Critically Important Claims Management Principles That are Almost Never Used, But Save Lives and Money

At the National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting, Dr. Robert Barth presented a session discussing some medical management issues that can have a significant impact on the well being of injured workers and also save employers money. Dr. Barth’s main hypotheses were: Non-work-related factors are driving the overwhelming majority of workers’ compensation costs. Workers’ compensation […]

The Use of Tactical Remote Surveillance Technology in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers Conference, Michael Caldarazzo from presented a session on the use of tactical remote surveillance technology in workers’ compensation. The Surveillance Vehicle: The vehicle must “blend” Vehicle should not be a car. Once on site, you cannot break position (bathroom, food, etc.) You never want to do “up-front […]

Federal Intrusion into Workers’ Compensation

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers Conference, Robert Minor from Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease presented a session discussing the federal government’s intrusion into state workers’ compensation issues. The first federal intrusion into workers’ compensation issues started with the Mine Safety Act in 1968. Shortly thereafter, in 1970, the federal government established OSHA to […]

Cost Control and Management of Claims from a Defense Attorney’s Perspective

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers conference, a panel of defense attorneys presented their views on cost control and management of claims.  The panel included Charles Brown from Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, Elaine Newquest from Gannon & Shapiro, Stewart Rubens from Grancel, Stander, Reubens, Thomas & Kinsey, and Kent Smith from Scheldrup, Blades, Schrock, […]


Emerging Legal Issues in Medical & Recreational Marijuana

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers conference, Gregory Cairns from Cairns & Associates discussed the emerging legal issues associated with marijuana. Greg is an attorney from Colorado where recreational marijuana became legal in 2014. Currently, 23 states and DC allow medical marijuana.Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado now allow recreational use of marijuana. Since federal […]

Challenges in Managing Claims in a Diverse Workforce

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Conference, a panel discussed the challenges of managing claims in a diverse workforce. The panels were: Michele Adams – Walt Disney World Resorts Loyd Hudson – American Electric Power Max Koonce – Walmart Disney has a diverse workforce. In fact, employees at Disney World speak three primary […]

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