Jane Ish, national networks director for Liberty
Mutual Insurance, will present a conference session
on outcomes-based networks.
“We believe if you start right with the right
physician and his entire medical ecosystem — in
terms of who he counts on for referring — then you
are more likely to have injured workers go back to
work quicker and reduced medical costs,” she said.
Randy L. Triplett, workers’ compensation and
integrated disability manager for The Goodyear Tire
& Rubber Co., will join Ish in the presentation.
Other current challenges and the tools being
applied to mitigate them will also receive prominent
attention at the conference.
Jim Andrews, executive VP of pharmacy
services at Healthcare Solutions Inc., and David
Smith, divisional VP of risk management at Family
Dollar Stores Inc., for example, will talk about how
analytics and predictive modeling help identify and
prevent drug abuse.
The nation’s growing diversity and that
dynamic’s impact on workers’ comp and disability
management will be examined by Jennifer De La
Torre, executive director of workforce diversity at
AT&T and formerly the company’s director of risk
Elizabeth Demaret, executive VP, chief customer
relationship officer at Sedgwick Claims Management
Services Inc., will join De La Torre.
De La Torre said considerations of racial and
ethnic diversity, treatment of veterans in the
workforce and age differences are all impacting
workers’ comp management strategies.
Expect to hear session topics not commonly
offered at workers’ comp conferences, but that
nonetheless have significant impact on the industry
and employer programs.
Three private equity executives, whose firms
owned well-known workers’ comp companies, will
discuss the growing influence of private equity in
this business. It is unusual for private equity leaders
to address a workers’ comp crowd, said Joe Paduda,
principal at Health Strategy Associates LLC.
“Private equity people speak at investor conferences
and at some other conferences, but never to my
knowledge in a workers’ comp-related conference,”
said Paduda, who will moderate the session.
“Especially folks like these who actually assess the
business, follow the workers’ comp industry and really
understand it at both a granular and strategic level.”
Paduda promised to allow plenty of time for
“We are going to have an extended question and
answer [time] just because there is so much interest
in the role of private equity in the workers’ comp
business,” he said.
Legal and regulatory issues are also on tap.
The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration’s 2013 temporary worker initiative
directed its field inspectors to place greater
emphasis on assessing whether employers using
temp workers comply with their responsibilities.
Corey Berghoefer, senior VP, risk management
and insurance for Ranstad, a global employment
services provider, will join two workers’ comp
attorneys to discuss OSHA’s initiative and other
Those employers that care enough to produce
great results for their injured workers don’t tend to
beat their own drums, though.
But they will get an unprecedented chance to
share their strategies and practices on a wide range
of workers’ compensation topics at the National
Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference®
& Expo at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas, Nov. 19-21.
Two speakers from Harley-Davidson, for example,
will discuss claims-mitigation practices that saved their
company millions of dollars. Those practices include
integrating a variety of company resources including
health services, safety and ergonomics expertise.
They will also tell how Harley-Davidson
integrated the services of vendor partners, such
as BTE Technologies, which helps return injured
employees to the job and keeps others working
with a post-offer employment testing program that
assesses functional ability to safely perform work,
said Beth Mrozinsky, the motorcycle manufacturer’s
director of safety and health.
Their work has helped address challenges
common in many U.S. workplaces, such as those
driven by an aging workforce.
Harley-Davidson’s successes also come from
integrating vendor partners to help explore loss-reduction processes. The company is increasingly
applying those processes to non-occupational
injuries after proving them successful in mitigating
occupational issues, Mrozinksi said.
“We work really hard with our vendor partners to
really pull this together,” Mrozinsky said. “We are almost
like one unit that thinks through these processes.”
In another session, speakers Darin Hampton,
workers’ compensation regional coordinator at
International Paper, and Jodie L. Massingill, senior
manager, casualty claims at Sysco Corp., will share
their strategies for successfully overseeing a range of
services and how they get the best possible support
from vendor partners.
In addition to employers, presenters will include
representatives from some of the nation’s largest
workers’ comp insurers, third-party administrators,
brokers, managed care companies and attorneys
specializing in workers’ compensation.
FOCUS ON MEDICAL
A growing trend to improve the quality of
medical care delivered to injured workers relies on
measuring doctor performance to build networks
limited to providers capable of producing the best
This year’s workers’ compensation show in Las Vegas will feature an
unprecedented amount of input on the employer’s risk perspective.
BY ROBERTO CENICEROS
RISK & INSURANCE®
• Integrating vendor partners in workers’ comp
processes helps reduce losses.
• Improving quality of medical care is being refined.
• The ACA’s impact on workers’ compensation is an
unknown and a point of focus.
THE NATIONAL Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo in Las Vegas on Nov. 19-21 will feature networking opportunities as
well as more in-depth presentations from employers.
OCTOBER 15, 2014