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Implementing Medical Marijuana into Workers’ Compensation

The medical marijuana train is coming down the tracks, so to speak. It is time for the workers’ compensation industry to begin fully understanding it, determine guidelines to control it and prepare to implement it into programs. Sherri Hickey, Assistant Vice President of Medical Management, sheds some light as to…

Building a Rock Solid Risk Control Plan

You are now assigned safety and risk management duties for your organization. Now what? Where do you start? Ariel Jenkins, Director – Risk Control, provides an overview in his latest article on PRIMA’s blog. View the full article here.

Demand for Impairment Training High as Employers Prep for Marijuana Law

Employers are requesting marijuana “impairment detection training” as they grapple with balancing anti-discrimination provisions in the recreational marijuana laws with their missions to maintain safe workplaces. Mark Walls, Vice President of Communications & Strategic Analysis, discussed the difficulty this is causing employers in a recent interview with Business Insurance. View the…

Safety National Hosts Medical Marijuana Webinar, Local Carriers Talk Marijuana Policy

Safety National recently hosted a webinar where all panelists agreed that carriers need to get into the habit of anticipating the use of medical marijuana in claims and develop policy around it. The Louisiana Comp Blog featured highlights from the webinar. View the full article here.

Opioids are Just One Pharmaceutical Issue Facing Workers’ Comp Programs

The opioid crisis receives a lot of attention, however, there are other significant pharmaceutical issues in workers’ compensation that have been getting far less attention than opioids. Sherri Hickey, Assistant Vice President – Claims, discusses this issue with WCI in their latest article, “Opioids are Just One Pharmaceutical Issue Facing…

Engagement, Good Goals Aid in Creating Safety Culture

A team environment among all levels of staff that adheres to the same safety procedures and practices must be in place in order to create a safety culture that will prevent workplace accidents and injuries. Claims Journal highlighted principles that Vik Ramaswamy, Risk Control Manager, taught in a webinar on…

Developing a Post-Injury Management Program

Workplace injuries not only cost employers money, but also have the potential to create a lot of uncertainty that negatively affects employee morale. In this PRIMA Blog post, Kevin O’Sadnick, Risk Control Manager, shares how to develop an effective program aimed at improving employee engagement and morale while reducing the…

First Impressions Matter in Comp Claims

Workers’ compensation experts say that trust in the workplace and early positive communication between injured workers and their employers or claims handlers can play a crucial role in reducing the time it takes a claimant to return to work, as well as keeping comp claim costs in check. Stephen Peacock,…

Opportunities for Treatment Guidelines

Mark Walls, Vice President of Communications & Strategic Analysis, co-authored this article on Insurance Thought Leadership from a previous Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark webinar. The article stresses that understanding a jurisdiction’s strengths and shortcomings, taking a strategic approach to developing treatment guidelines, and following some common-sense tips…

2017 Issues to Watch in Workers’ Comp

Mark Walls and Kimberly George discuss their thoughts on 20 issues that the workers’ compensation industry should have on their radar for 2017 with Insurance Thought Leadership. These issues include the impact of the election, OSHA, rates and premiums and long-tail exposures to name a few.   Click here to…

Self-Insurance 101

Insurance Business America recently corresponded with Seth Smith, Senior Vice President of Workers’ Compensation Underwriting, to learn about self-insurance. View the full article here.

New Captive Services Line Hits the Market

In order to boost its product offering and provide clients across the country with a wide range of options, Safety National recently launched its latest line: captive services. To find out more about the product, its role in the modern market and why alternative risk services are so important, Insurance…

Three workers’ comp issues to watch in late 2016

Mark Walls, Vice President – Communications and Strategic Analysis discussed his take on three of the hottest topic in workers’ compensation including election cycle, regulatory change, and talent acquisition.   View the full article here. 

Time to Rethink Workers Compensation?

The landscape of workplace risks has experienced extreme change over the past 50 years. Experts believe that now is the time redesign workers’ compensation so that it reflects current workforce risks and is adaptable to advances in medicine and science. Industry leaders are starting to question whether the current structure…

Making the Most of the Relationship with Your Excess Carrier

Your excess workers’ compensation carrier can be a huge ally when it comes to management. The primary role of an excess carrier is to reimburse insureds for workers’ compensation benefits paid above a self-insured retention (SIR). Stephen Peacock discusses how to make the most of your relationship with your excess…

First Responder Exposure to Violence

When risk managers with emergency service personnel (firefighters and emergency medical technicians) on the payroll read through descriptions of their losses, they may find phrases such as “employee struck by patient on head, employee was hit on the arm during a struggle with patient, or employee was punched in the…

Opt-Out Movement Stalls: For Now

Participation in a state workers’ compensation plan was mandatory in every state except Texas until 2013, when Oklahoma passed legislation allowing alternatives to the mandated state system. The Employee Injury Benefit Act allowed private sector employers to create individual — but equal — plans. Mark Walls, Vice President Communications &…

The High Risk of First Responder Patient Handling

EMS and Fire Rescue is, by definition, a high-risk profession. Patients are generally getting larger, while the profession is challenged to stay physically fit. The long hours and volume of calls in some urban areas can be overwhelming for understaffed EMS districts. The profession’s educational focus on dealing with combative…

Your Mobile Workforce is Driving Up Your Exposure

Public entities have a high volume of drivers on the road. Not only do we have to guard against employees driving distracted, but we also have to consider that the general public could be distracted when driving through our work areas. Matt McDonough, Senior Risk Control Manager, explains the various…

Beware: Increased OSHA Enforcement Ahead

Don Enke, Director of Risk Control,  joins a team of experts to discuss what changes employers can expect from OSHA in the near future. View the full article in Risk & Insurance to see what they had to say.

Healthy but Challenging Workers’ Compensation Market

The workers’ compensation market is healthy and robust. It’s both competitive and profitable. That’s good news for business owners, the insurance industry and injured workers. Beneath the positive news, however, is a layer of anxiety over how long the market will remain healthy. Mark Walls, Vice President of Communications and…

Politics of Guns and Workplace Violence

Mark Walls explains the politics of guns and workplace violence with Insurance Thought Leadership, which was a session at RIMS 2016 in San Diego.   View the entire article here.

Should Workers’ Comp Evolve?

Mark Walls discusses how the time come for workers’ comp to reflect the realities of the current workforce, workplace risks and advances in science and medicine with Insurance Thought Leadership.   View the full article here.

Confrontational Workers’ Comp System is Outmoded

Mark Walls explains why the workers’ comp system is unnecessarily confrontational and should be more worker friendly with Insurance Business America.   View the full article here.