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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
August 02, 2019
Nicolas Chabauty
Hub Manager & Expert, Major & Complex Loss, Sedgwick France
Drought in France: How is the risk increasing?

Drought in France is now a high priority for insurance companies. Over the past few weeks, temperatures have soared and new measures are being put in place to deal with the phenomenon. The persistent heat has caused drought and water shortages with …

August 02, 2019 by Nicolas Chabauty, Hub Manager & Expert, Major & Complex Loss, Sedgwick France
August 02, 2019
Nicolas Chabauty
Manager de Hub MCL - Expert Entreprises Dommage, Sedgwick France
Sécheresse en France: Pourquoi les risques augmentent-ils?

C’est dans un contexte de changement climatique global et impactant l’ensemble de la Société, que nous abordons le sujet de la sécheresse en France, d’un point de vue assurantiel. Ce sujet est désormais prioritaire pour les compagnies d’assurance. …

August 02, 2019 by Nicolas Chabauty, Manager de Hub MCL - Expert Entreprises Dommage, Sedgwick France
July 26, 2019
Carlos Mantecas
MSc Forestry, Sedgwick Spain
European heat wave compounds wildfire danger

Less than one month after an historic heat wave gripped more than half of Europe, another far-reaching heat wave is leaving a lasting effect on many of the same locations this week, with at least 12 countries reaching record-setting temperatures. The…

July 26, 2019 by Carlos Mantecas, MSc Forestry, Sedgwick Spain
July 17, 2019
Scott Abbott
MAIB, Manager, Building Consultancy Services, Sedgwick Australia
Combustible cladding crisis

What will be the full impact for building certifiers and fire engineers as Australian insurance providers depart the professional indemnity market? Recently Australian underwriters and insurers have decided to withdraw from providing professional in…

July 17, 2019 by Scott Abbott, MAIB, Manager, Building Consultancy Services, Sedgwick Australia
July 11, 2019
Beth Burry
AVP, clinical ops, Sedgwick field case management and return to work
Five important elements of a strong return-to-work program

When an employee gets injured on the job, helping them return to work as quickly and safely as possible is the top priority. The longer they stay off work, claim costs rise and productivity is impacted. Studies show that the longer an injured employe…

July 11, 2019 by Beth Burry, AVP, clinical ops, Sedgwick field case management and return to work
July 02, 2019
Beth Burry
AVP, clinical ops, Sedgwick field case management and return to work
Functional job descriptions: Why do you need them?

As every manager knows, job descriptions are a necessary tool to help match the most appropriate and qualified candidates to job postings, while weeding out ‘unqualified’ candidates. This means many job descriptions are written to exclude candidates …

July 02, 2019 by Beth Burry, AVP, clinical ops, Sedgwick field case management and return to work
June 28, 2019
Jason Landrum
Global Chief Information Officer
Cryptocurrency: The future of claim payments?

Last week, Facebook announced plans for its own cryptocurrency called Libra. First, let me define cryptocurrency: “Cryptocurrency is a digital currency built with cryptographic protocols that make transactions secure and difficult to fake. The most …

June 28, 2019 by Jason Landrum, Global Chief Information Officer
June 21, 2019
Carlos Mantecas Alonso
Director of Marine & Cargo, Sedgwick Iberia
El sector marítimo navegando en la cuarta revolución industrial

Desde hace unas semanas se puede ver en televisión el nuevo anuncio de uno de los SUV más vendidos del mercado. No recordaría el anuncio si no fuera porque además de todo tipo de prestaciones se anuncia que es capaz de circular por autopista sin la a…

June 21, 2019 by Carlos Mantecas Alonso, Director of Marine & Cargo, Sedgwick Iberia
June 21, 2019
Carlos Mantecas Alonso
Director of Marine & Cargo, Sedgwick Iberia
Marine sector sailing through the fourth industrial revolution

Spanish version: https://www.sedgwick.com/blog/2019/06/21/el-sector-mar%C3%ADtimo-navegando-en-la-cuarta-revoluci%C3%B3n-industrial For a few weeks now, a new commercial for one of the best-selling SUVs on the market can be seen on television. …

June 21, 2019 by Carlos Mantecas Alonso, Director of Marine & Cargo, Sedgwick Iberia
June 14, 2019
Chris Mandel, SVP and Director, Sedgwick Institute
Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act update - Key considerations for businesses

One of the biggest challenges in risk management is the concept of things “probable” versus things “possible.” Traditional risk management has focused more on the probable, using historical losses and other data to actuarially forecast future losses …

June 14, 2019 by Chris Mandel, SVP and Director, Sedgwick Institute
June 07, 2019
Ian V. Muress
Chief Executive Officer, International
The robo-adjuster is coming – how technology, from satellites to apps, is making the ‘average’ adjuster average no more

Few people understand what a career as a loss adjuster involves – until they meet one. Usually they meet a loss adjuster in the worst of circumstances, which doesn’t help. But the first thing that will strike many about those in the adjusting profess…

June 07, 2019 by Ian V. Muress, Chief Executive Officer, International