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March 21, 2019
Dan Dyce, CPCU, RPA
Earthquake Claim Handling Consultant and Vale trainer, Sedgwick
Being prepared in the event of an earthquake

Spring will be here soon and there will be many articles published to prepare you for severe weather season. There is a debate between those who live in the path of storms and those who live in earthquake prone areas- which is worse? Do you want to h…

March 21, 2019 by Dan Dyce, CPCU, RPA , Earthquake Claim Handling Consultant and Vale trainer, Sedgwick
March 15, 2019
Chris Mandel, RF
SVP Strategic Solutions
Emerging risks soon to make the radar

A CEO I once worked for used to regularly ask me, “Tell me what I don’t know.” In his view, he could read the Wall Street Journal or any number of other typical sources of intelligence and information about running organizations, just like me as his …

March 15, 2019 by Chris Mandel, RF, SVP Strategic Solutions
March 08, 2019
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Practice and Compliance
Accommodating an aging workforce

I recently read an article that sparked some debate on Twitter while also illustrating how we can all think a little bigger about accommodations for the aging workforce. The article put a spotlight on the case of a woman with early-onset dementia who…

March 08, 2019 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Practice and Compliance
March 01, 2019
Jo Suppiah,ACMA, CGMA,
Partner, Forensic Advisory Services, UK
Supply chain risk insurance – An unknown maze?

The risk landscape is continuously changing. However, business interruption including supply chain risk continues to remain as one of the top three risks businesses face for the seventh year in a row.[i] Most businesses operate within a complex suppl…

March 01, 2019 by Jo Suppiah,ACMA, CGMA,, Partner, Forensic Advisory Services, UK
February 20, 2019
Bruce McKenzie
National Manager, Commercial Services & Major Projects, Australia, Building consultancy division
Combustible cladding: What building owners and owner corporate managers need to know

Combustible cladding has been installed on numerous buildings where it has significantly increased the risk of fire spread, putting lives at great risk. The Lacrosse Building fire in Melbourne in 2014 and the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017 are…

February 20, 2019 by Bruce McKenzie, National Manager, Commercial Services & Major Projects, Australia, Building consultancy division
February 15, 2019
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
The value of opioid avoidance

The opioid epidemic remains a top news story and has been ever since public awareness began to dramatically increase in 2012 due to numerous celebrity deaths and renewed focus by federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C…

February 15, 2019 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
February 08, 2019
Simon Melhuish
Home Investigations Director
Uncovering the silver bullet

Home case study The evidence needed to prove insurance fraud is often well hidden, which makes uncovering that crucial ‘silver bullet’ very satisfying.  A substantial water damage claim was identified as suspicious by one of our adjusters durin…

February 08, 2019 by Simon Melhuish, Home Investigations Director
February 01, 2019
Andrea Buhl
MSN, RN, FNP-BC, SVP of clinically integrated medical programs
Leveraging predictive analytics to deploy clinical resources

The decision to deploy clinical resources on a claim can be crucial to the outcome of the claim. This decision is frequently made when the claim hits a specific dollar threshold or when the examiner determines a referral is needed. However, assigning…

February 01, 2019 by Andrea Buhl, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, SVP of clinically integrated medical programs
January 25, 2019
Desiree Tolbert-Render, AVP, National Technical Compliance-Workers’ Compensation
Will U.S. Supreme Court independent contractor ruling have ramifications outside the transportation industry?

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted the case, New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira,for review to resolve disagreements among courts across the country regarding the exclusion in Section 1 of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) of “contracts of employment of seamen, …

January 25, 2019 by Desiree Tolbert-Render, AVP, National Technical Compliance-Workers’ Compensation
January 16, 2019
Kathy Tazic
Managing Director Client Services
Celebrating our 50th anniversary and preparing for the future of care

Sedgwick has many achievements to be proud of as we begin 2019, including celebrating 50 years in business. Leveraging our proven experience working with the world’s leading organizations, we continue to adapt our offerings to help manage the wide ar…

January 16, 2019 by Kathy Tazic, Managing Director Client Services
January 04, 2019
Susan Burns
Assistant VP, Specialty Operations-PL
Opioid addiction in senior citizens: the painful truth

As we wrap up the holiday season, “Season’s Greetings” feels more like “Season’s Grievings” for some seniors. The holidays tend to bring back memories of good times, happier times when life was “good.” But sometimes what’s underlying a change in mood…

January 04, 2019 by Susan Burns, Assistant VP, Specialty Operations-PL
December 17, 2018
Ericka DeBruce
VP Engagement, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility
Every drop counts

At Sedgwick, taking care of people is at the heart of everything we do. Millions of people and organizations around the world count on us each year to take care of their needs. Clean water is a necessity for everyone and life without it can seem unim…

December 17, 2018 by Ericka DeBruce, VP Engagement, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility
December 11, 2018
Michael Brendel and Christopher Grant, AVPs Specialty Operation & Sandra Liles, Director, Professional Liability Nurse Consultants
Flu season: What long-term care facilities can do to protect residents

Well, it’s that time of year again.  As per the CDC, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May. As we know, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that in…

December 11, 2018 by Michael Brendel and Christopher Grant, AVPs Specialty Operation & Sandra Liles, Director, Professional Liability Nurse Consultants
December 03, 2018
George Furlong, SVP Managed Care, Sedgwick
Improved decision making: Three keys to getting value from data analytics

In today’s information age, data is everywhere. We’re inundated with it. But gathering data is just one piece of a much larger puzzle. Data isn’t very useful if nothing is done with it. It’s the analysis that leads to using data effectively to make b…

December 03, 2018 by George Furlong, SVP Managed Care, Sedgwick
November 29, 2018
Bill Zachry
Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute
Peer Dialogues: Improving the claims settlement calculation process

To those unfamiliar with the process, calculating claims’ settlements may appear to be a mysterious and complicated endeavor. However, when done right, the process can and should be transparent, fair and beneficial to all parties. Risk managers play…

November 29, 2018 by Bill Zachry, Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute