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 […]

2019 California Legislative Update

At the 2019 Executives in Workers’ Compensation conference, Jeff Rush from California JPIA discussed pending legislation impacting workers’ compensation and liability claims in California.  California has single party rule, with a Democratic governor and Democrats having a super-majority in both houses of the California legislature. This single party system makes it very easy for the […]

Medical Technology and Workers’ Compensation

At the 2019 Executives in Workers’ Compensation conference, a session talked about how advances in medical technology are impacting workers’ compensation. the speakers were: Constantine Gean, MD – Regional Medical Director, Liberty Mutual William Zachry – Senior Fellow, The Sedgwick Institute New technology can be both good and bad. It can create efficiencies and solve […]

Mega Loss Trends in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2019 Advisen Casualty Insights Conference a panel discussed the rapidly rising costs seen in workers’ compensation catastrophic injury claims. The speakers were: Mark Walls – VP Communications & Strategic Analysis, Safety National Michael Choo – Chief Medical Officer, Paradigm Thomas Ryan – Senior Principle National Practice Integrated Casualty Consulting, Willis Towers Watson Workers’ […]

Fraud in California Workers’ Compensation

At the 2019 California Self-Insurers Annual Conference, a panel discussed fraud in California Workers’ compensation. The speakers were: James Riddle – President and CEO, JLR Investigations John Riggs – Senior Manager Workers’ Compensation, The Walt Disney Company Jennifer Snyder – Head Deputy District Attorney Los Angeles According to one the panelists, these are what they […]

California Workers’ Comp Case Law Update

At the 2019 California Self-Insurer Association Annual Conference, Bill Armstrong from the Armstrong Law Firm highlighted some important recent California workers’ compensation case law. Young vs Splash Studio WCAB panel majority ruled that applicants home was employer authorized second job site and therefore injuries sustained traveling between home and other fixed work site was considered […]

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Update

At the 2019 California Self-Insurer Association Annual Conference, George Parisotto, Administrative Director from California Division of Workers’ Compensation discussed their ongoing activities. Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule The MTUS guidelines are an independent guideline that contains definitions and evidence based treatment guidelines. They include the ACOEM guidelines but can go beyond them. They are constantly looking […]

Cost of Denied Claims

At the 2019 California Self-Insurer Association Annual Conference a panel discussed the costs of denied claims. The speakers were: Alex Swedlow – President, CWCI Bill Zachry – Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute Mark Priven – Director Specialty Actuarial, Bickmore Lockton Study The genesis of this session was a report that was published by Lockton last year. […]

The 4th Industrial Revolution

A the 2019 California Self-Insurer Association Annual Conference, John Howard MD, Director for National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), talked about the evolving labor market in the United States. The first industrial revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The second industrial revolution used electric power to create mass production. The […]

Pro-Se Settlements

At the 2019 California Self-Insurers Association Annual Conference a panel discussed strategies for settling claims with injured workers’ that do not have attorney representation (pro-se). The speakers were: Julianna Cipraino, Law offices of Kollitz & Kollitz Lisa Kollitz – Law offices of Kollitz & Kollitz Tristan Juan – Information & Assistance officer, Division of Workers’ […]

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