2025 Outlook: Forecasts and Predictions from the CEO’s Desk

It is interesting and also imperative to look beyond today’s service demands and activities and project well into the future to anticipate needs and opportunities in the years ahead. We heard from the leaders of three leading third party administrator claims organizations. They are also the three immediate past keynote speakers from the WCI conference. […]

Improving the Image of Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation has come under the public eye in a very negative way. Yet, there really are success stories and other vignettes where workers’ compensation did work, where people did recover and were provided all that the law allows and more. So how does the industry put its best foot forward? This session at WCI’s […]

Winning Strategies for Workers’ Compensation Risk Management

This session at WCI’s 2016 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference highlighted program strategies from the three winners of the 2016 Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Award. SMS Holdings Corporation SMS Holdings provides full housekeeping services for large locations like airports, stadiums and malls. They created a nationwide safety program called Stop. Think. Act. They specifically […]

Pre-Employment, Post-Offer Testing – Strategies and Best Practices

This 2016 WCI session’s speaker was Bob Patterson, MPT, MBA, CAE, Executive Vice President/Co-Founder, Briotix Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA. Pre-employment, post-offer (PEPO) candidate testing has proven to be an effective means of reducing incidence rates and workers’ compensation costs. This session highlighted the nature of this risk management tool with regard to legal issues, implementation […]

An Update on Medical Marijuana

Medicinal marijuana is expanding rapidly and recreational marijuana is making a serious, and perhaps inevitable, run at being legal. So where do we stand from a medical perspective? In this session at WCI’s 2016 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, Donald Bucklin, MD, Medical Review Officer at U.S. Healthworks, provided a marijuana status update. There are 483 […]

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Healthy Employees are Happy and Productive Employees: Keeping your “Bottom Line” Healthy

This 2016 WCI session’s presenter was Freddie Kaye, PhD, LD, a nationally known clinical nutritionist. For more than 35 years, Dr. Kaye has taught physicians diet therapy and counselled “health challenged” people who are overweight and suffer from Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and have elevated lipids and  has helped people whose problems are related to […]

Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims in a Diverse Workforce

Workers’ compensation professionals are challenged to manage claims from employees with a variety of backgrounds, skills, abilities and demographics. This session at WCI’s 2016 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference discussed the challenges and opportunities that a diversified workforce creates in workers’ compensation claims management. Speakers included: – Michele Adams, Vice President, Risk Management Services, Walt Disney […]

Difficulties of Surgery in Workers’ Compensation

As the medical costs of workers’ compensation claims have risen sharply in recent years, the importance of understanding the role surgery plays in a claim has grown. This session at WCI’s 2016 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference discussed various delays and pitfalls related to surgeries in workers’ compensation. Speakers included: – Cheryl Gulasa, Vice President, AmeriSys […]

The Changing Landscape of Workers’ Compensation

Industry keynote speaker, Vincent T. Donnelly, President and Chief Executive Officer at PMA Companies, kicked off WCI’s 2016 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference with an update on the workers’ compensation industry. The workers’ compensation industry has been around for 100 years and continues to evolve. The industry has had to adapt with a changing landscape that […]

71st Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

Conference Chronicles will be blogging from the 71st Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference on August 21-24, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. This event, hosted by the Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI), brings together workers’ compensation professionals from across the country to discuss the hottest issues in workers’ compensation and safety. The event features breakout sessions for risk […]

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