Tips and Tools for Risk Management

At the 2018 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting a panel of employers discussed workers’ compensation tips. The panel was: Rob Quast – Director of Risk Managment, Kroger Janet Kral – VP Risk Management, Nordstrom Zoe Zinn – WC Program Manager, Packaging Corporation of America Max Koonce – Managing Director, Sedgwick (Moderator) What is your […]

Issues Facing Self-Insured Employers: Past, Present and Future

At the 2018 National Council of Self Insurer’s Annual Meeting, Max Koonce from Sedgwick talked about issues facing self-insured employers now and into the future. The very definition of employee and injury are changing. A recent Supreme Court case in California dramatically shifted the definition of who is an employee (vs independent contractor). The courts […]

Safety Technology at Disney

At the 2018 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting, Ivan Diaz from Walt Disney Company talked about their safety efforts. Safety has always been a core part of Disney’s culture at their theme parks. If you look back at the letters that Walt Disney himself sent to new employees at Disneyland back in the 1950s, […]

Case Study: Safeway’s Program to Identify and Intervene with “At-Risk” Employees to Enhance Recovery

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting, Safeway discussed their claims early intervention program. The presenters were Anita Weir, Director of Medical & Disability Management and Denise Gillen-Algire, Director of Managed Care & Disability. Understanding the Dynamics of Delayed Recovery: A small number of claims drives a large percentage of the costs. Clinically […]

State Initiatives: Success of Medical Cost Containment Measures

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Conference, Natasha Moore from NCCI discussed the effectiveness of medical fee schedules and other cost containment measures that states have recently implemented. Characteristics of a well-defined fee schedule include: Specific maximum reimbursement rates for procedures instead of reimbursement based on a percentage of billed charges. Being comprehensive […]

Critically Important Claims Management Principles That are Almost Never Used, But Save Lives and Money

At the National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting, Dr. Robert Barth presented a session discussing some medical management issues that can have a significant impact on the well being of injured workers and also save employers money. Dr. Barth’s main hypotheses were: Non-work-related factors are driving the overwhelming majority of workers’ compensation costs. Workers’ compensation […]

The Use of Tactical Remote Surveillance Technology in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers Conference, Michael Caldarazzo from PhotoFax.net presented a session on the use of tactical remote surveillance technology in workers’ compensation. The Surveillance Vehicle: The vehicle must “blend” Vehicle should not be a car. Once on site, you cannot break position (bathroom, food, etc.) You never want to do “up-front […]

Federal Intrusion into Workers’ Compensation

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers Conference, Robert Minor from Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease presented a session discussing the federal government’s intrusion into state workers’ compensation issues. The first federal intrusion into workers’ compensation issues started with the Mine Safety Act in 1968. Shortly thereafter, in 1970, the federal government established OSHA to […]

Cost Control and Management of Claims from a Defense Attorney’s Perspective

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers conference, a panel of defense attorneys presented their views on cost control and management of claims.  The panel included Charles Brown from Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, Elaine Newquest from Gannon & Shapiro, Stewart Rubens from Grancel, Stander, Reubens, Thomas & Kinsey, and Kent Smith from Scheldrup, Blades, Schrock, […]

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Emerging Legal Issues in Medical & Recreational Marijuana

At the 2015 National Council of Self-Insurers conference, Gregory Cairns from Cairns & Associates discussed the emerging legal issues associated with marijuana. Greg is an attorney from Colorado where recreational marijuana became legal in 2014. Currently, 23 states and DC allow medical marijuana.Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado now allow recreational use of marijuana. Since federal […]

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