Alternatives to Traditional Workers’ Compensation

At the 2015 IAIABC Annual Convention, Bill Minick from PartnerSource and Blake Stock from Combined Insurance Services, Inc presented a discussion on the options to traditional workers’ compensation that is being proposed in some states.  ARAWC, the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation , is a national organization formed to advocate for a system […]

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Understanding the Nuances of Workers’ Compensation Reporting

At the 2015 IAIABC Convention an panel discussed what issues impacting workers’ compensation are not being adequately discussed and reported on by the industry.  The panel consisted of: Lisa Ann Forsythe – Coventry (moderator) Mona Carter – NCCI Roberto Ceniceros – Risk & Insurance Jennifer Flood – Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services Bob […]

In Brief: State of the Industry

At the 2015 IAIABC Annual Convention, Mona Carter and Jeff Eddinger from NCCI discussed the current state of the industry and issues it faces in the future. NCCI has decribed the state of the industry as calm with turbulence ahead.  Among the issues they feel will cause turbulance in the future are: Exclusive remedy Courts […]

IGNITE!  Sharing Workers’ Compensation Success Stories

These short presentations at the IAIABC 101st Annual Convention focused on the positive and highlighted success stories in the workers’ compensation industry. What Went Right: Regulatory and Legislative Highlights of 2014 and 2015 Speaker: Brian Allen – Helios DEA informants reap millions in workers comp benefits. FDA was asked to evaluate the rescheduling of marijuana. […]

Conversations on the Grand Bargain

Workers’ compensation is described as a “grand bargain” between labor and management. The 101st IAIABC Convention kicked off with a panel discussion about how workers’ compensation has evolved and must continue to evolve. The panel consisted of: Dave DePaolo – WorkCompCentral (moderator) Sandy Blunt – Vice President of Insurance Services, Medata (moderator) Frank Fennerty, Jr. […]

IAIABC 101st Convention

Conference Chronicles will be blogging from the IAIABC 101st Convention on August 31 – September 3, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The theme for IAIABC’s 101st Convention is “Big Ideas in the Big City.” The convention program will address big ideas in workers’ compensation, such as the grand bargain, benefit adequacy, exclusive remedy, alternatives to workers’ […]

IAIABC Commissioner’s Forum: Updates From Around the Nation

The big event on the second day of the IAIABC Annual Conference is the Commissioner’s Forum. In this session, regulators from around the nation provide an update on the issues their state is addressing. Note, not all jurisdictions were represented at the meeting. Arkansas Medical treatment guidelines are currently being developed. There was a significant […]

Complex Issues Faced by Multiple Jurisdictions

At the 2014 IAIABC Annual Conference in Austin, regulators are discussing a variety of complex issues they are currently grappling with. Among the issues discussed were: Hospital Fee Schedules In states that do not have hospital fee schedules, the standard for payment is usually “reasonable and customary” charges. The question becomes, how do you determine […]

IAIABC Centennial Convention in Austin, TX

This week, Conference Chronicles is attending the IAIABC Centennial Convention in Austin, TX. IAIABC is the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissioners. These are the workers’ compensation regulators from around the United States. Regulators from Canada, Germany and other countries frequently attend. The event is Sept 29-Oct 02, 2014. Full details of the […]

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