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Tech Is Advancing the Biopsychosocial Care Movement. Is Your Workers’ Comp Program Ready?

New technologies promise better treatment plans and faster recovery, but do carriers and brokers think they’re worth the money? Lisa Haug, Managing Director of Medical Management, discussed using data to assess an injured workers’ biopsychosocial factors in her latest interview with Risk & Insurance. View the article

CEO Perspective: Business Continuity During COVID-19

Originally published on PC360 | April 21, 2020 Potential business disruptions are part of a company’s regular continuity plan. Still, few were prepared for the impact of a global pandemic that has shut down businesses around the world. Many companies have faced challenging decisions like laying off or furloughing employees…

Five Tips to Keep your Workforce and Customers Safe When Using Disinfectants

Originally published on WorkersCompensation.com | April 7, 2020 No longer exclusive to healthcare, regularly disinfecting surfaces has become a way of doing business during COVID-19. For essential services, it represents a commitment to both workforce and customers alike. It is important to note that, much like any chemical, disinfectants come…

The Real Impact of COVID-19 on Workers’ Compensation

Originally published on PC360 | March 26, 2020 There is much discussion right now on the impact that COVID-19 (the coronavirus) will have on workers’ compensation. Most of this discussion has focused on the potential for claims activity arising from the virus. The determination of whether a communicable disease is…

20 Workers’ Compensation Issues to Watch in 2020

Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, joined forces with Kimberly George, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, M&A and Healthcare at Sedgwick, to identify 20 important workers’ compensation trends that should be on everyone’s radar for 2020. View the full article on Insurance Thought Leadership.

Diving into Online Safety Training? Here are 5 Key Things to Know

E-learning is a good way to expand safety training options, but there are some factors for risk managers to consider before starting the program. Matt Hesemann, Senior Client Services Representative, shares five key factors to consider in his latest article with PC360. View the article here.

Understanding the Big Picture in Workers’ Compensation Costs

Check out the latest article from Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, explaining the nuances of pricing in the retention market. See what bureau data does and does not include and how catastrophic workers’ compensation claim trends are evolving. View full article

Navigating Changing Tides

Chief Underwriting Officer Gus Aivaliotis is Insurance Business America’s Industry Icon this month. View the article for his insights on the evolution of underwriting, including topics like the gig economy, technology, an ever-changing regulatory environment and understanding the value embedded in your data.

Social Determinants of Workforce Health

Discover how living conditions and environment have a tremendous impact on healthcare and workers’ compensation outcomes in the latest article by Mark Walls, Safety National’s Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George, Sedgwick’s Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser. View the article here on Insurance Thought Leadership.

Injury Rates Still Dropping Even as Older Workers Take Larger Share of Workforce

Injury rates may be down, but when an injury does occur, it is more likely to turn into a costly developmental claim. Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, discusses the “mega claims” trend in his latest interview with Carrier Management. View the full article here.

How to Approach the Future of Work

Many of us think primarily about technology and automation when considering the future of work, but people will remain a critical component of the equation as well. The workers’ compensation industry will not only be challenged with talent attraction and retention, but it will also have to respond to evolving…

An Open Letter to College Graduates from Mark Wilhelm, CEO

Dear College Graduate, You have earned a college degree – congratulations! The hard work and determination you employed to reach this milestone will serve you well throughout your professional career. When you are choosing a path for your professional life, do not underestimate how interesting and rewarding a career in…

The Rapid Evolution of Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles are rapidly evolving and each level of automation poses different risks. Tony Hughes, Commercial Auto Product Manager, breaks it all down in his latest article featured on Insurance Thought Leadership. View the full article here.

Mega Claims Show the Value of Workers’ Compensation

The idea of a $10 million workers’ compensation claim would have been shocking just a few years ago. Now, a $40 million claim isn’t all that surprising. So-called ‘mega claims’ are becoming more numerous and more expensive — or, at least, more discussed. But the outcomes associated with them and…

One Big Yawn? Safety Stands at the Intersection of Fatigue, Automation

As machines take on more tasks previously handled by humans, safety experts say the automation of manufacturing processes may be contributing to workplace fatigue. Vik Ramaswamy, M.S., CIH, Risk Control Manager, discussed this trend with Business Insurance. View the full article here.

Workers’ Comp Issues to Watch in 2019

Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, joined forces with Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick, to identify 20 important workers’ compensation trends that should be on everyone’s radar for 2019. View the full article on Insurance Thought Leadership.

Interview: National Underwriter Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Winners

In this video, published on National Underwriter/PC 360’s website, Mark Walls, VP of Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George of Sedgwick interview the three winners of the National Underwriter Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Award, presented at WCI’s annual conference. View the full interview here.

Successful Safe Patient Handling Programs for First Responders

From a risk management perspective, patient handling injuries to first responders remain a frequent and severe source of loss and expense to public entities. This reality is indicative of the need for cultural changes that will result in first responders consistently using body mechanics and equipment properly; even in the…

Workplace Violence: Assessment & Response

Over 2 million workers are victims of violence every year. In their latest article on WorkersCompensation.com, Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick, share tangible tips on how to assess, train and respond to violence in the…

Workforce Wellbeing: Bridging Health and Productivity

Programs that focus equally on the personal health of employees and their professional productivity needs are becoming essential to help companies attract and retain talent. In their latest article, Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick, share…

Top OSHA Trends Facing Employers

OSHA is in somewhat of a holding pattern while it awaits a new administrator. Nevertheless, now is not the time for employers to let their guards down. Don Enke, Assistant Vice President Risk Services, discusses what employers learned from the Trump administration’s first year in office and what we could…

Trends Identified in Large Work Comp Losses: A Carrier’s Perspective

High dollar workers’ compensation claims are rare, but they can be extremely costly and have a significant impact on an employer’s workers’ compensation costs. Because self-insured claims data is not reported to agencies like NCCI, Safety National’s data can offer a unique perspective that others cannot provide. Mark Walls, Vice…

Impact of Natural Disasters on Risk Management

The impact of natural disasters goes far beyond property damage. See how disasters can dramatically impact your workforce, supply chain & business operations in this latest article by Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick. View the article…

Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Management

In their latest article, Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, and Kimberly George, Senior Vice President and Senior Healthcare Adviser at Sedgwick, argue that the workers’ compensation industry’s drugs-first approach to chronic pain needs to be replaced with a hard look at psychological factors. View the full article here.