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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.

What Impact Will OSHA Have on Businesses in 2016?

Don Enke discusses the impact OSHA will have on businesses in 2016 with Workplace HR and Safety.   View entire article here.

The Future of Workers’ Comp Healthcare Delivery

Mark Walls and Kimberly George discuss their thoughts around the large gap between the healthcare related to workers’ compensation and the group health approach with Insurance Thought Leadership. View the full article here.

20 Work Comp Issues to Watch in 2016

Mark Walls and Kimberly George discuss their thoughts around 20 issues that the workers’ compensation industry should have on its radar for 2016 with Insurance Thought Leadership.  Issues like the election year, Obamacare and the possible federalization of workers’ compensation could all have a major impact. View the article here.

Workers’ Comp Renewals Stable for 2016

Risk & Insurance reports that employers with good loss histories looking to renew their workers’ compensation insurance coverage for 2016 will likely encounter insurers holding their prices relatively level to retain the business. Seth Smith, Senior Vice President of Underwriting, discusses what the excess market can expect. View the article…

Turbulence Ahead in Workers’ Comp?

The workers’ compensation market is characterized as stable, but changes in the nation’s workforce, coupled with rapid-fire technological advancements, threaten to upset the balance of the industry. Mark Walls, VP of Communications & Strategic Analysis, discusses cost drivers and evolving claims models with PC360 in their article on the future…

Safety National’s Positive Impact on Injured Workers

At Safety National, we assist our policyholders in the management of their complex and catastrophic workers’ compensation claims with the goal of obtaining the best outcome for the injured workers. Our approach focuses on the collaborative team effort that is needed to achieve successful outcomes. A recent success story cumulated…

Will New York Workers’ Comp Compliance Program Disadvantage Payers?

This payer compliance program launched by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board is getting mixed reviews from experts. Mitch Neuhaus, Vice President of claims, discusses the implications with Business Insurance. View the article here.