7 Safety Trends to Address in Today’s Evolving Workplace

Monumental changes in how and where work is performed creates new risk and safety challenges. This session at the RIMS 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition examined emerging workplace risks and effective safety strategies to address them. Speakers included: Larry Pearlman, Senior Vice President, Workforce Strategies Practice, Marsh Timothy Martin, Global Health and Safety Manager, Steelcase, […]

Is Your Construction Crew Going Green? Medical Marijuana and Your Liability

Medical marijuana is now legal in 36 states, causing complex issues on construction job sites. In this session at the RIMS 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Matthew Rodliff, Senior Claims Manager, Complex Construction Claims at Liberty Mutual, discussed the impact this trend could have on claims outcomes in a high-risk industry. Medical marijuana can increases […]

Pot, Pills, and People

At the 2019 Executives in Workers Compensation Conference, a panel discussed pain management challenges and solutions. The speakers were: Mark Pew – SVP Preferred Medical Kathleen Collins – Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Craig Hospital Jamie Goff – Director of Workers’ Compensation Claims, BETA Healthcare Group Kevin Roberts – Partner, Hanna Brophy The opioid epidemic has evolved […]

Marijuana: What’s the Science and the Law?

Growing societal acceptance of marijuana and its increased use raise many legal and medical considerations for workers’ compensation and disability. This session at the 2018 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference provided updates and professional opinions on the legal and medical aspects of marijuana. Speakers included: Stuart Colburn, Esq., Shareholder, Downs Stanford Marcos Iglesias, MD, […]

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Marijuana: Lessons from Colorado and Maine

At the 2018 SAWCA All-Committee Conference, a session discussed how recreational and medical marijuana is impacting regulators, the medical community, and businesses in Colorado and Maine. The panel was: Paul Tauriello – Director, Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation Kristi Kelly – Director, Marajuana Industry Group Dominique Mendiola – Colorado Director of Medical Coordination Paul Sighinolfi […]

Marijuana and Opioids in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2018 NCCI Annual Issues Symposium, David Deitz, MD, and Raji Chadarevian from NCCI discussed the use of medical marijuana and opioids in workers’ compensation. The number of claims that included the use of opioid medications in workers’ compensation decreased 12% from 2014 to 2015 and 8% in from 2015 to 2016. Overall, opioid […]

How Marijuana is Affecting Workers’ Compensation and the Workplace

Presented by: Darrell Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Claims Officer, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. Denis Algiers, Director, Risk Initiatives/National Medical Director, Albertson’s Safeway, Inc. This session at the RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio was an overview of the state of recreational and medicinal marijuana legislation and impact with respect to […]

How Marijuana Laws Impact Prescription Drug Spending

At the 2018 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, Dr. David Bradford from the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia discussed the impact state marijuana laws have on prescription drug spending. The question is, what has been the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on the use of FDA approved pain […]

Recreational and Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

At the 2018 CLM/Business Insurance Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality conference a panel discussed the workplace challenges associated with marijuana. The panel included: Kerry Keeney Curtin – Senior Claims Analyst; Allied World Insurance Company Tony Lutfi – CEO; Maritime Management Company Barry Moscowitz – Attorney; Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons LLP Shane Singh – Attorney; Lewis, […]

Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2017 IAIABC Annual Convention, a session discussed the challenges and potential of medical marijuana in workers’ compensation. The speakers were: Matthew Fisher – Partner, Reinisch, Wilson, Weier PC Sherry Hickey – Assistant Vice President of Medical Management, Safety National One of the first challenges with medical marijuana is the conflict between state and […]

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