Return-To-Work Challenges & Opportunities

Establishing an effective return-to-work program is widely accepted as one of the most significant cost-saving measures for managing employees’ workers’ compensation injuries. This panel discussion at WCI’s 2017 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference reviewed trends in return-to-work program administration.  The panel included: Frances Ford, Co-Founder, ReEmployAbility (moderator) Nathan Hughes, Director of Risk Management, Safelite Group Jodie […]

Before-During-After – An Effective RTW Program

At the 2017 annual PRIMA conference a panel explains how an effective return-to-work program includes much more than light duty. A complete program includes planning and analysis that takes place before an accident or injury occurs. The panel for this session includes: JJ Schmidt, Senior Vice President-Managed Care, York Risk Services Group Kimberly Wickert, Vice […]

Walking the FMLA-ADA-Workers’ Compensation Tightrope

Can you maintain the balance between the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and your workers’ compensation claims? At the RIMS 2017 Annual Conference, Drew Pomerance, Partner, Roxborough, Pomerance, Nye & Adreani, LLC, and Tamara Johnson, Vice President, Lockton, discussed how you can equip workers with the correct information […]

Important Elements of Successful Return-to-Work Programs

Return-to-work programs frequently get cited as essential claims management tools for helping injured workers recover while eliminating employer costs. Yet many employers have not implemented programs, perhaps fearing that the task is too daunting. This session at the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference offered strategies to create a return-to-work program. Speakers included: Ann-Marie […]

Teddy Award-Winning Employers Showcase Their Successful Strategies

This roundtable session at the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference provided key strategies and tangible practices from this year’s Teddy Award Winners. Panelists included: Danielle Hill, Human Resources Compliance Manager, Hampton Roads Transit Jennifer Massey, Corporate Director of Safety and Health and Claims Management, Harder Mechanical Contractors Laurie English, Senior VP, Chief Human […]

Restoring Function and Returning to Work

At the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, Marcos Iglesias from The Hartford and Robert Hall from Helios discussed the impact of disability and tools for improving outcomes for injured workers.  Ways injured workers are impacted by disability include: Loss of income – Not only during the course of the claim, but potential loss […]

Merging Safety Cultures

At the 2016 Illinois Self Insurers’ Association 38th Annual Educational Seminar and Membership Meeting, Joan Vincenz, Managing Director Workers’ Compensation and Managed Care with United Airlines, talked about the process United went through to restructure their workers’ compensation program when they merged with Continental. The vision statement of United Airlines is to return their employee to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Workers’ Compensation Outcomes by State

At the 2016 WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference, WCRI representatives presented a session comparing workers’ compensation outcomes across states. Panelists included: Dr. Sharon Belton – WCRI Dr. Bogdan Savych – WCRI Dr. Vennela Thumula – WCRI The purpose of this study and other similar studies recently conducted by WCRI was to analyze the outcomes […]

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