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September 15, 2015
Max Koonce, SVP Client Services
4 key risk management strategies to help improve results for employers

During my career, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend several years with Walmart. They allowed me to grow, learn and develop. Working as senior director of risk management for the largest private-sector employer in the U.S. presen…

September 15, 2015 by Max Koonce, SVP Client Services
September 10, 2015
Ann D. Gaffey, SVP Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety
5 basic principles of risk management

The core principles that drive decision-making for prioritizing and mitigating risk are likely embedded deep in most risk managers’ brains, but as with many other bits of knowledge a review of the basics can be both reinforcing and refreshing. Our …

September 10, 2015 by Ann D. Gaffey, SVP Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety
June 26, 2015
Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
Same-sex marriage: Action steps for employers

The United States Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States. This decision just made life easier for employers and TPAs who are responsible for administering leaves. We can…

June 26, 2015 by Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
June 12, 2015
Blunt talk on federal marijuana action

Over the last several years, I’ve been talking about how medical marijuana will ultimately become an issue in workers’ compensation and, with several cases we’ve seen across the country, this has become a reality. In each of my pieces, there is alway…

June 12, 2015
May 28, 2015
Michael Hoffman, District Manager, Unified Investigations & Sciences
Hidden danger: Preventing commercial truck fires

Although fires only represent a small fraction of trucking accidents, they can be deadly and costly. In the fire investigation industry, the cause of a truck fire often relates to preventative maintenance or lack thereof. In fact, the most common ca…

May 28, 2015 by Michael Hoffman, District Manager, Unified Investigations & Sciences
April 29, 2015
Jim Ryan
President, Casualty
You can’t manage what you don’t understand

We are in a time unlike any other in our industry. The pace and the reach of emerging risks make our heads spin. Each day the news brings new reports on topics that we know will impact the businesses we are all looking to protect. This year at RIMS…

April 29, 2015 by Jim Ryan, President, Casualty
April 28, 2015
Scott Rogers
President, Client Services
Social media and risk managers?

Social media and risk managers are still not words often heard together. As I prepared for my Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) 2015 session entitled, “Watch this: Social media's impact on claims strategies,” I became increasingly a…

April 28, 2015 by Scott Rogers, President, Client Services
April 27, 2015
Kathy Tazic
Managing Director Client Services
Changing needs of the workforce

We've been actively preparing for a great RIMS 2015! I’m excited to be speaking to the conference with one of our client partners on the changing needs of the workforce. We have had a great time preparing for our session, Faces in the crowd: Meeting …

April 27, 2015 by Kathy Tazic, Managing Director Client Services
April 07, 2015
Tim Over
SVP Specialty Operations
Healthcare consolidation and its impact on liability claims outcomes

Not that long ago, the insurance industry, if not the business world, was rocked when Connecticut General and INA merged to form CIGNA. Today, mergers and acquisitions are a common everyday occurrence. Once an M&A announcement has been made publ…

April 07, 2015 by Tim Over, SVP Specialty Operations
March 26, 2015
Edward Canavan
VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
Pennsylvania considers employer medical control bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would allow employers to direct treatment of their injured workers to coordinated care organizations (CCOs). Employers’ ability to direct injured workers to certified netw…

March 26, 2015 by Edward Canavan, VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
March 24, 2015
Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
U.S. Department of Labor updates definition of spouse

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new rules revising the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), which entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpa…

March 24, 2015 by Sharon Andrus, Director National Technical Compliance, Disability Administration
March 16, 2015
David North
President and CEO
American Bar Association Midwinter Conference keynote preview

I spoke with Robert Wilson at WorkersCompensation.com last month about the upcoming ABA Midwinter Conference where I will deliver the keynote address. Bob asked me what I thought would be important future trends for the workers' compensation industry…

March 16, 2015 by David North, President and CEO
March 12, 2015
Kathleen Shostek
VP Healthcare Risk Management
Successful healthcare consolidation requires consolidating culture

Consolidation of hospitals and health systems may have hit an all-time high as health reform and market forces continue to drive mergers and acquisitions. It is important for healthcare organizations to address the cultures that exist in different …

March 12, 2015 by Kathleen Shostek, VP Healthcare Risk Management
March 05, 2015
Mario Rodriquez, Director National Technical Compliance
Protecting yourself in the event of a product recall

You have done all that you can. You have been diligent in your R&D, engineering, testing, manufacturing and quality control. Sales and Marketing are excited and ready. You have vetted instruction manuals and labels. You have even involved Legal. Yo…

March 05, 2015 by Mario Rodriquez, Director National Technical Compliance
February 18, 2015
Chris Mandel, RF
SVP Strategic Solutions
ARAWC: Options in WC making rapid progress

Last year I highlighted the mission and objectives of the newly minted Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (ARAWC) organization that was established by a collaborative group of employers and their provider partners. With…

February 18, 2015 by Chris Mandel, RF, SVP Strategic Solutions
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