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April 27, 2019
David North
President and CEO
RIMS 2019: 50 Forward

I always say that RIMS is like a big family reunion and I look forward to it every year. The days are long, but rewarding, filled with meeting our clients, stakeholders, colleagues and new friends. This year we will hit a special milestone as Sedgwic…

April 27, 2019 by David North, President and CEO
November 07, 2018
Bill Zachry
Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute
Peer Dialogues: Developing an organizational settlement philosophy

When I started my career as a young claims adjuster at an insurance company, my managers showed me the secret handshake and explained the position’s responsibilities. They then told me that to settle claims, we would negotiate to an agreed level of i…

November 07, 2018 by Bill Zachry, Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute
June 23, 2018
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
One millionth morphine equivalent dosage MED

In late 2011, a team of claims management and managed care leaders at Sedgwick met to identify how they could address the troubling rise in opioid prescriptions and morphine equivalent dosage (MED).  What followed was the development of a team…

June 23, 2018 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
June 14, 2018
Tracey Davanport
Vice President Clinical Operations
Early nurse engagement

Early nurse engagement makes a valuable impact in 3 key areas Recent analysis of Sedgwick’s claims data shows that employers using 24/7 clinical consultation for workplace injuries saw 34% lower incurred costs than those using an intake process with…

June 14, 2018 by Tracey Davanport, Vice President Clinical Operations
June 07, 2018
Mike Merlino
SVP Medicare Compliance
Generic vs. brand name prescription drug costs – how much could you save?

About three years ago, we posted the article, “Could you cut $185,000 from your MSA?” The crux of this article was that by simply changing one drug from brand name to generic, you could save $185,000 from the cost of a Medicare Set-aside (MSA). …

June 07, 2018 by Mike Merlino, SVP Medicare Compliance
April 23, 2018
Jonathan Mast
Director, Social Media
Therapy animals produce smiles

If you attended RIMS 2018 last week, chances are you were smiling in the conference hall. The Therapy Animals of San Antonio were our guests in the RIMS WellnessZENter as our designated charity this year. Their mission of bringing people and animals …

April 23, 2018 by Jonathan Mast, Director, Social Media
January 09, 2018
Kathy Tazic
Managing Director Client Services
Charting industry trends for 2018

At Sedgwick, our colleagues are dedicated to taking care of our clients and helping them stay informed on key changes and emerging trends in our industry. We recognize that 2018 will be a year of change in a variety of critical business areas. Sed…

January 09, 2018 by Kathy Tazic, Managing Director Client Services
November 09, 2017
Dr. Paul Peak
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Pharmacist interns: Tomorrow’s occupational injury asset

Claims administrators have an invaluable opportunity to help future pharmacists understand the challenges regarding prescription drug use for occupational injuries. A pharmacist intern program, like the one we offer at Sedgwick, can provide ex…

November 09, 2017 by Dr. Paul Peak, Director Clinical Pharmacy
October 12, 2017
Kathleen Shostek
VP Healthcare Risk Management
Communication and Resolution Programs: Where are we now?

In recent years, some innovative healthcare leaders and organizations have developed and implemented formal communication and resolution programs (CRPs) that, when combined with advances in patient safety, exemplify fairness and build trust. The inte…

October 12, 2017 by Kathleen Shostek, VP Healthcare Risk Management
September 29, 2017
Dr. Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
The alarming facts about methadone

Methadone is an opioid medication most commonly used for detoxification, maintenance treatment of opioid addiction, and limited use for chronic pain. The drawbacks to its use stem from the risk of addiction and abuse with the medication, even at reco…

September 29, 2017 by Dr. Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
August 31, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Rachel’s story: A portrait of opioid use disorder

Rachel enjoyed gardening and canning vegetables. She enjoyed cooking, taking walks and spending time with her grandchildren. After she was injured at work, she was optimistic about making a speedy recovery. She was 53 years old and had always stayed …

August 31, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
June 22, 2017
Robin Maley, SVP Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety
Embracing change: From volume-based to value-based healthcare

Sedgwick supports Healthcare Risk Management Week June 19-23 Sedgwick’s healthcare risk management team works alongside healthcare risk managers to reduce risks and improve safety by delivering cost-effective claims, productivity, managed care…

June 22, 2017 by Robin Maley, SVP Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety
April 28, 2017
Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The 2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The day was established in 2010 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help reduce prescription drug risks and promote safety. Accord…

April 28, 2017 by Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
April 26, 2017
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Wellness ZENter recap, April 25

The first topic in the spotlight on Tuesday in the Wellness ZENter at RIMS was employee resilience. Kimberly George, SVP, Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare at Sedgwick, talked with Molly Doyle, Chief Product Officer at meQuilibrium, ab…

April 26, 2017 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
April 25, 2017
David North
President and CEO
Wellness ZENter recap, April 24

Employee health took center stage during Monday’s Wellness ZENter presentations at RIMS. Dave North, President and CEO at Sedgwick, kicked off the day with a corporate wellness discussion with Shawn Leavitt, Senior Vice President of Global Benefits a…

April 25, 2017 by David North, President and CEO
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