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.

The use of opioid painkillers in California workers comp has declined in recent years, along with the associated payments, yet these potentially addictive painkillers remain the number one therapeutic drug group used in the system according to a new Institute study.
Updated CWCI research tracks average California workers comp medical loss, indemnity benefit and medical cost containment (MCC) payments on AY 2005 - 2014 lost-time claims valued through June 2015.
The new 7-page DWC-1 claim form/NOPE and CWCIs updated posting notices and pamphlets, revised to reflect benefit notice regs that take effect 1/1/16, are in stock and ready for shipment.
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