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 […]

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