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This is the voice of our experts. Sedgwick is committed to continuous improvement, being open to new ideas, delivering value, and advancing our industry through the sharing of knowledge. Our bloggers provide unique insight and commentary on a wide range of issues facing employers today. We discuss the most important industry developments and emerging trends in workers’ compensation, liability, disability, benefits management, property and more – and we invite you to join the discussion.

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January 10, 2020
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Management
The challenges and benefits of state PFML programs for employers

For employers operating in multiple states — and even in single states — it’s become more challenging to effectively manage employee benefits. Many bills have been introduced that have components impacting paid leave benefits, such as cha…

January 10, 2020 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Management
January 03, 2020
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
ICD-11 classifies burnout as an occupational condition

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reclassified workplace burnout in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), the manual physicians use to assign a diagnosis for treatment and medical billing. The update…

January 03, 2020 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
December 20, 2019
Ericka DeBruce
VP Engagement, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility
What fills your heart?

Sedgwick colleagues around the world serve people and organizations with empathy. Whether it’s helping a client’s employee overcome a health crisis or an insured homeowner rebuild after a natural disaster, taking care of people fills our hearts each …

December 20, 2019 by Ericka DeBruce, VP Engagement, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility
December 13, 2019
George Furlong
SVP Managed Care Program Outcomes Analysis
Does utilization review really increase litigation rates?

Utilization review (UR) is an effective and proven approach that ensures injured workers receive timely and appropriate medical treatment for their work-related injuries. With UR, nurses review medical requests, comparing them to evidence-based guide…

December 13, 2019 by George Furlong, SVP Managed Care Program Outcomes Analysis
December 06, 2019
Rodney Milford
Partner, Forensic advisory services, Sedgwick Australia
Early bushfire season strikes Australia – what this means for businesses

In November, Australia experienced one of its worst series of bushfire events – with bushfires occurring concurrently across multiple states. At present in December, many of these fires are still burning and spreading to other regions. Of concern is …

December 06, 2019 by Rodney Milford, Partner, Forensic advisory services, Sedgwick Australia
November 27, 2019
Mike Merlino
SVP Medicare Compliance
WCMSA reference guide: Things to consider

Staying in the know about what’s happening with Medicare is critical, as the changes to regulations can have an impact on workers’ compensation for payers. Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Version 3.0 of the WCMSA…

November 27, 2019 by Mike Merlino, SVP Medicare Compliance
November 22, 2019
Lisa Orr
CPE, Sr. Human Factors Consultant
Remote office ergonomics: Simple adjustments, big benefits

As our office environment becomes more sedentary, we’re discovering the need for office ergonomics programs. Employees may spend long hours sitting in an uncomfortable chair, or at a desk that’s not quite the right height. This puts them at risk of p…

November 22, 2019 by Lisa Orr, CPE, Sr. Human Factors Consultant
November 15, 2019
Chris Mandel, RF
SVP Strategic Solutions
TRIA reauthorization update – Latest developments

The Financial Services Committee (FSC) of the House of Representatives recently held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, also known as TRIA, which expires on December 31, 2020. This risk-financing mechanism has prove…

November 15, 2019 by Chris Mandel, RF, SVP Strategic Solutions
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