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September 09, 2021
Max Koonce
Chief claims officer
Vaccine implications in workers’ compensation

As the battle against COVID-19 rages on, vaccinations have become a front-line conversation. The workers’ compensation implications must be addressed, as there aren’t yet any specific laws or court decisions that can guide COVID-19 vaccine-related si…

September 09, 2021 by Max Koonce, Chief claims officer
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September 02, 2021
Rich Wirth
Senior vice president specialty operations
Returning to on-site loss control at the workplace

Prior to COVID-19, risk and underwriting assessments, consultative and specialty services, and safety trainings were primarily completed on-site. But when many businesses shut down in April and May of 2020, physical loss control services saw a dramat…

September 02, 2021 by Rich Wirth, Senior vice president specialty operations
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August 23, 2021
Dr. Reema Hammoud
AVP, clinical pharmacy
Clinicians: Look carefully at opioid tapering data and guidelines

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced its way into every aspect of our lives for the past 18 months, it is not the only major ongoing health crisis. The opioid epidemic is still a real threat to our population despite being somewhat overshadowed in the …

August 23, 2021 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, AVP, clinical pharmacy
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July 29, 2021
Beth Burry-Jackson, MA, CRC, ARM, SVP, case management, clinically integrated programs and Kimberly Culver, MSN, RN, RDMS, RT(R), director of clinical pharmacy
Long-haul cases demand attention – and now ADA coverage

The mention of long-haul COVID-19 cases and their impact on the workplace has surged to the top of many discussions — even at the highest levels of government; as of this week, long COVID is now a recognized, protected condition under the Ameri…

July 29, 2021 by Beth Burry-Jackson, MA, CRC, ARM, SVP, case management, clinically integrated programs and Kimberly Culver, MSN, RN, RDMS, RT(R), director of clinical pharmacy
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May 25, 2021
Graham Plaister
principal specialist – agriculture & rural
UK food and farming post-Brexit

The UK farming sector is at a crossroads due to major changes brought by Brexit. Fundamentally, the government plans to phase out any direct payments to farmers by 2022 and the funds from these payments will be redirected to environmental schemes. Th…

May 25, 2021 by Graham Plaister, principal specialist – agriculture & rural
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May 24, 2021
Dr. Reema Hammoud
AVP, clinical pharmacy
COVID-19 long-haul claims and our clinical approach

With the advent of vaccines, we now have more hope in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is still clinical data to digest and trends to keep a close eye on. One of them being long-haul cases. Most people infected by COVID-19 experience little…

May 24, 2021 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, AVP, clinical pharmacy
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May 13, 2021
Beau Bishop
senior vice president, catastrophe operations
Preparing to help those in the path of the storm

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is just around the corner, with most tropical systems forming June 1 through November 30. Starting this year, the National Hurricane Center will begin issuing regular tropical weather outlooks beginning May 15. Curr…

May 13, 2021 by Beau Bishop, senior vice president, catastrophe operations
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May 07, 2021
Donny Phillips, business development manager and Jeffrey Burmeister, client services manager
Unemployment fraud hits home – Be aware of fake claims

Imagine getting a letter in the mail telling you about your unemployment benefits when you still have a job. Not only is it puzzling, it may leave you wondering what to do next. This type of fraudulent activity related to unemployment claims has been…

May 07, 2021 by Donny Phillips, business development manager and Jeffrey Burmeister, client services manager
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April 26, 2021
Bryon Bass, SVP workforce absence and Max Koonce, chief claims officer
Claims and COVID-19: The trends you should know about

As we all reflect on the events that transpired in 2020, now is the time to lean on the lessons learned so we can move forward together. To shed light on the size and scope of claims activity related to the pandemic — from both an occupational …

April 26, 2021 by Bryon Bass, SVP workforce absence and Max Koonce, chief claims officer
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April 21, 2021
Damian Glynn
Director, Head of Financial Lines, UK
Business interruption… Groundhog Day?

COVID-19 has raised some tricky questions about business interruption cover around the world and cyber-related issues continue to present complicated challenges. We can afford to focus on those concerns because we already have the basic BI cover sort…

April 21, 2021 by Damian Glynn, Director, Head of Financial Lines, UK
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April 20, 2021
Michael P. Lorms, Senior Manager Risk Management, Sedgwick and Joseph Whitlock, Ph.D., CSP, CHMM, CRMA, CIH, Certified Industrial Hygienist, EFI Global, Inc.
Staying ahead of safety trends, protocols and preparation

The COVID-19 global pandemic impacted businesses on a wide-scale basis and its effects are still visible today. While some companies were quick to pivot at the onset, others took more time to formulate a response. Essential businesses kept their door…

April 20, 2021 by Michael P. Lorms, Senior Manager Risk Management, Sedgwick and Joseph Whitlock, Ph.D., CSP, CHMM, CRMA, CIH, Certified Industrial Hygienist, EFI Global, Inc.
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April 13, 2021
Mark Buckingham
UK’s medicines regulator resumes onsite inspections

The global pandemic saw the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) suspend its inspection program in January 2021. This decision was taken in line with government restrictions related to social distancing and travel. However,…

April 13, 2021 by Mark Buckingham
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April 09, 2021
Mark Debus
MSW, LCSW, behavioral health team lead
7 simple ways to relieve stress

Feeling stressed? You are not alone. Whether you’re scrambling for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, paying for that unexpected car repair, or assisting your fifth grader with division, life can be stressful. And while it’s a normal part of life, t…

April 09, 2021 by Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW, behavioral health team lead
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April 07, 2021
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
Reflection and celebration on World Health Day

April 7 marks the annual celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and each year since taking effect in 1950, the globally recognized day has aimed to create awareness around a specific health theme and …

April 07, 2021 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
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April 01, 2021
Tracey Davanport, BSN, RN, CCM, CLCP, Vice President, Clinical Operations and Beth Burry, Senior Vice President, Case Management, Clinically Integrated Programs
Behind the scenes with our nurse case managers during the pandemic

Many people are familiar with the role nurse case managers play in the return to work process. They review an injured employee’s medical records, coordinate and expedite medical treatment and procedures, locate the best medical care and physicians to…

April 01, 2021 by Tracey Davanport, BSN, RN, CCM, CLCP, Vice President, Clinical Operations and Beth Burry, Senior Vice President, Case Management, Clinically Integrated Programs
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