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The Hidden Gem of Workers' Comp 09/07/2016
This WorkCompCentral Special Report looks closely at a vital but poorly understood link in caring for injured workers: how claims payers partner with occupational medicine clinics. The Report draws from extensive interviews with claims payers, employers, occupational medicine physicians, and clinic administrators. In addition, we conducted an online survey of 41 carefully selected seasoned workers' compensation experts ("What the Pros Say"). Any claims payer can implement all recommendations in this report in any state and for any employer. WorkCompCentral shares this Report as part of our commitment to the national workers' compensation community.

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The Uncompensated Worker: California Case Study 07/11/2016
In the latest issue of our special report series titled, "The Uncompensated Worker," author Peter Rousmaniere takes a look at two injured workers, two different income levels and one big (bad) surprise for both! In many respects, Jose, an undocumented farmworker from Mexico, and Mike, a physical therapist at a mid-size home healthcare company, have little in common as part of California's vast labor force. But as this report on the state's wage replacement laws demonstrates, when it comes to take-home income after an injury, California workers end up feeling the squeeze.

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The Uncompensated Worker: Kentucky Case Study 05/03/2016
This year marks the Centennial of the Kentucky workers’ compensation system! For exactly 100 years, Kentucky workers have depended on workers’ compensation benefits when they are injured at work. These benefits often result in a significant cut in a worker’s take-home pay. This is the third in a series of reports written by Peter Rousmaniere for WorkCompCentral investigating the effects of workers’ compensation on injured workers and their households in various states. The first report, “Meet Tim: The Uncompensated Worker,” is available online at www.workcompcentral.com

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The Uncompensated Worker: Florida Case Study 05/02/2016
For 100 years, American workers have depended on workers’ compensation benefits when they are injured. These benefits often result in a significant cut in a worker’s take-home pay. This is the second in a series of reports written by Peter Rousmaniere for WorkCompCentral investigating the effects of workers’ compensation on injured workers and their households in various states. The first report‚ “Meet Tim: The Uncompensated Worker‚” is available online at www.workcompcentral.com.

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The Uncompensated Worker: Financial Impact of Work Comp on Households 01/27/2016
Known as the "Grand Bargain" between employers and workers, workers' compensation was designed to compensate employees who are unable to work due to an on-the-job injury. Each year, about a million workers miss at least one day of work because of a work-place injury, This report examines how an injured worker and his/her household are affected when a worker receives compensation for lost work days.

Depending on the state, the rules and regulations that dictate how much compensation an injured worker receives, and when, vary in 31 states, workers receive a take-home pay of 15% or more when they're injured on the job, and in half of the states, households with two median wage earners, one on work disability and the other working full time, cannot afford to sustain their basic budget. The realistic scenarios depicted in this report illustrate that injured workers in every state could, through no fault of their own, suffer financial hardship from a work injury.

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Opioids Special Report 06/22/2015
Read a special report, "We're beating back opioids - now what?" written by Peter Rousmaniere, in cooperation with CompPharma.

The workers' compensation industry is at a turning point in treating chronic pain - the greatest injury response challenge of the industry since insurers first learned to manage exclusive remedy claims in the 1910s.

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Seismic Shifts 02/23/2015
A new report by Peter Rousmaniere titled "Seismic Shifts: An Essential Guide for Practitioners and CEOs in Workers' Comp," investigates commercial opportunities in a shrinking workers' comp industry.

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