Improving the California workers’ compensation system through research, information, education and representation

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute is a private, nonprofit organization of insurers licensed to write workers' compensation in California, as well as public and private self-insured employers, who serve as associate members. CWCI’s primary function is to generate reliable, objective data that can be used to identify and monitor systemwide trends, assist members in assessing their own operations, and to analyze key issues of interest to the workers’ compensation community and public policymakers. Towards that end, the Institute also produces a wide variety of research publications, provides information and technical training to help industry professionals stay abreast of changes, and serves as a forum where members can consider systemwide issues and reach consensus on practical solutions.

A new CWCI study measures changes in California WC medical and indemnity payments and finds early indications that the 2012 reforms are having an impact.
A new CWCI Spotlight Report examines Independent Medical Review outcomes from the first quarter of 2015 and compares them to those from 2014. A news release is in the newsroom, CWCI members and subscribers can log in to view a Bulletin and the full report.
The California State Average Weekly Wage rose just under 2.3 percent last year, which will boost a number of workers comp benefits beginning in January 2016.
CWCI research finds network providers are the primary treating physicians in 80% of California work injury claims, and though savings associated with network management have diminished in recent years, results vary significantly by network and by region.
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