Safety Technology at Disney

At the 2018 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting, Ivan Diaz from Walt Disney Company talked about their safety efforts. Safety has always been a core part of Disney’s culture at their theme parks. If you look back at the letters that Walt Disney himself sent to new employees at Disneyland back in the 1950s, […]

Post Traumatic Stress

At the 2018 PRIMA Annual Conference, Kimberly George, SVP with Sedgwick, discussed the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD rarely stands on it’s own as a diagnosis. It is part of a larger issue around mental health. About one in five Americans will experience a significant mental health event this year. One in […]

Advocacy and Employee Engagement

At the 2018 CLM / Business Insurance Workers’ Compensation Conference a panel discussed advocacy and employee engagement in your workers’ compensation program. The panel included: Kimberly George – SVP, Corporate Development, M&A and Healthcare, Sedgwick Laurie Frey – Manager of Workers’ Compensation, Kohl’s Jim Roach – Attorney, Hennessy & Roach PC Nancy Strubler – Director […]

Pain Management Alternatives to Opioids

At the 2018 CLM / Business Insurance Workers’ Compensation Conference, a panel discussed non-opioid alternatives to pain management. The speakers included: James Atchison, DO – Medical Director Pain Management, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Caryn Feldman, PhD – Associate Professor Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Shana Margolis, MD – Attending Physician, […]

Impact of Digital Innovation on Risk Management

At the 2018 CLM /Business Insurance Workers’ Compensation Conference, a panel discussed how technology is impacting risk management and claims handling. The panel included: Christopher Griffith – CIO, Safety National James Bentham – CEO, JB Knowledge Skip Brechtel – CIO and EVP, CCMSI Stan Smith – Practice Leader, Milliman, Inc Predictive Analytics Predictive analytics is […]

Complex Pain Treatment Strategies

At the 2018 CLM / Business Insurance Workers’ Compensation Conference a panel discussed complex pain treatment strategies. The panel included: Melissa Dunn – Regional Claims Advocacy Leader, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Steven Moskowitz – Senior Medical Director, Paradigm Outcomes Kimberly Vaughn – AVP Workers’ Compensation, Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company Lisa Hunter – Attorney, Pullin, […]

ADA and Workers’ Compensation

At the 2018 Business Insurance / CLM Workers’ Compensation Conference a panel discussed the intersection of workers’ compensation and ADA. The panel included: Rajiv Dash, MD – Medical Director, Albertson’s Corporation Negar Matian – Attorney, Matian Law Group Carolyn Horton – Integrated Leave and Accommodation Manager, Costco Wholesale Erin Foley – Partner, Seyfarth Shaw It […]

Provider Networks in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2018 NCCI Annual Issues Symposium, Barry Lipton from NCCI and Alex Swedlow from CWCI discussed studies on the impact provider networks have on workers’ compensation. California Data Data reviewed from 1990-2017 332% increase in medical costs per claim during that time period. In 2003, California passed legislation to encourage medical network use. Another […]

Blockchain and Insurance

At the 2018 NCCI Annual Issues Symposium, Paul Meeusen, from Swiss Re and B3i discussed how blockchain can impact the insurance industry. Blockchain is defined as a digital data structure for identifying and tracking information across a network of computers. Blockchain provides a transparent and secure way to track and distribute the information. In insurance, […]

Marijuana and Opioids in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2018 NCCI Annual Issues Symposium, David Deitz, MD, and Raji Chadarevian from NCCI discussed the use of medical marijuana and opioids in workers’ compensation. The number of claims that included the use of opioid medications in workers’ compensation decreased 12% from 2014 to 2015 and 8% in from 2015 to 2016. Overall, opioid […]

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