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June 21, 2021
Douglas Dell
vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
Virtual adjustments to claims training: Here to stay

Like many organizations amid the pandemic, Vale Training paused its in-person operations. Virtual learning — initially thought to be temporary — soon transitioned to a thriving delivery model. To meet the needs of students and providers, …

June 21, 2021 by Douglas Dell, vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
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June 03, 2021
Dave North
executive chairman
Let the WCI countdown begin: Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

The collective dedication of individuals working to enhance the workers’ compensation system and the experience for injured workers never ceases to amaze me. It takes a collaborative effort and exchange of ideas to uncover what works, what needs to b…

June 03, 2021 by Dave North, executive chairman
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May 24, 2021
Lance Watkins
VP, client services, Sedgwick MCO
5 reasons Ohio employers choose Sedgwick MCO

Managed care organizations play a valuable role in the workers’ compensation system, providing key claims resources to help employers. At Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio (MCO), we focus on getting injured employees back to work, lowering medical bills and…

May 24, 2021 by Lance Watkins, VP, client services, Sedgwick MCO
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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 04, 2021
Douglas Dell
vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
One year into virtual training: Here’s what we’ve learned

A little over a year ago, Vale Training closed its doors to comply with public health guidelines amid the pandemic. As a result, we were tasked with quickly reinventing the business as a virtual learning provider. Initially, many people were concerne…

May 04, 2021 by Douglas Dell, vice president & director Vale National Training Center, Inc.
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April 28, 2021
Robin Roeder
SVP risk management
Celebrating the next generation of leaders

For any organization, supporting the next generation of workers will undoubtedly help build future leaders. That’s why Sedgwick invests in supporting students entering our industry to pursue careers. The Sedgwick / Steven E. Penman Memorial Scholarsh…

April 28, 2021 by Robin Roeder, SVP risk management
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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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February 19, 2021
Max Koonce
Chief Claims Officer
COVID-19 vaccinations and workers’ compensation

Today’s COVID-19 environment continues to present unique questions within the workers’ compensation industry. Initially, questions focused on compensability of what some qualify as an “ordinary disease of life.” Many states enacted presumption laws o…

February 19, 2021 by Max Koonce, Chief Claims Officer
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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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September 18, 2020
Dr. Paul Peak
Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
Clinical studies: Finding the value and ignoring the noise

Just over 40 years ago, the New England Journal of Medicine published a five-sentence letter to the editor [1] that would be used to ignite one of the worst public health tragedies of our time. Written by a Massachusetts physician and graduate studen…

September 18, 2020 by Dr. Paul Peak, Assistant Vice President Clinical Pharmacy
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August 28, 2020
Don Lipsy
AVP, National Technical Compliance, Managed Care Practice
Workers’ compensation health disparities in a post-COVID-19 environment

The inarguable fact of COVID-19 is that the coronavirus itself has been an indiscriminate and equal-opportunity tragedy on a global scale. Women and men, young and old, across the world and right next door, COVID-19 has impacted the way in which we l…

August 28, 2020 by Don Lipsy, AVP, National Technical Compliance, Managed Care Practice
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August 21, 2020
Dan Ogale
Assistant Vice President Workers’ Compensation
Resilience and change management during changing times

Today, keeping up with the pace of change in business seems nearly impossible. The COVID-19 pandemic is continually testing each organization’s resilience skills and change management processes. Leaders are challenged with balancing business, client …

August 21, 2020 by Dan Ogale, Assistant Vice President Workers’ Compensation
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July 10, 2020
Marcia Giesler, Affinity Business Development Director and Tom Hebson, Managing Director, Captive and Program Affinity
How can captives play a role in getting back to business during COVID-19?

With the recent spike in numbers, the coronavirus doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. And with a second wave of COVID-19 likely on its way later this year, many employers are recommitting to the planning and coverage of their businesses durin…

July 10, 2020 by Marcia Giesler, Affinity Business Development Director and Tom Hebson, Managing Director, Captive and Program Affinity
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