WCRI’s Annual Conference: I hope to see you there

February 28th, 2014 by

The Workers Compensation Research Institute is holding its Annual Issues and Research Conference in Boston at the Park Plaza Hotel on 12 and 13 March. This year, the WCRI dives into the healthcare deep end to try to sort truth from fiction and explain how Obamacare intersects with workers comp. Is it consensual pairing or a train wreck? The long and winding road of Public Law 111-148, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is littered with the carcasses of the true, the half true and the just plain untrue. People can’t even seem to agree on how many pages are in the Act (is it 906 or more like 2,400?), or how many pages are in the regulations that followed it (10,000 or 40,000?)
And we all remember those “death panels,” too, don’t we?
I doubt that WCRI President Dr. Rick Victor will waste much time on pages or death panels, because there are a lot of substantive issues that need exploring and explaining. This year’s conference, to quote the WCRI, “will have a focus on the impact of national healthcare reform on state workers compensation systems.”
Go here to see the seven different components and the many questions WCRI speakers and panels will try to address. And go here for hotel registration information. WCRI has negotiated a $159 per night room cost. And speaking as a Boston “Homey,” I can tell you that the Park Plaza is a very nice place.
I look forward to high level dialogue and debate. Most of workers comp’s smartest and best informed people will be there. Will you be among them?

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