Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2017 IAIABC Annual Convention, a session discussed the challenges and potential of medical marijuana in workers’ compensation. The speakers were: Matthew Fisher – Partner, Reinisch, Wilson, Weier PC Sherry Hickey – Assistant Vice President of Medical Management, Safety National One of the first challenges with medical marijuana is the conflict between state and […]

Injured Workers’ Perspective on Prevention and Return to Work

At the 2017 IAIABC Annual Convention, Curtis Weber with High Voltage Consulting shared his story as a severely injured worker who went on to become a safety trainer and consultant. Curtis was just a normal kid from a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada. He was active and sports loving. At age 17, he had passed […]

Telemedicine in workers’ compensation

At the 2017 IAIABC Annual Conference Michele Hibbert-Iaobacci from Mitchell International gave a presentation on how telemedicine can change workers’ compensation. The need for telemedicine on the healthcare side is highlighted by the shortage of physicians which is continually getting worse. Telemedicine allows patients in both rural and populated areas to easily see doctors. This […]

Controlling Opioid Abuse in Ohio

At the IAIABC Annual Convention, Nicholas Trego, Clinical Operations Manager with the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation discussed their strategies to reduce inappropriate opioid consumption on claims. The State of Ohio is the monopolistic workers’ compensation carrier. The program started in 2014 when they gained access to the Ohio PDMP. This allowed them to access […]

IAIABC Regulators Forum

At the 2017 International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) Annual Convention, workers’ compensation regulators from around the nation discussed regulatory and policy issues in their jurisdiction. New Mexico Just filed a 16% decrease in workers’ compensation rates. They are getting push back on that from carriers who feel it is excessive and […]

Ride Sharing for Workers’ Compensation Transportation

At the 2017 California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference, a panel discussed how ride sharing services can assist in providing transportation on worker’s compensation claims. The speakers included: Joseph McCullough – Senior VP of Transportation and Translation, One Call Care Management Nadir Vissanjy – Strategy Manager for Healthcare, Government & Education Partnerships, Lyft, Inc. America’s […]

Claims Strategies Using Social Media

At the 2017 California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference, a panel discussed using social media as a claims investigation tool and also the importance of performance metrics in evaluating your program. The speakers included: Steve Cassell – President & CEO, Command Investigations LLC Andy Olwert – President, Next Level Administrators Beth Savelli – Risk Manager, […]

How Florida Leverages Use of Regulatory Data

In this session at WCI’s 2017 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, Brittany O’Neil, Senior Policy Coordinator of the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation, shared how the Division is leveraging electronic claims, medical, and policy data reported to the Division as required by statute (69L-7.730, F.A.C. and section 440.185, F.S.). By accessing and providing this data in […]

Implications of Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Use to the Workplace and the Workers’ Compensation System 

Most do not know that the opioid epidemic, the parallel heroin epidemic and the momentum towards marijuana legalization are all interrelated. In this session at WCI’s 2017 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, Mark Pew, Senior Vice President at PRIUM, discussed the impact of these drugs on the workers’ compensation system and what the future holds. The […]

Effective Onsite Medical Programs

From medical bills, to lost productivity, to the emotional toll that an accident takes on injured employees, employers face skyrocketing costs associated with workers’ compensation claims. This panel at WCI’s 2017 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference highlighted how onsite therapy can help properly manage workplace injuries when they occur. The panel included: Jaime Sigurdsson, CEAS, Director […]


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