Each year BWC staff participates in the Annual Conference of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF).
This year, SFM Mutual Insurance Company hosted the conference in Minneapolis. SFM was a generous host providing educational sessions, informative panels and networking opportunities to the attendees.
BWC staff are involved in AASCIF in many ways. This year four BWC employees were members of AASCIF’s committees tasked with planning session topics and finding speakers.
Michael Rienerth, Ergonomics Technical Advisor, chaired the Safety and Health Committee. Bill Teets, Communications Director was on the Communications Committee. Barb Ingram, Chief Finance Officer was on the Finance and Investment Committee and I was on the Underwriting and Policyholder Services Committee.
Several BWC staff also traveled to the conference to attend sessions on a variety of topics from managing concussion claims to an overview of nationwide workers’ compensation legislation.
Shadya Yazback, BWC Chief of Enterprise Services, said that one session she really enjoyed was Telehealth – A Case Study. In this presentation, Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI), the North Dakota State Fund discussed how they are piloting telemedicine options for a small group of employers. Some areas in North Dakota are very remote, so the pilot utilized technology to engage injured workers’ through telephone calls with triage nurses and follow-up video calls with physicians. The presentation included a live demonstration of a patient exam using the video technology (see photo below).
Shadya commented that she thought the presentation was useful in demonstrating how technological advances have the potential to improve access and quality of care to our injured workers.
I also participated in a panel titled Successfully Recruiting and Retaining the Workers’ Comp NextGen. The panel was moderated by Jennifer Wolf, Executive Director of the International Association of Industrial Accident Board and Commissions (IAIABC). The interactive discussion highlighted the value of hiring and retaining millennial talent and offered ideas such as fellowship programs and career progression paths as ways to get more young people into the industry.
In addition to the educational programming, AASCIF holds an annual Communication Awards competition. I am happy to report that BWC won four awards this year. The awards are:
- Excellence in Writing: First Place for Saving Lives, Building a Pharmacy Program piece in IAIABC’s Perspectives Magazine
- Radio/TV Advertising: Second Place for our Guardian Angel 30 second spot
- Open Category: Second Place for the 2018 Ohio Safety Congress and Expo
- Print Marketing: Third Place for BWC’s Opioid Infographic.
The team at BWC is already hard at work gearing up to host the conference. Cleveland is a beautiful and vibrant city so save the date for July 21 – 24 and plan on joining in 2019.