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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.

Workers’ Comp Market: Turbulence Ahead?

The workers’ compensation market could currently best be 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, Vice President of Communications & Strategic Analysis, weighs in on medical costs as a contributor to market conditions. View the…

Executives Rock Out in Battle of the Corporate Bands

Each fall for the past 10 years, St. Louis corporate rock bands have rocked out hoping to bring in donations to benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis. Safety National’s band, Driven to Excess, has been a participant and multi-year winner, with its eyes on the prize for 2015. View…

California Closed Formulary Legislation Heads to Governor

With California’s closed drug formulary nearly a done deal, other states including Tennessee and Louisiana are exploring the idea. In this Risk & Insurance article, Sherri Hickey, Director of Medical Management, notes her support for state formularies and key factors of an implementation plan. View the article here.

Taking a New Look at the Grand Bargain

“No fault” isn’t no fault. “Exclusive remedy” isn’t exclusive. And the century-old “grand bargain” in workers’ compensation will keep changing. Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, summarizes the latest legal challenges to the workers’ compensation system in this Insurance Thought Leadership article. View the full article here.

Key Components to Selecting a Workers’ Compensation Reinsurer

Choosing a reinsurer is a very important decision given the long-tail nature of workers’ compensation claims. By definition, you are establishing a long-term relationship with the reinsurer that you select. Ray Harkins, Senior Vice President and head of Safety National Re, breaks down the essential elements of choosing a workers’…

Technology – A Critical Component to Policy Services Best Practices

Cyndee Morton, Vice President of Policy Services Administration, offers insight on how technology has transformed the insurance industry. Advances in technology have enabled the insurance industry to increase efficiency, provide flexility in the underwriting process, and other service practices. View the entire article here.

RIMS Review

At RIMS 2015, Workers’ Compensation stakeholders participated in WorkCompWire’s “RIMS Review.” Steve Luebbert, Chief Operating Officer, weighs in on the current challenges and  trends that are potential big changes in the Workers’ Compensation industry.  See what he focused on for this year and for the future. See what Steve had…

Maintain a Competitive Advantage by Implementing Policy Services Best Practices

Cyndee Morton, Vice President of Policy Services Administration, offers best practices for policy services administration to WorkCompWire’s Leader Speaks series.”Doing what we’ve always done” should not be the status quo.Policy services teams are tasked with controlling costs while producing positive results. View the entire article here.  

States—Not Feds—Should Oversee Workers’ Comp; Reform Challenges Mount

The fate of the “exclusive remedy” feature of the workers’ compensation system rests in the hands of the courts in several states, and a new OSHA reporting rule could deliver a brand new weapon to plaintiffs’ attorneys to erode it in the rest, a comp insurance expert reported last month….