Lessons Learned from Retiring Insurance Executives

At the 2016 PCI Annual Meeting, a panel of retiring insurance executives discussed lessons learned over their careers. The panel included: Marguerite Tortorello – moderator Terrance Cavanaugh – President and CEO – Erie Insurance Group Kenneth Ciak – Vice Chairman – Ameriprise Auto and Home Insurance Tad Montross – Retired CEO – Gen Re J. […]

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Global Reinsurance Panel

At the 2016 PCI Annual Meeting, a panel discussed the current state of the reinsurance marketplace, emerging risks in the U.S. and around the world, and how these issues could impact the marketplace. The panel included: Andrew Marcell – Global Head of Strategy – AON Benfield (moderator) James Bradshaw – CEO – Willis Re North […]

Global  Market Outlook

At the 2016 PCI Annual Meeting, Prem Watsa, CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings, talked about the state of the global marketplace. The last fifteen years (2000-2015) has been the second slowest economic growth rate in the United States – going back to when this was first measured in the late 1700. During this same time, […]

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Fraud Investigations

At the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Association 38th Annual Educational Seminar and Membership Meeting, William Blumthal Jr, Deputy Director Investigations from the Illinois Department of Insurance, provided an update on their efforts to combat workers’ compensation insurance fraud. First, the definition of fraud is important to understand. It is an intentional act that results in […]

Investigations in the Age of Geosocial Data

At the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Association 38th Annual Educational Seminar and Membership Meeting, Michael Teri and Garrett McGinn from DigiStream Investigation discussed investigations focused on social media research. Geo-Tagged Posts When investigating an auto accident, they search for social media posts that were geo-tagged in the area at the time of the accident to […]

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Appellate Decisions

At the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Association 38th Annual Educational Seminar and Membership Meeting, Christopher Gibbons and Keith Herman from Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, P.C., discussed recent important workers’ compensation decisions from the Illinois Court of Appeals. Reichling vs. Touchette Regional Hospital  The issue on this case was – who was the proper employer? […]

Illinois Legislative Update

At the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Assoication annual meeting Jay Dee Shattuck, President of Shattuck & Associates Consulting provided a legislative update for the state of Illinois. Governor Rauner has made workers’ compensation reform one of his priorities as he feels this is important to maintain a competitive business environment in Illinois. Unfortunately, the Governor’s […]

Zika Update

At the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Association 38th Annual Educational Seminar and Membership Meeting, Christopher Dea, MD, Assistant Corporate Medical Director with Caterpillar, gave an update on Zika. In the United States, most confirmed cases of Zika have been travel related. There were some very-isolated cases of non-travel-related Zika in a section of Miami-Dade County, but […]

Merging Safety Cultures

At the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Association 38th Annual Educational Seminar and Membership Meeting, Joan Vincenz, Managing Director Workers’ Compensation and Managed Care with United Airlines, talked about the process United went through to restructure their workers’ compensation program when they merged with Continental. The vision statement of United Airlines is to return their employee to […]

Workers’ Compensation Bloggers Debate Industry Trends

Top industry bloggers debated the hottest issues facing workers’ compensation and risk management at the 2016 California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference. Speakers included: Bob Wilson, President & CEO, WorkersCompensation.com, LLC Julius Young, Attorney, Boxer & Gerson, LLP Jennifer Jordan, Chief Legal Officer, Medval Michael Gavin, President, Prium Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic […]

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