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May 16, 2019
Bryon Bass, SVP, Workforce Absence; Kimberly Webb, Director, National Technical Compliance – ADA Accommodation
Bazinga! Theoretical Big Bang scenarios put the spotlight on intermittent ADA

Determining a reasonable accommodation for an employee with medical needs while adhering to the laws under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be a complicated process for even the most intellectual among us. ADA rules include far more face…

May 16, 2019 by Bryon Bass, SVP, Workforce Absence; Kimberly Webb, Director, National Technical Compliance – ADA Accommodation
September 14, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
A portrait of opioid use disorder

A portrait of opioid use disorder Read part one of Rachel's story here. Rachel was once a vibrant gardener, grandmother and worker. Regrettably, following an injury, she became one of a growing number of those suffering from opioid use disorder (…

September 14, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
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
May 17, 2017
Edward Canavan
VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
The basics of complex claims

Most workers’ compensation claims do not start out as complex. They become complex over time due to specific drivers that increase costs and duration. Being able to recognize and resolve these drivers at the right time will help reduce a claim’s like…

May 17, 2017 by Edward Canavan, VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
February 17, 2017
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Health Affairs, The Work/Health Relationship Recap

Health Affairs is the leading peer-reviewed journal addressing health, health policy and health care - including cost, quality and access. Since the early 1980s, health research published in the journal has been used to shape policy nationally. To my…

February 17, 2017 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
January 19, 2017
Bryon Bass
SVP Disability and Absence Practice and Compliance
Think about it: Addressing mental health in the workplace

On December 8, I hosted a webinar along with Donna Hardaker, former Director, Wellness Works Mental Health America of California and Heather Holladay, Integrated Health Manager Pacific Gas and Electric Company. It was a fantastic discussion on a topi…

January 19, 2017 by Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Practice and Compliance
January 10, 2017
Jim Ryan
President, Casualty
Insights for 2017

2017 is here and poised to challenge and change our industry in many areas. I think we can all agree the technological advances are moving at an unprecedented pace. The terms artificial intelligence, drones and wearables are changing our lives. Sti…

January 10, 2017 by Jim Ryan, President, Casualty
May 06, 2016
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
Suicide rates rise - What can you do?

Life is precious!  The disturbing news hit the press late last month about the alarming escalating rates of suicide in this country.  The overall suicide rate rose by 24% from 1999 to 2014 according to the National Center for Health Stati…

May 06, 2016 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
April 13, 2016
Jonathan Mast, Director Social Media
Caring counts at the Alpha Project

Time spent at RIMS is always worthwhile. We are fortunate to enjoy many opportunities to connect with friends, clients, colleagues and other industry partners, and it has been a pleasure spending time in San Diego this year. However, in the midst o…

April 13, 2016 by Jonathan Mast, Director Social Media
April 11, 2016
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Why mental health, why RIMS 2016?

Today I have the fortunate opportunity to present at RIMS 2016 with Scott Daniels, Director of Disability, Comcast on the topic of Achieving balance: Managing mental health and stress-related issues in the workplace. Mental illness is a leading cause…

April 11, 2016 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
November 23, 2015
Mark Debus, Clinical Behavioral Health Specialist
Behavioral health prevention vs. intervention in dealing with addiction

The idea of identifying and addressing risk factors for addiction as a means of prevention is not groundbreaking; this concept has existed since at least the 1970s. Unfortunately, there has not been much application of this concept to workers’ comp…

November 23, 2015 by Mark Debus, Clinical Behavioral Health Specialist
April 10, 2015
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
A wake-up call for mental health

The startling news headlines have somewhat slowed since last month’s tragic Germanwings airliner crash which resulted in the deaths of all aboard. By now you are familiar with the story which repeatedly focused on the pilot’s mental state and diagnos…

April 10, 2015 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
December 11, 2014
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Carter Symposium: Opportunities for transforming mental health care

Recently I was honored with an invitation from Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to attend her 30th Annual Symposium on Mental Health Policy at the Carter Center. The two-day event was a celebration of past accomplishments and brought together health…

December 11, 2014 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
July 23, 2014
Desiree Tolbert
AVP National Technical Compliance
Employee stress and mental health issues – what are employers’ obligations?

Stress in the workplace is a public health issue that the World Health Organization called the “health epidemic of the 21st century.” According to the 2013 Stress in the Workplace national survey by the American Psychological Association, 65% of U.S…

July 23, 2014 by Desiree Tolbert, AVP National Technical Compliance
July 16, 2014
Jamie Harer
Managed Care, Specialty Products Manager
10 ways to prevent prescription painkiller abuse

I think everyone reading this blog has been touched by alcohol or substance abuse in their lifetime, whether personally or through the experience of an acquaintance, a family member, a close friend, a classmate or a colleague. We know the dangers of …

July 16, 2014 by Jamie Harer, Managed Care, Specialty Products Manager
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