Fueling Injury Recovery with Engaged Workers

Engaging injured workers in their own recovery and claims process makes practical sense. The more engaged, the more likely they will participate in positive behavior, helping them return to work sooner. But in a world of rapidly-changing technology, measures for engaging workers must evolve — or be doomed to fail. In the opening keynote session […]

Perspectives From the Industry’s Favorite Bloggers

At the 24th Annual National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, some of the workers’ compensation industry’s most-prominent bloggers gathered to debate industry trends. The panel consisted of: Moderator: Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, Safety National David DePaolo, J.D., Founder, President and CEO, WorkCompCentral.com; Author, DePaolo’s Work Comp World blog Joseph Paduda, Principal, […]

Medical Management Strategies for Improved Claims Results

At the 2015 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, Adam L. Seidner, M.D., Global Medical Director, Travelers Insurance Co. and Silvia Sacalis, PharmD, VP Clinical Services, Healthesystems presented how a comprehensive view of an injured worker’s medical history and treatment course ensures appropriate claims decisions, resulting in optimal care and functional restoration. Silvia started the […]

Best Practices in Urine Drug Monitoring

Established medical guidelines recommend urine drug/toxicology screenings to help ensure the safety of patients prescribed opioids long term and to identify any aberrant use. However, a study conducted by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute shared new research that reveals the growing practice of urine drug screening is overused and abused, driving claims expenses for services […]

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Workers’ Comp Future – Recruiting & Retaining the Next Generation of Claims Talent

At the 2015 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, a panel presented a session titled “Workers’ Comp Future – Recruiting and Retaining the Next Generation of Claims Talent.” The panel included: Jennifer Burkhart, National Workers’ Comp Claims Leader, Westfield Insurance Dan Holden, Manager of Corporate Risk & Insurance, Daimler Trucks North America Rick Thompson, VP […]

Healthcare’s Transformation and Workers’ Compensation

At the 2015 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo, a panel discussed how one employer’s workers’ compensation experience aligns with future healthcare models. The panel was: Kimberly George, SVP and Senior Healthcare Advisor of Sedgwick Lisa Kelly, Senior Workers’ Compensation Manager for Boeing Greg Moore, President and CEO of Harbor Health Systems Employers […]

Optimizing Predictive Modeling

Data analytics and predictive modeling are quickly becoming workers’ compensation industry staples as more employers recognize that the technology can positively impact their operations by improving claims management, risk assessments and loss costs. This session at the 24th Annual National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference illustrated key elements to include in workers’ compensation predictive models. […]

Physical Function Pre-work Screens and Return-to-Work Programs

At the 2015 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, a panel presented a session titled “Physical Function Pre-Work Screens and Fitness-For-Duty Evaluations. The panel included: Darin Hampton, Regional Coordinator, International Paper Gia Schneider, Esq. Shareholder, Haworth, Bradshaw, Stallknecht & Barber Tony Silva, Director, Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions It’s important to remember to match the work […]

Bizzare Workers’ Comp Cases in 2015

At the 2015 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo, Tom Robinson (co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law) presented a session discussing some of the strange cases seen in the workers’ compensation industry this year. Demperio vs Onondaga County, 2015 NY App. Div LEXIS 2561 In New York you cannot file a stress claim […]

Mitigating Psychosocial Risk Factors

As claims drag on, injured workers may start believing that their injuries, disabilities and chronic pain are worse than they actually are. They may perceive the workers’ compensation system is treating them unjustly and withdraw from work and social activities, fueling further catastrophic thinking and fear. This session at the 24th Annual National Workers’ Compensation […]

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