The Physicians Research Institute (PRI) was established in 2016 as a not for profit organization under §501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. It was physician directed then and is physician directed now.
From the beginning, the goal of PRI has been to provide direct assistance as well as carefully researched information to State Medical Societies. In most cases, the PRI direct assistance and information was helpful in either supporting or opposing legislative and regulatory proposals in a particular state.
Currently, PRI provides detailed and otherwise unavailable information with respect to workers’ compensation, a technology to deactivate opioids and vaping as a harm reduction method with respect to tobacco dependence. A good example of PRI’s diligence with respect to any subject is its focus on workers’ compensation.
In 2016, PRI began researching the workers’ compensation “reforms” that were being proposed in almost every state by the insurance industry and which took the form of depriving physicians of autonomy in treating their workers’ compensation patients. As it turned out, the so-called “reforms” were being justified by reference to studies issued by groups such as the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) and similar organizations. The problem was that the “studies” were not in fact correct.