IAIABC Commissioner’s Forum: Updates From Around the Nation

The big event on the second day of the IAIABC Annual Conference is the Commissioner’s Forum. In this session, regulators from around the nation provide an update on the issues their state is addressing. Note, not all jurisdictions were represented at the meeting. Arkansas Medical treatment guidelines are currently being developed. There was a significant […]

Complex Issues Faced by Multiple Jurisdictions

At the 2014 IAIABC Annual Conference in Austin, regulators are discussing a variety of complex issues they are currently grappling with. Among the issues discussed were: Hospital Fee Schedules In states that do not have hospital fee schedules, the standard for payment is usually “reasonable and customary” charges. The question becomes, how do you determine […]

IAIABC Centennial Convention in Austin, TX

This week, Conference Chronicles is attending the IAIABC Centennial Convention in Austin, TX. IAIABC is the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissioners. These are the workers’ compensation regulators from around the United States. Regulators from Canada, Germany and other countries frequently attend. The event is Sept 29-Oct 02, 2014. Full details of the […]

How the Affordable Care Act is Affecting Employers

The Impact of Healthcare Reform was listed as “hot topic” at the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference, a session where stakeholders gathered to gain better understanding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on workers’ compensation. This session was moderated by Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis at Safety National, […]

Industry Bloggers Debate Effectiveness of Workers’ Compensation

Is the workers’ compensation system still a grand bargain for employers and injured employees? Industry bloggers gathered at The California Workers’ Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point to answer this question with an overwhelming “NO!” The panel featured Mark Walls from Safety National and the Work Comp Analysis Group, David DePaolo from WorkCompCentral.com, Dale […]

Current Issues & Trends Related to MSA/MSP Compliance

This panel at the California Workers Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point addressed current issues and best practices in regards to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP), Medicare Set Asides (MSA) and Section 111 reporting. Panelists were moderater Mark Walls, VP Communications & Strategic Analysis at Safety National, Rafael Gonzalez, Vice President at Helios, Jessica Smythe, […]

Opiate Prescribing in Workers’ Comp: What are the Solutions?

The Opiate Prescribing in Workers’ Compensation session at the California Workers’ Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point offered some bold statements – opioids are not just a workers’ comp problem, they are a societal problem, and it is going to take us a decade to get out of this problem, starting with the doctor. […]

Technological Interventions to Prevent Loss

This session at the California Workers Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point outlined projects that have successfully leveraged technology to provide timely, actionable changes that resulted in loss reduction. Panelists included Karen Kridel-Schwabe, Senior Manager Risk Management at The Walt Disney Company, Kurt Leisure, VP Risk Services at The Cheesecake Factory, Robert Dickerson, Senior […]

Issues Complicating the Claims Handling Process

Workers’ compensation claims handling can be extremely complicated, especially in California. The session at the California Workers Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point titled “Lets Get Ready To Rumble” focused on discussing a variety of issues that make a difficult situation even worse. The panel consisted of Bill Goldstein – Wells Fargo, Robert Rassp […]

CEOs & Stakeholders Identify Workers’ Comp Market Trends

This open mic session at the California Workers Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point featured insurance market E- and C-Suite leaders, senior management and industry stakeholders identifying emerging market trends that are important to employers in California. Panelists included moderator Pamela Ferrandino, National Practice Leader at Willis North America, Bill Rabl, Chief Opperating Officer […]

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