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Implementing Medical Marijuana into Workers’ Compensation

The medical marijuana train is coming down the tracks, so to speak. It is time for the workers’ compensation industry to begin fully understanding it, determine guidelines to control it and prepare to implement it into programs. Sherri Hickey, Assistant Vice President of Medical Management, sheds some light as to…

Building a Rock Solid Risk Control Plan

You are now assigned safety and risk management duties for your organization. Now what? Where do you start? Ariel Jenkins, Director – Risk Control, provides an overview in his latest article on PRIMA’s blog. View the full article here.

Demand for Impairment Training High as Employers Prep for Marijuana Law

Employers are requesting marijuana “impairment detection training” as they grapple with balancing anti-discrimination provisions in the recreational marijuana laws with their missions to maintain safe workplaces. Mark Walls, Vice President of Communications & Strategic Analysis, discussed the difficulty this is causing employers in a recent interview with Business Insurance. View the…

Safety National Hosts Medical Marijuana Webinar, Local Carriers Talk Marijuana Policy

Safety National recently hosted a webinar where all panelists agreed that carriers need to get into the habit of anticipating the use of medical marijuana in claims and develop policy around it. The Louisiana Comp Blog featured highlights from the webinar. View the full article here.

Opioids are Just One Pharmaceutical Issue Facing Workers’ Comp Programs

The opioid crisis receives a lot of attention, however, there are other significant pharmaceutical issues in workers’ compensation that have been getting far less attention than opioids. Sherri Hickey, Assistant Vice President – Claims, discusses this issue with WCI in their latest article, “Opioids are Just One Pharmaceutical Issue Facing…

Engagement, Good Goals Aid in Creating Safety Culture

A team environment among all levels of staff that adheres to the same safety procedures and practices must be in place in order to create a safety culture that will prevent workplace accidents and injuries. Claims Journal highlighted principles that Vik Ramaswamy, Risk Control Manager, taught in a webinar on…

Developing a Post-Injury Management Program

Workplace injuries not only cost employers money, but also have the potential to create a lot of uncertainty that negatively affects employee morale. In this PRIMA Blog post, Kevin O’Sadnick, Risk Control Manager, shares how to develop an effective program aimed at improving employee engagement and morale while reducing the…

First Impressions Matter in Comp Claims

Workers’ compensation experts say that trust in the workplace and early positive communication between injured workers and their employers or claims handlers can play a crucial role in reducing the time it takes a claimant to return to work, as well as keeping comp claim costs in check. Stephen Peacock,…

Opportunities for Treatment Guidelines

Mark Walls, Vice President of Communications & Strategic Analysis, co-authored this article on Insurance Thought Leadership from a previous Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark webinar. The article stresses that understanding a jurisdiction’s strengths and shortcomings, taking a strategic approach to developing treatment guidelines, and following some common-sense tips…

2017 Issues to Watch in Workers’ Comp

Mark Walls and Kimberly George discuss their thoughts on 20 issues that the workers’ compensation industry should have on their radar for 2017 with Insurance Thought Leadership. These issues include the impact of the election, OSHA, rates and premiums and long-tail exposures to name a few.   Click here to…

Self-Insurance 101

Insurance Business America recently corresponded with Seth Smith, Senior Vice President of Workers’ Compensation Underwriting, to learn about self-insurance. View the full article here.

New Captive Services Line Hits the Market

In order to boost its product offering and provide clients across the country with a wide range of options, Safety National recently launched its latest line: captive services. To find out more about the product, its role in the modern market and why alternative risk services are so important, Insurance…