NCCI update at SAWCA

At the 2019 SAWCA All- Committee Conference, Clarissa Preston and David Benedict from NCCI provided an update on legislative issues around the nation. Federal level TRIA reauthorization is one of the most important issues facing the insurance industry right now. A House Committee has passed a bill to reauthorize TRIA for another 7 years. Hearings […]

Insurance Industry Roundtable

At the 2019 SAWCA All-Committee Conference, a panel of representatives from the insurance industry discussed a variety of issues. The speakers were: Steve Nowak – Trean Corp Mark Walls – Safety National Jeff Eggleston – AKERA Jeremy Terry – KEMI Melissa Blatt – Encova Billy Roberts – AMFed Barbara Cullum – Eastern Alliance Andrew Pauley […]

Regulator Panel at SAWCA

The Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) is an organization that provides educational and networking opportunities to both state workers’ compensation regulators and members of the community that they regulate. At the 2019 SAWCA All-Committee Conference, a panel of regulators discussed a variety of issues. The panel was: Frank McKay – Chairman, Georgia State […]

A Conversation on Permanent Impairment

At the 2019 IAIABC Annual Convention, a session discussed the challenges and controversy around the use of the AMA Guidelines to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. This was a live “Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark” session moderated by Kimberly George from Sedgwick and Mark Walls from Safety National. Their guests were: Abbie Hudgens […]

IAIABC Heads of Delegation Forum

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissioners (IAIABC) brings together workers’ compensation regulations from around the world with the industry they regulate to discuss a variety of issues. It is a great opportunity for the workers’ compensation community to interact with the industry regulators. One of the highlights of the event is the […]

Employer Panel at SAWCA

At the 2019 SAWCA Annual Convention, Mark Walls from Safety National moderated a panel discussion featuring large employers who all retain risk on their workers’ compensation programs. The panel featured: Brenda Ratcliff – Shaw Industries Connie Chandler – United Postal Services Elizabeth Bailey – Waffle House Marc Salm – Publix Supermarkets Melisa Yopp – Tyson […]

Managing Conflict Inherent In A Workers’ Compensation Claim

The end goal of every workers’ compensation claim is to get the injured worker back to work as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Even with the best intentions, misalignment between parties is common. In this session at WCI’s 2019 Educational Conference, panelists explored creative methods to build stronger alignment between stakeholders. Moderator: Jim Robert – […]

Avoiding Pitfalls in Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance

At the 2019 WCI Conference, a session discussed how to avoid common pitfalls of the Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance (MSP) process. The speakers were: Heather Sanderson – Chief Legal Officer, Franco Signor LLc Rose Arellano – Director of Healthcare Billing & Recoveries, Performant Corp (current CMS contractor) Cliff Connor – VP Medicare Compliance, Gallagher Bassett […]

Customized Early Symptom Intervention Programs – Do They Work?

Early Symptom Intervention (ESI) programs can improve the overall well-being and productivity of workers. However, many employers face challenges when implementing these programs. In this session at WCI’s 2019 Educational conference, panelists discuss how they have developed and maintained successful ESI programs and share statistics on their return on investment. Moderator: Robyn Lewis – Regional […]

Advocacy and the Injured Worker Experience

Employers who have adopted and embraced advocacy early on are becoming increasingly creative in the way they engage employees. Initial results are impressive, yielding improved outcomes. This session at WCI’s 2019 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference examined the important elements of an employee advocacy approach. Speakers included: Noreen Olson, RN, MN, COHN-S, ARM, Manager, Claims, Risk […]

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