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May 22, 2018
Quinn Guist
President, CompManagement Health Systems
MCO season: Monetizing workers’ compensation managed care services in Ohio

With open enrollment coming to a close this Friday, May 25, Ohio employers are nearing the end of their opportunity to select a managed care organization (MCO) to coordinate the medical aspects of workers’ compensation claims for the coming two years…

May 22, 2018 by Quinn Guist, President, CompManagement Health Systems
May 02, 2018
Mark Debus
clinical behavioral health specialist
The value of work: A case study

In a recent case, I helped an injured employee overcome anxiety and return to work.  It turned out that going back to work was its own kind of cure.  Ryan was off work due to a lower back injury.  His claims examiner contacted me becau…

May 02, 2018 by Mark Debus, clinical behavioral health specialist
March 28, 2018
Kimberly Webb
national technical compliance director
To grant or not to grant? That is the question Intermittent leave as an ADA accommodation

It’s no secret that intermittent leave, whether under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is difficult for employers to track and manage, but it is also an area that can spark lawsuits. What are the i…

March 28, 2018 by Kimberly Webb, national technical compliance director
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
July 18, 2017
Mary Beth Sanford, Managing Director
Dismantling the beast

The art of rooting out complicated cost-building tactics and re-pricing complex bills The healthcare industry has an uneven compensation system. Healthcare providers, by necessity, utilize complex pricing systems and strategies that inflate costs …

July 18, 2017 by Mary Beth Sanford, Managing Director
April 17, 2017
Terri Brown, chief people officer for Sedgwick
Insight for Bridging the Talent Gap

Many industries today share a dilemma: how to bridge the talent gap. As seasoned professionals retire, they take with them institutional knowledge, industry experience, subject matter expertise, and technical and leadership competencies. Recru…

April 17, 2017 by Terri Brown, chief people officer for Sedgwick
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
February 02, 2017
In the weeds on marijuana and workers’ compensation

It’s a topic that gets much buzz – how will the cloud of legislation surrounding recreational and medical marijuana use impact businesses, specifically when it comes to compensability for workers’ compensation? I am sure you have all caught up on n…

February 02, 2017
January 27, 2017
Todd J. Squiers, Director, Client Development
Now trending: Paid parental leave

Brian Gifford, PhD, Director of Research for IBI, discusses paid parental leave trends. On January 18, I attended the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) Paid Parental Leave and LOA Regional Event in San Jose, California. The topic of the day was th…

January 27, 2017 by Todd J. Squiers, Director, Client Development
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
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
October 05, 2015
Marwan Shiblaq, managing director, disability operations
Colleague engagement is essential for a smooth acquisition

It’s no secret that acquisitions have been part of Sedgwick’s growth strategy in recent years. I joined Sedgwick through the acquisition of my previous employer in 2011 and was on the task force dedicated to integrating the two companies. When one…

October 05, 2015 by Marwan Shiblaq, managing director, disability operations
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
August 16, 2015
Kimberly George
SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
Telehealth: A new era has arrived

I am very excited about our Center for Excellence session, “Evolving Healthcare Models and Workers’ Compensation Opportunities" on August 26th at the Workers’ Compensation and Education Conference. We have a great panel that will share how digital …

August 16, 2015 by Kimberly George, SVP Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare
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
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