Impact of Autonomous Vehicles

At the 2015 PRIMA Annual Conference, Jeff Myers and John Willemsen from Munich Re America presented a session titled, “Autonomous Vehicles: The Largest Impact to Transportation and Infrastructure”. The NHTSA classifies five levels of vehicle automation from Level 0 – no automation to Level 4 – no human intervention needed.  Most vehicles are Level 1 […]

Workers’ Compensation and the Aging Workforce

The aging workforce is a top concern among public entity risk managers. This session at PRIMA’s 2015 Annual Conference explored the changing demographics in today’s workforce, its impact on accident rates and workers’ compensation costs. The speakers included Joe Galusha, CIE, CHSP, Group Managing Director at Aon Risk Solutions and Robert Prior, MS, CSP, ARM-P, […]

Disaster Recovery for Schools

At the 2015 PRIMA Conference, this session addressed the essential elements of a disaster recovery plan for school districts and how to prepare for partial or complete closures or transfers. The speakers included: Corey Stein, Aon Risk Solutions, James Huckaby, MS, ARM-P, Mesquite Independent School District, Dan Hurley, ARM-P, CSP, MS, City of Chesapeake (VA), […]

It’s Not a Claim, It’s a Person

Those who deal with claims daily sometimes forget that a claim can be a scary experience for an injured employee. This panel at PRIMA’s 2015 Annual Conference explored ways to make claims a less stressful experience for entity employees. The panel included: Kimberly George, Senior Vice President at Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. Sarah Perry, […]

Putting Lipstick on Your Risk Management Program

Preparing your program for submission to carriers requires you to emphasize your strengths and address your weaknesses. This cram session at PRIMA’s 2015 Annual Conference provided tips on how to present your program in the best possible way. Moderator: Susan Blakenburg, Area Senior Vice President at Gallagher Public Sector Speaker:  David Randall, CPCU, ARM, Public […]

Measuring Risk Control Return on Investment

This session at PRIMA 2015 covered how to identify the concepts of measuring return on investment (ROI) and how to evaluate calculated returns. The session was presented by Ariel Jenkins, CSP, ARM, MBA, ARM-E, Director – Risk Control at Safety National. In risk control, the motto “No news is good news” comes to mind. Many […]


Communicating Effectively to Different Generations

Learning the differences in communication preferences that vary between Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials can help you manage these generations more effectively. This session at PRIMA’s 2015 Annual Conference explored generational differences and how to best communicate to each of them. Moderator:  Sean Schaefer, Assistant Vice President at Genesis Speaker:  Candy Whirley, Owner of […]

PRIMA 2015 Annual Conference

The 2015 PRIMA Annual Conference will take place June 7-10, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, and will bring together thought leaders in the public risk management field who will share their experience and solutions to some of risk management’s toughest problems. Conference Chronicles will be blogging from sessions at the event.  […]

Case Study: Safeway’s Program to Identify and Intervene with “At-Risk” Employees to Enhance Recovery

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting, Safeway discussed their claims early intervention program. The presenters were Anita Weir, Director of Medical & Disability Management and Denise Gillen-Algire, Director of Managed Care & Disability. Understanding the Dynamics of Delayed Recovery: A small number of claims drives a large percentage of the costs. Clinically […]

State Initiatives: Success of Medical Cost Containment Measures

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Conference, Natasha Moore from NCCI discussed the effectiveness of medical fee schedules and other cost containment measures that states have recently implemented. Characteristics of a well-defined fee schedule include: Specific maximum reimbursement rates for procedures instead of reimbursement based on a percentage of billed charges. Being comprehensive […]

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