Status & Changes of CMS/MSA Compliance

At the 2022 SAWCA All Committee Conference, a panel shared information and insight on the current status and changes of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Set-Asides (MSA) and their impact on injured workers, employers, and state workers’ compensation systems. Speakers included: Moderator: James Forrester – Maryland Commissioner Steve Peacock – Director Client […]

SAWCA Regulators Roundtable

At the 2022 Sothern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) All-Committee Conference, a panel of industry regulators discussed some of the challenges they are facing. Represented states included: Colorado Delaware Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Mississippi New Mexico South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia Wisconsin Maximum Indemnity Benefits There are concerns from state regulators that low wage […]

OSHA Compliance and Workers’ Compensation

What are the major reputational risk facing employers in today’s environment? At the 2022 WCR Conference, a group of expert panelists discussed the interplay of managing OSHA compliance risk and workers’ compensation. The speakers included: Jordan Hetherington – ARM – Workers’ Compensation Manager, Tesla Roy Park – Park | Guenthart Amir Sharifi – Sr. Manager, Workplace Risk, […]

Keeping Claims on Track

What is the smartest way to improve the claims process? At the 2022 WCR Conference, a panel of experts provided 60 practical tips and strategies in 60 minutes that can be used to ensure your workers’ compensation claims stay on the right track. Speakers included: Moderator, Stuart D. Colburn, Esq. Downs Standford P.C. Panelists: Edward […]

Social Barriers to an Injured Worker’s Recovery

We know that health is determined by more than just access to quality medical care. Social factors such as poverty, housing, and education can significantly impact health outcomes. These factors are known as the social determinants of health (SDOH). At the 2022 WCR Conference, a group of panelists discussed these social barriers to recovery and […]

Creating a Gold Star Return-to-Work Program

How do you train managers on return to work and applying light duty restrictions? How do you know you’re selecting the right vendors and physicians? At the 2022 Workers’ Compensation Institute Conference in Orlando, an interactive session including audience members and an expert panel share the highs and lows of their return-to-work programs. Speakers included: […]

How Presumptions Impact the Grand Bargain of Workers’ Compensation

At the 2022 PRIMA conference, a session discussed the impact that presumptions are having on the grand bargain of workers’ compensation. The speakers were: DeeAnn Wagner – Sedgwick Paula Lowder – Colorado Special Districts Property & Liability Pool Helana Barmore – Texas Association of Counties Jeff Rush – California JPIA When workers’ compensation was initially […]

The Great Reshuffle’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation

At the 2022 NCCI Annual Insights Symposium, a session discussed how changes to the labor force are impacting workers’ compensation. The speakers were Len Herk and Carolyn Wise from NCCI. Highlights In the latest jobs report, there were over two million less people in the workforce compared to pre-pandemic figures from 2019. Labor shortages have […]

NCCI State of the Line Report

At the 2022 NCCI Annual Insights Symposium, NCCI Chief Actuary, Donna Glenn, presented the annual State of the Line Report. This includes workers’ compensation data from NCCI states on primary workers’ compensation policies. The highlights were as follows: For calendar year 2021, workers’ compensation had the lowest combined ratio of all property-casualty lines. In some […]

NCCI State of Line Report

On May 11, 2021, NCCI held their Annual Issues Symposium. NCCI is the largest workers’ compensation rating agency representing 34 states, which is the data used in their analysis. The main event of the Annual Issues Symposium is always their State of the Line Presentation. Here are some highlights from that presentation: Net written premium […]

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