ADR Programs

At the 2016 SIIA Workers’ Compensation Executive Forum, Jack Frazier from American Global and former workers’ compensation judge Steve Siemers discussed how Alternative Dispute Resolution can enhance a workers’ compensation program.  Ten states currently allow employers to collectively bargain a carve-out ADR process for their workers’ compensation programs. New York and California are two of the […]

Emotional Recovery after Catastrophic Injury

At the 2016 SIIA Workers’ Compensation Executive Forum, Jon Pearson from QLI kicked of the session with some blues harmonica then talked about how the best long-term outcomes on catastrophic claims can be achieved by considering the emotional challenges faced by the injured worker. Emotional recovery means the injured worker believes they can live a […]

Where Wellness and Workers’ Comp Intersect

There is growing consensus that a healthier workforce can not only reduce injuries but also reduce duration of disability and severity of injuries. A panel at the 2016 SIIA Workers’ Compensation Executive Forum discussed how a higher focus on employee wellness can impact your workers’ compensation program. The panel was: Brian Carpenter – Clinical Director, […]

Traumatic Brain Injuries

At the 2016 Lockton Complex Risk Symposium in St Louis, David Ripley MD from Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago discussed the dynamics of a brain injury from diagnosis through rehabilitation. It is estimated that there are 2-5 million brain injuries per year. This is a big range because often many people do not realize they suffered […]

Predictive Claims Models

At the 2016 Lockton Complex Risk Symposium in St Louis, a panel discussed the use of predictive claim models. The panel was: Mark Moitoso – SVP Analytics Practice Leader, Lockton Gary Anderberg – SVP Claim Analytics, Gallagher Bassett JJ Schmidt – SVP Managed Care, York Risk Services Melissa Dunn – VP and Managing Director, Helmsman […]

Digital Transformation

At the 2016 Lockton Complex Risk Symposium, Fredi Lienhardt from Swiss Re gave an overview of current innovative trends in digital transformation. Internet of Things  The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming life as we know it. This includes any of a wide variety of wearables and sensors on devices we use every day. Examples […]


Managing Workplace Violence

At the 2016 Lockton Complex Risk Symposium, Denise Balan from XL Catlin and Heyrick Bond Gunning from S-RM discussed workplace violence and how risk managers in reducing the incidences of this. OSHA defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work […]

NCCI Regulatory and Legislative Trends

At the 2016 NCCI Annual Issues Symposium, Lori Lovgren and Ann Bok from NCCI compiled a report with some interesting statistics about trends in the workers’ compensation industry. The highlights: Between January 1, 2015 and March 5, 2016, NCCI monitored 660 pieces of proposed legislation impacting workers’ compensation from around the country. The key workers’ […]

NCCI State of the Line report

At the 2016 NCCI Annual Issues Symposium, NCCI Chief Actuary Kathy Antonello presented their annual State of the Line Report. The entire State of the Line report can be viewed on the NCCI web site ( Some of the highlights: Total Property Casualty premiums increased 3.3% in 2015.  All lines except Fire and Allied Lines […]

Opening session at NCCI Annual Issues Symposium

NCCI President and CEO Bill Donnell kicked off the 2016 NCCI Annual Issues symposium with his observations of the workers compensation industry. The theme for NCCI AIS this year is Channeling Change: Meeting the Challenges of an Evolving Market. Bill is the new CEO of NCCI this year so he started with some observations from […]

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