affected and in what ways.”

As always, WCRI will present the latest findings from some of its most significant research. The specific topics have not yet been selected, but they are likely to be drawn from the following candidates:

  •     Impact of banning physician dispensing of opioids
  •     Impact of provider choice laws on worker outcomes
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