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February 14, 2020
Kevin Burgher, B.Sc., CIP, C.Tech., EP, Vice President, EFI Global Canada and Ian Mendes, P.Eng., QPESA, Environmental Team Leader/Senior Project Engineer, EFI Global
Environmental Team Leader/Senior Project Engineer, EFI Global
Be careful what you do: Potential risks from illicit drug residue

As we continue to face an opioid crisis, insurance adjusters need to make health and safety a focus during the inspection of a claim. It is essential to be aware of the potential health risks you could be facing, as today there is a real possibility …

February 14, 2020 by Kevin Burgher, B.Sc., CIP, C.Tech., EP, Vice President, EFI Global Canada and Ian Mendes, P.Eng., QPESA, Environmental Team Leader/Senior Project Engineer, EFI Global, Environmental Team Leader/Senior Project Engineer, EFI Global
February 08, 2020
Joe Rodriguez
Senior Manager Risk Control
Safety in the agricultural industry: How can we change the mindset?

Owners in the agricultural industry are faced with many safety exposures, but there are proactive steps to take in reducing those exposures. Injuries do not have to be the cost of doing business. But how can we change the mindset and make a measurabl…

February 08, 2020 by Joe Rodriguez, Senior Manager Risk Control
January 31, 2020
Doug Dell
Vice President & Director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
ADAS and the future of transportation claims

Technology advancements can present challenges in any industry, but the benefits and opportunities often outweigh them. Recently in the automotive space, we’ve noticed a greater demand for claims adjusting support involving the deployment of advanced…

January 31, 2020 by Doug Dell, Vice President & Director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
January 28, 2020
Damian Glynn, Director, Head of Financial Risks, Sedgwick UK and Leon Briggs, National Chief Adjuster, Major and complex loss, Sedgwick New Zealand
Coronavirus outbreak: What businesses should know regarding coverage

The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, originating in Wuhan in China, has been widely reported in the media and there’s a handy summary of what we know about it so far on the Sedgwick blog. The world has already seen more than 2,000 reported cases…

January 28, 2020 by Damian Glynn, Director, Head of Financial Risks, Sedgwick UK and Leon Briggs, National Chief Adjuster, Major and complex loss, Sedgwick New Zealand
January 23, 2020
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
Coronavirus outbreak: What we know so far

Last month’s mystery virus in Wuhan, China has officially made its way to the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first case of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S. was announced on January 21,…

January 23, 2020 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
January 16, 2020
Kathy Tazic
Managing Director Client Services
Conversation threads for 2020

Sedgwick’s industry experts and thought leaders are committed to keeping our clients informed on emerging trends and industry news. We’re excited to introduce our list of “Conversation threads for 2020,” which highlights the topics and trends that em…

January 16, 2020 by Kathy Tazic, Managing Director Client Services
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