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November 06, 2019
Bijan Bijarchi
ARM, SVP Managed Care, Client Services
Centers of excellence: How top-rated medical centers are changing claims outcomes

The claims industry depends on risk managers and claims administrators to help improve outcomes for injured workers. And as the industry continues to evolve, claims professionals are discovering new ways to approach treatment and care. Collaborating…

November 06, 2019 by Bijan Bijarchi, ARM, SVP Managed Care, Client Services
November 01, 2019
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Behind the scenes at IAIABC

Last week, the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) held its 105th convention in Pittsburgh. The IAIABC is an association of workers’ compensation jurisdictional regulatory agencies and industry stakeholder…

November 01, 2019 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
October 25, 2019
Chris Carlton
Director, Repair Solutions
Insurance Repair, Brexit, and the Elephant

Brexit has caused a lot of discussion around potential impacts, threats and mitigations. Like many organizations, we’ve been carefully monitoring the situation and talking to our building repair and restoration contractors about their views from the …

October 25, 2019 by Chris Carlton, Director, Repair Solutions
October 18, 2019
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
Strategies for improving mental health at the workplace

The first step toward improving mental health issues in the workplace is to raise awareness of these conditions and identify ways to assist those needing treatment. Sometimes, employers are surprised to learn the scale and scope of mental illnes…

October 18, 2019 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
October 11, 2019
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Comp Laude 2019: Recovery, independence and giving back

WorkCompCentral’s 2019 Comp Laude awards and gala brought workers’ compensation stakeholders together to share, educate and celebrate those who are dedicated to improving outcomes — and the industry as a whole.  As the 2017 recipient of t…

October 11, 2019 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
October 05, 2019
Rebecca Sherman, LMSW, ACSW - Behavioral Health Specialist
What is resiliency and why does it matter?

The concept of resiliency has captured the attention of mental health professionals around the globe. And for good reason. Resiliency is our emotional fitness, or ability to bounce back from, cope with and adapt to adversity. Think of that old saying…

October 05, 2019 by Rebecca Sherman, LMSW, ACSW - Behavioral Health Specialist
September 27, 2019
Desiree Tolbert
AVP National Technical Compliance
First responder legislation trend continues

The introduction and passage of legislation across the country impacting benefits for first responders continues to be a trend in 2019. These bills primarily focus on cancer presumptions, mental health coverage, the expansion of covered first respond…

September 27, 2019 by Desiree Tolbert, AVP National Technical Compliance
September 20, 2019
Neil Baldwin, Head of UK Retail and Adrian Cartwright-Bain, UK Managing Director, Commercial
Supporting World Alzheimer’s Day

There are nearly 50 million people living with dementia worldwide. To raise awareness about this terrible disease, the Alzheimer’s Society is campaigning to highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia and raise funds to support vital resear…

September 20, 2019 by Neil Baldwin, Head of UK Retail and Adrian Cartwright-Bain, UK Managing Director, Commercial
September 20, 2019
Bill Zachry
Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute
Gig economy facing a massive sea change in California

Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5: Gonzalez; D-San Diego), which was recently passed by the California legislature and just signed into law Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom, will fundamentally change much of California’s gig economy, including how gig wor…

September 20, 2019 by Bill Zachry, Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute
September 11, 2019
Damian Glynn
Director, Head of Financial Lines, UK
5 tricky matters: Examining the potential technical insurance pitfalls of Brexit

When the referendum result in June 2016 declared that the UK intended to leave the European Union, the plan was clear – we had to negotiate a withdrawal agreement, leave in March 2019 and enter into a transition period.   However, three ye…

September 11, 2019 by Damian Glynn, Director, Head of Financial Lines, UK
September 05, 2019
Ed Reis
President, Sedgwick Repair Solutions
Damage from Dorian highlights key steps in the restoration and clean-up process

As we watched Hurricane Dorian wreak havoc on the Bahamas earlier this week, causing devastating damage and tragic losses, the need for emergency resources was abundantly clear. After bringing strong winds and heavy rain to Florida, the storm continu…

September 05, 2019 by Ed Reis, President, Sedgwick Repair Solutions
August 30, 2019
Dr. Paul Peak
Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
The age of accountability

An important judgement on opioids in Oklahoma While the country is still experiencing the devastating impact of a full-fledged opioid epidemic in 2019, the day may have arrived for a select group of drug manufacturers to face court-mandated restitut…

August 30, 2019 by Dr. Paul Peak, Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
August 23, 2019
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Gabapentin and Lyrica: Safer alternatives for pain management?

The opioid epidemic in this country has left prescribers looking for pain treatment alternatives, and one emerging option has been anticonvulsants known as gabapentinoids (e.g. gabapentin and Lyrica®, also known as pregabalin). With a need for option…

August 23, 2019 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
August 16, 2019
Ian Gibbs
National Technical Manager, Sedgwick
Sedgwick helping to shape the future of UK flood resilience

In 2007, catastrophic flooding in the UK killed 13 people, saw 420,000 inhabitants left without drinking water and was estimated to have caused nearly £6 billion of damage. This disaster was the trigger for a number of insurance and government-led in…

August 16, 2019 by Ian Gibbs, National Technical Manager, Sedgwick
August 08, 2019
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
Increasing awareness of the impact of PTSD in the workplace

(DMEC) - One of the most heartwarming commercials on air today features a veteran at an animal shelter surveying dogs available for adoption. While most of the dogs are playfully vying for attention, he notices one dog with soulful eyes, quietly rest…

August 08, 2019 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management