Regulator Focus on Driving Diversity in the Insurance Industry

This session at Business Insurance’s Absolute Inclusion Conference gathered industry regulators to discuss progress in creating a more diverse insurance industry. Dave Jones, Commissioner of Insurance, State of California According to Commissioner Dave Jones, California is home to the majority of the nation’s diverse suppliers. Every one of those diverse suppliers wants the ability to […]

Diversity – The Business Imperative & CEO Pledge

In this session at Business Insurance’s 2016 Absolute Inclusion Conference, CEOs from top organizations in the insurance industry discussed their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. Panelists included: Roger Crockett, Co-Founder & Principal at Global Performance Partners (moderator) Todd Jones, CEO, Willis North America Mike Foley, CEO North America Commercial and Regional Chairman, […]

Managing in a Time of Fear

Events of the past few years have left our collective culture reeling: Shootings of African American men and women by the police, international and domestic events of terror based on religion, race or political agendas, rampant homophobic incidents, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria. We can no longer pretend that these issues do not impact our employees […]

Recruitment and Retention for Regulators

At the 2016 IAIABC Annual Convention, Scott Brennan from SFM and Vickie Kennedy from Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) talked about strategies to attract and retain new employees. According to a 2014 IAIABC survey, 45-50% of their members’ state agency workforce is eligible for retirement in the next five years. This mass exodus […]

Paying for Value: Can U.S. Workers’ Compensation Keep Up?

At the 2016 IAIABC Annual Conference, a panel discussed Medicare’s move to a value-based payment system and how this will impact state fee schedules.  The panel was: Dr. David Dietz – Principle, David Dietz and Associates, LLC Dr. Dan Hunt – Corporate Medical Director, AF Group Dr. Kathryn Mueller – Medical Director, Colorado Division of […]

Reimagine the Experience of an Injured Worker

At the 2016 IAIABC Annual Convention, Becky Curtis, founder of Take Courage Counseling, talked about how the workers’ compensation system can enhance the experience of injured workers. Years ago, Becky suffered a horrible automobile accident that resulted in a fractured spine and left her as an incomplete quadriplegic. After the accident, she spent most of […]

IAIABC 102 Annual Convention

This week Conference Chronicles is attending the IAIABC Annual Convention in Portland, ME. IAIABC is an association of workers’ compensation regulators from around the United States.  The theme this years convention is “reimagine” and the program tried to highlight innovations and disruptionis that will shape the system in the future. You can learn more about […]

Liability Medicare Set-Asides

At the 2016 NAMSAP Annual Conference, a panel provided an overview of how CMS is handling liability Medicare set-aside arrangements. The panel was: David Cherry – Cherry Injury Firm Roy Franco – Franco Signor, LLC Thomas Spratt – NuQuest There are significant differences between workers’ compensation and liability Medicare set-asides. Workers’ compensation benefits are statutory […]

Adventures in Allocating

At the 2016 NAMSAP Annual Conference, a panel discussed pricing methodologies for Medicare Set Asides. The panel was Beth Hostetler – Safeway Albertson’s Christine Melancon – EZ-MSA Services Jake Reason – EK Health Services CMS looks for trends in the treatment in making allocating recommendations. Many regions want to see 4 doctors visits on the […]


Safe Harbor Provisions in the SMART Act

At the 2016 NAMSAP Annual Conference Monika Boswein from Acuity and Katie Fox from Franco Signor LLC discussed issues around conditional payments and safe harbor provisions in the SMART Act. When you are considering potential penalties and compliance issues one thing to keep in mind is that safe harbor’s are triggered by reporting. If you […]


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