Current Issues & Trends Related to MSA/MSP Compliance

This panel at the California Workers Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point addressed current issues and best practices in regards to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP), Medicare Set Asides (MSA) and Section 111 reporting. Panelists were moderater Mark Walls, VP Communications & Strategic Analysis at Safety National, Rafael Gonzalez, Vice President at Helios, Jessica Smythe, […]

Opiate Prescribing in Workers’ Comp: What are the Solutions?

The Opiate Prescribing in Workers’ Compensation session at the California Workers’ Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point offered some bold statements – opioids are not just a workers’ comp problem, they are a societal problem, and it is going to take us a decade to get out of this problem, starting with the doctor. […]

Technological Interventions to Prevent Loss

This session at the California Workers Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point outlined projects that have successfully leveraged technology to provide timely, actionable changes that resulted in loss reduction. Panelists included Karen Kridel-Schwabe, Senior Manager Risk Management at The Walt Disney Company, Kurt Leisure, VP Risk Services at The Cheesecake Factory, Robert Dickerson, Senior […]

Issues Complicating the Claims Handling Process

Workers’ compensation claims handling can be extremely complicated, especially in California. The session at the California Workers Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point titled “Lets Get Ready To Rumble” focused on discussing a variety of issues that make a difficult situation even worse. The panel consisted of Bill Goldstein – Wells Fargo, Robert Rassp […]

CEOs & Stakeholders Identify Workers’ Comp Market Trends

This open mic session at the California Workers Comp & Risk Conference in Dana Point featured insurance market E- and C-Suite leaders, senior management and industry stakeholders identifying emerging market trends that are important to employers in California. Panelists included moderator Pamela Ferrandino, National Practice Leader at Willis North America, Bill Rabl, Chief Opperating Officer […]

The Current State of California Workers’ Compensation & Looking Forward

The California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference in Dana Point opened with a session featuring employers and stakeholders in the industry weighing in on the current state of California Workers’ Compensation and what’s on the horizon for 2015. Panelists were moderator Mark Walls, VP Communications & Strategic Analysis at Safety National, William Zachry, VP of […]

State of the Workers’ Comp Industry

The final panel I moderated was the State of the WC Industry Panel. The panelists were Gordon Clemons from Corvel, Al Hammermiller from UPS, Scott Hudson from Gallagher Bassett, and Jim Wucherpfenning from Travelers. Among the issues discussed included: • How does CA compare to other states: The overall consensus was higher costs and a […]

California Work Comp Case Law Update

The panelists for this session were three attorneys, Adam Dombchik, Michael Gaston, and Michael Sullivan. There were two cases that they spent the most time discussing. Dubon vs World Restoration This case involved a UR / IMR dispute. The WCAB ruled that if a UR decision has a “material defect” then the requirement for IMR […]

CCWC Conference’s Opening Session Debates SB 863

The CCWC Conference was July 16-19, 2014. The event was held at the Grand California Hotel on the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. They indicated there were over 500 attendees and over 52 speakers at the conference. The opening session was a Legislative – Political update. The panelists were Paul Yoder and Jason Schmelzer from […]

California Coalition on Workers Compensation (CCWC) Annual Conference

The CCWC Conference was July 16-19, 2014. The event was held at the Grand California Hotel on the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. There were over 500 attendees and over 52 speakers at the conference. Safety National attended and presented at the event.  Mark Walls from Safety National participated in the Bloggers Panel, State of the […]

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