Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Center for Excellence

 

Program Moderators:
Kimberly George
Senior Vice President
Corporate Development, M&A and Healthcare
Sedgwick Claims Management
Chicago, IL

Mark Walls
Vice President, Communications & Strategic Analysis
Safety National
Chicago, IL

THIS YEAR THE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE HAS PARTNERED WITH WCI AND SEVERAL INDIVIDUAL BREAKOUT SESSIONS TO PROVIDE ENHANCED SUBSTANTIVE SESSIONS. THERE IS NOT A FREESTANDING CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE TRACK.
    
10:00 – 11:00 am    
Investing in Workers’ Compensation

    
This Center for Excellence session is a joint undertaking with the Risk Management Breakout.

Grand Ballroom 7A    
Convention Level
    
Panel:
David North
President and CEO
Sedgwick Claims Management Services
Memphis, TN
    
Shelley Boyce
CEO
MedRisk
Philadelphia, PA
    
Jeff Livingston
Principal, Private Equity
KKR & Co.
New York, NY    
    
Jeffrey McKibben
Managing Principal
Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC
New York, NY

In recent years, we have seen significant private equity investment in workers’ compensation vendors. Why are they interested in workers’ compensation? What are they looking for when they make investments? Where do they see workers’ compensation heading in the future? This session features two companies owned by private equity and two private equity companies.
    
11:00 – 12:00 pm    
Return-to-Work Best Practices

    
As part of partnership with The Center for Excellence, Kimberly George and Mark Walls bring us a live version of their popular “Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark” educational series, leading a panel of experts who will discuss return-to-work best practices including some of the trends and challenges associated with leave of absence and accommodation laws and how they apply to workers’ compensation. This Breakout is held in conjunction with the Return to Work Breakout.

Crystal Ballroom H    
Convention Level
    
Moderators:
Kimberly George
SVP of Corporate Development, M&A and Healthcare
Sedgwick CMS
Chicago, IL
    
Mark Walls
Vice President, Communications & Strategic Analysis
Safety National
Chicago, IL
    
Panel:
Adrienne Paler
Director, Integrated Disability and Absence Management
Sutter Health (formerly with Amazon)
Sacramento, CA

Patti Colwell
Workers’ Compensation Program Manager
Southwest Airlines
Dallas, TX
    
Bryon Bass
SVP, Disability and Absence Practice and Compliance 
Sedgwick CMS
Albuquerque, NM

Employment laws related to leave of absence and accommodation also apply to workers’ compensation claims, adding another layer of complexity to an already challenging situation. It is critical for workers’ compensation payers to understand the nuances of federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in addition to developing a plan to work closely with employers to protect them from compliance fines, penalties, and lawsuits.

2:15 – 3:15 pm    

The Rising Costs of Workers’ Compensation Tail Claims

This Center for Excellence Breakout is a joint undertaking with the National Workers’ Compensation Review Breakout.

Grand Ballroom 8A    
Convention Level

Panel:
Matthew Cohen
VP Client Services
Sedgwick CMS
Waxhaw, NC

Stephen Peacock
Vice President Claims
Safety National
St. Louis, MO

Dave Colon
Associate Actuary
NCCI
Boca Raton, FL

One of the things that make workers’ compensation such a challenge for employers and carriers is the long-tail nature of the claims. This long tail means that premiums collected today must cover losses for years to come. The rising costs of these tail claims has a significant impact on both carriers and employers in terms of cost of insurance today and future reserves. This session discusses the financial impact of these growing liabilities on industry and provides strategies for reducing them.