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August 10, 2022
Shane O'Dea
head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
Paving the way for improved recovery and return to work outcomes

When an employee is unable to work due to an illness or injury, early communication is key to improving recovery and return to work outcomes. In fact, research in Australia suggests that when contact is made with an injured worker within the first th…

August 10, 2022 by Shane O'Dea, head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
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August 04, 2022
Adam Morell, JD
assistant vice president, product compliance
The 4 building blocks of a strong return to work program

When an employee is unable to work due to an illness or injury, employers are responsible for creating a safe, supportive environment for them to return to. But it doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” approach. There are several ways to take care o…

August 04, 2022 by Adam Morell, JD, assistant vice president, product compliance
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July 14, 2022
Shane O'Dea
head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
Embracing new dimensions of return to work

Grabbing breakfast on-the-go, rushing to catch public transportation, or getting stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in order to work the traditional 9-to-5 is no longer the standard for many in the workforce in Australia and around the world. Remote, …

July 14, 2022 by Shane O'Dea, head of strategic partnerships and programs, workers compensation
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June 27, 2022
Beth Burry-Jackson
SVP, managed care operations
Improving outcomes: PTSD in the workplace

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) claims can be particularly tricky due to the shifting nature of the diagnosis. Greater awareness around mental health is helpful, but there are several factors that greatly impact a patient’s outcome. The challen…

June 27, 2022 by Beth Burry-Jackson, SVP, managed care operations
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May 17, 2022
Dr. Teresa Bartlett managing director, senior medical officer and Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW manager, behavioral health services
Addressing mental health concerns

Many of those who became accustomed to remote arrangements during the pandemic fear they will lose their work-life balance upon returning to the office. Meanwhile, others feel they will gain social engagement and a sense of connectedness. For employe…

May 17, 2022 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett managing director, senior medical officer and Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW manager, behavioral health services
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April 19, 2022
Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW
manager, behavioral health services
Handling employees’ emotional fallout when returning to the office

Over the past two years, workers’ resilience has been repeatedly tested and challenged. As a result, many are stronger, more agile, and more adaptive than ever before. At the same time, many workers are drained and reeling from the toll of grief, los…

April 19, 2022 by Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW, manager, behavioral health services
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October 31, 2021
Diego Ascani
Chief executive officer, Australia
Evolving workforce challenges in Australia: Local needs and global solutions

With its wide array of mountains, rain forests, beaches and deserts, Australia offers wide interest and appeal to those from around the world. The impact of the pandemic has changed our lives, work and the vacation destination on a scale never seen b…

October 31, 2021 by Diego Ascani, Chief executive officer, Australia
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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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December 17, 2020
John Brockschmidt, SVP, Pooling; Russ Hocutt, SVP, Ohio TPA Operations; Jody Moses, Managing Director, Public Entities; Frank Pagnatta, SVP, CareWorks Comp
4 ways Ohio employers can make the most of recent BWC dividends

In November, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) agreed to issue $5 billion in dividends to qualifying Ohio employers to ease the financial pressures created by COVID-19. This is the third dividend declared and paid in 2020, bringing the t…

December 17, 2020 by John Brockschmidt, SVP, Pooling; Russ Hocutt, SVP, Ohio TPA Operations; Jody Moses, Managing Director, Public Entities; Frank Pagnatta, SVP, CareWorks Comp
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June 24, 2020
Andrea J. Buhl, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Managing Director, Clinical Operations, Sedgwick and Will Kimbrough, MD, MSPH, Senior Medical Director of Clinical Services, One Medical
Testing, tracking, talking: Additional strategies in the back to business toolkit

In Sedgwick’s recent blog, we discussed return to work strategies during the pandemic. Let’s keep the momentum going.  Business owners are asking many questions about how to bring employees back to the workplace in a way that is safe and p…

June 24, 2020 by Andrea J. Buhl, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Managing Director, Clinical Operations, Sedgwick and Will Kimbrough, MD, MSPH, Senior Medical Director of Clinical Services, One Medical
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June 12, 2020
Andrea Buhl, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Managing Director, Clinical Operations; Beth Burry-Jackson, Vice President, Clinical Operations Vocational/Return to Work & Behavioral Health; Kimberly Wickert, Director, Vocational & Return to Work Services
Return to work strategies during the pandemic

Return to work is important at any time, but during the COVID-19 pandemic it is taking on a new dimension – what should be included in a return to work plan as we return to work? These unique circumstances have taught us all to rethink how we care fo…

June 12, 2020 by Andrea Buhl, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Managing Director, Clinical Operations; Beth Burry-Jackson, Vice President, Clinical Operations Vocational/Return to Work & Behavioral Health; Kimberly Wickert, Director, Vocational & Return to Work Services
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March 31, 2020
Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Team Lead and Rebecca Sherman, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, Behavioral Health Specialist
How can we address unique challenges of injured and ill workers staying at home?

We are living in very challenging and surreal times. In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, countries, cities and states have instituted mandatory restrictions on public gatherings, closed non-essential businesses and given “stay-at-home” ord…

March 31, 2020 by Mark Debus, MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Team Lead and Rebecca Sherman, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, Behavioral Health Specialist
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November 01, 2019
Kimberly George
global head, innovation and product development
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, global head, innovation and product development
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July 11, 2019
Beth Burry-Jackson
SVP, managed care operations
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-Jackson, SVP, managed care operations
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May 30, 2019
Andrea Buhl
President, managed care operations
Comorbidities and workplace injuries: Three ways to improve outcomes

The path to recovery after a workplace injury is not always a straight line. A workers’ compensation claim can become increasingly complex due to common health conditions and comorbidities. While comorbidities are often pre-existing and not directly …

May 30, 2019 by Andrea Buhl, President, managed care operations
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