2017 Issues to Watch in Workers’ Comp

2017 Issues to Watch in Workers’ Comp


What will be the impact of the election? Of machine learning and artificial intelligence? Of constitutional challenges?

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The first Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark webinar of 2017 provided our thoughts on the 20 Workers’ Compensation Issues to Watch in 2017. What follows is a summary of the issues discussed:

1. Election Impact

The Department of Labor under President Obama had made it clear that they felt state workers’ compensation systems needed reform and they were prepared to recommend minimum benefit standards to the states. Trump’s recommendation for Secretary of Labor has been a vocal opponent of many federal labor regulations. For now, any talk of the Federal Government getting involved in state workers’ compensation issues seems to be on hold.

However, one issue that could involve the federal government is related to potential costs being shifted from workers’ compensation to social security disability. Efforts to preserve the solvency of social security could result in action intended to limit this cost shifting.

2. Healthcare Reform

Regardless of which side of the aisle we find ourselves, surveys have shown that most Americans believe the Affordable Care Act is not working as it was originally intended or as well as they would like.

A few things are clear, access to health insurance does not dictate better health. If care remains unaffordable, people will not access care for themselves or their family. Healthcare is increasingly complex and accessing the right care at the right time remains a struggle for the general public. We are challenged to advance the approach of well care when, in fact, we remain largely a sick-care system.

While we wait to see how the GOP evolves health reform, we are hopeful that efforts underway to shift from fee-for-service to value-based and outcomes-focused care will continue to advance. We hope healthcare suppliers will continue to advance population health wellness as much as they focus on chronic disease. Kimberly George views this as the single most important issue to watch in 2017.


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Out Front Ideas webinar: 20 Workers’ Compensation Issues to Watch in 2017

Out Front Ideas webinar: 20 Workers’ Compensation Issues to Watch in 2017

Happy New Year!
We hope you can join us for the first “Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark” broadcast of the year.
JANUARY 10, 2017 • 11:00 am CST

Join Kimberly George and Mark Walls for their most popular “Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark” broadcast of the year!

In this complimentary webinar, they will be discussing the latest workers’ compensation trends, concerns and emerging issues. Many of the issues they discuss will be developed into individual, more-detailed webinars later in 2017.

Topics for discussion will include:
• The impact that the election might have on the industry.
• How healthcare reform could affect workers’ compensation.
• Obstacles brought forth by OSHA.
• The need to shift to delivery of quality, outcome-focused care.
• Improving workers’ compensation’s reputation.
• The new reality of an increasingly-impaired workforce.
• Cost drivers and the overall bureaucracy impeding progress in workers’ compensation.
• And more!

Click the link below to register:

If you register you can watch the archived content if the timing of the live broadcast does not fit your schedule. We hope to see you there!