Future of Work: Fear, Reality, False Alarms

At the 2017 WCIRB Annual Conference, a session discussed the future of work and what his reality vs hype. The speakers were: Ward Brooks, WCIRB Vice President, Research Bill Mudge, WCIRB President and CEO There are a wide variety of views on this issue. Some feel that automation will significantly eliminate jobs in the future, […]

Friction in the Workers’ Compensation System

At the 2017 WCIRB Annual Conference a session discussed friction issues in the worker’s compensation system. The speakers were: Saul Allweiss, Attorney, Law Offices of Allweiss and McMurtry Tony Milano, WCIRB Vice President, Actuary Frictional costs in workers’ compensation are significantly higher than other systems. For example, to deliver $1 in benefits it cost: $0.04 […]

Medical Changes Impacting Workers’ Compensation

At the 2017 WCIRB Annual Conference, a session discussed the how changes in medical science are impacting workers compensation. The speakers were: Roman Kownacki, M.D., Chief Medical Director, Occupational Health, Kaiser Permanente Linda Radler, WCIRB Managing Director, Medical Analytics Opioids California is working to develop a prescription drug formulary and the expectation is that will […]

State of the System: WCIRB Perspective

At the 2017 WCIRB Annual Conference Dave Bellusci, WCIRB Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary, presented an update on the state of California workers’ compensation. The highlights: Premiums in California have doubled from 2009 to 2015. This is a combination of rate increases and payroll increases. Since 2015 the premium growth has moderated due to […]

Achieving Success in your Workers’ Compensation Program

At the 2017 PRIMA Annual Conference a panel discussed strategies to for addressing cost drivers in your workers’ compensation program. The panel was: Edward Canavan – VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance, Sedgwick Dawn Watkins – Director Integrated Disability Management, Los Angeles Unified School District Zachary Gifford – Associate Director Systemwide Risk Management, The California […]

How Advocacy Impacts Claims Management 

At the 2017 PRIMA Annual Conference a panel discussed how an advocacy approach can impact your claim managment program. The panel was: Dawn Watkins – Director Integrated Disability Management, Los Angeles Unified School District Kevin Confetti – Deputy Chief Risk Officer, University of California Teresa Bartlett – SVP Medical Quality, Sedgwick An advocacy based claims […]

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 […]

Advocacy-Based Claims Handling

At the 2017 Business Insurance/CLM Workers’ Compensation Conference, a panel discussed the importance of having an advocacy-based claims model. The speakers included: Natalie Bailey – Attorney, Hennessy Roach PC Andy Condrey – Claims Operations Manager, Gray Insurance Company Jim Saccone – AVP, Sedgwick Everyone has a role in advocacy. The employer, TPA, carrier, attorney and […]

Pain, Pot and Prescription Drugs

At the 2017 Business Insurance/CLM Workers’ Compensation Conference, a panel discussed the problems with marijuana, opioids, and pain. The panel was: Jennifer Saddy – Director Workers’ Compensation, American Airlines Teresa Bartlett – SVP Medical Director, Sedgwick Bert Randall – Attorney, Franklin Prokopik PC Opioids The opioid crisis in the U.S. costs our society over $55 […]

Managing the Risk of Workplace Violence

At the 2017 Business Insurance/CLM Workers’ Compensation Conference, a panel discussed managing the risks of workplace violence. The panel was: Mark Baker – VP Risk Management, Hyatt Corporation Lance Ewing – EVP Global Risk Management and Client Services, Cotton Holdings, Inc. Stephen Kmiec – VP, Sedgwick Dan Kugler –  VP Enterprise Risk Management, Rev Group […]

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