Is a Captive Right For Your Organization?

Utilizing a captive is often considered the highest form of self-insurance, but is it right for your entity? There are many reasons for a public entity to consider forming a captive, and just as many reasons not to form one. This session walked through the evaluation process and provided practical knowledge on how to analyze […]

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Reducing Workers’ Comp Claims Costs Through Proactive Claims Management

Workers’ compensation costs throughout the U.S. have increased by 8-10% over the past few years. This may be attributed to an increase in medical costs and wages, which in turn raises the indemnity payouts. There are two ways to decrease these costs: (1) have fewer injuries and (2) improve management of the injuries when they […]

Settlement or Trial

At the 2016 PRIMA Annual Conference, Richard Spiers from Genesis Management and Insurance services discussed the decision process on whether to take claims to trial or pursue settlement. Why trial? Sometimes a trial is your only alternative due to excessively large demands, unclear and unproven facts that sound bad, or damages that are larger than […]

The Connected City in Your Future

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the business landscape and promises to do the same for our urban centers. Internet-connected sensors and video cameras providing real-time data on traffic patterns, air and noise pollution, energy resources and parking issues are already helping cities design solutions for a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable lifestyle. These […]

Drones Taking Flight For Public Entities

The speakers in this PRIMA 2016 session were Ben Eggert, Esq., Wiley Rein, LLP; Gerard Finley, CPCU, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.; Sarah Perry, Risk Manager, Columbia, MO and Richard Spiers, CPCU, ARM, Are, VP Claims, Genesis Management and Insurance Services. Drones are quickly becoming a technological innovation employed by public entities and businesses nationwide. While […]

Active Shooter Preparation & Response

In this session at the PRIMA 2016 Annual Conference, Regan Rychetsky, ABCP, Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Safety at Texas Health and Human Services Commission, explored effective preparation and response strategies that can be used with active shooter situations. An active shooter acts spontaneously, with little or no warning. The perpetrators are often depressed, […]

Student Travel: Developing a Risk Assessment Tool

Student travel is often conducted without the same administrative controls as other school activities. Pressures from staff, students and parents as well as existing school traditions make oversight difficult. Overnight trips, foreign trips and service-related travel are becoming more popular and thus there is a need to develop a risk assessment protocol to evaluate proposals […]

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Student Athlete Head Injury Prevention

At the 2016 PRIMA Annual Conference, Brett Carruthers from Wright Public Entity and the NYSIR and Neda Saric from Munich Re discussed the significant challenges in the prevention of student athlete head injuries. In the public entity world, this is a huge concern for school district administrators, athletic directors and coaches. One of the biggest […]

Personalized Emergency Preparedness for the School Professional

The biggest security threat to any organization is not a lack of cameras or access control – it’s the people. In a crisis, every school professional must engage in a specialized role. However, there may be temp employees or substitutes who may not know your crisis response plans. In this session at PRIMA 2016, Dana […]

Addressing Municipalities’ Workers’ Compensation Challenges

This session at the PRIMA 2016 Annual Conference featured a panel of public entity risk managers discussing their biggest workers’ compensation challenges and how they are overcoming them. Presenters included: Mark Walls, Safety National Kimberly George, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. Marilyn Rivers, CPCU, ARM, AIC, City Saratoga Springs, NY Dan Hurley, CSP, ARM-P, MS, […]

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