SIIA Chicago: Successful Self-Insured Workers’ Comp. Programs Showcased

A collection of successful self-insured workers’ compensation programs are slated to be showcased during the upcoming SIIA National Conference & Expo, scheduled for October 12-14, 2010 in Chicago. The workers’ compensation educational track also includes big name industry speakers and timely topics of interest to employers, TPAs and excess insurance carriers.

SIIA is pleased acknowledge Safety National Casualty Corporation as the sponsor of the Workers’ Compensation Educational Track.

Employer session highlights include:

Robert Johnson, managing counsel for McDonald’s Corporation, will describe the new “Golden Arches” approach to getting employees back to work, which has resulted in a reduction in average disability days from 35 to 21 over the past year while eliminating about 40 percent of medical claims.

Marriott International, Inc. is known for its world-class customer service practices. Hear from Marriott’s senior director of claims services, Janet Brown, on how this company’s corporate philosophy has been successfully applied to achieve favorable workers’ compensation claims management results.

Vendors play a critical role for most self-insured workers’ compensation programs. John Smolk, manager of workers’ compensation programs for United Airlines, will describe how that company has instituted an effective “outcome-based” vendor management system for claims administration and managed care services.

Patrick Sterling, director of risk & administration for Texas Roadhouse, shares his story as a relative newcomer to risk management he developed a three-year plan to become “best in class in risk management.” The presentation will describe the approach taken to develop the plan, key components, and most importantly, the results produced by the plan – notably reducing the company’s workers’ compensation rate by 30 percent, translating into a three year savings of $1.1 million.

Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, Exelon Business Services Company, has gone from operating a self-insured workers’ compensation program in a single state to being a multi-state qualified self-insurer. Exelon’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager Christine Wendt teams up with her company’s TPA partner to describe how they have been successful in overcoming regulatory obstacles and different corporate cultures to successfully manage expanded workers’ compensation risks.

For companies not large enough to self-insure workers’ compensation liabilities, there can be another option – participate in a group self-insured workers’ compensation fund where costs and risks are pooled with other small and mid-sized employers. The Alabama Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Fund is one of the largest and most successful funds in the country. The fund’s director of program development, Mike Zucco will tell their success story and help attendees understand this self-insurance solution.

In addition to these great employer-focused sessions, SIIA is pleased to announce that the “biggest names” within the workers’ compensation self-insurance industry will be participating on the educational program.

A property & casualty TPA CEO panel discussion will include Ken Martino, CEO of Broadspire Services, Inc.; David North, president & CEO of Sedgwick Claims Management Services, and Scott Hudson, president of Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

Another panel discussion will feature senior executives from the countries largest excess insurance carriers, including Mark Wilhelm, chairman of Safety National Casualty Corporation; Steve Link, executive vice president of Midwest Employers Casualty Company, and Charles Caldwell, president & CEO of Midlands Management Corporation.

We also welcome those who want to learn how self-insured workers’ programs operate with a “Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Programs Beginners” pre-conference session.

Additional sessions will focus on the following hot topics such as loss reserving strategies for workers’ compensation self-insurers and new mandatory federal reporting and compliance requirements

Of course, there is more to the SIIA National Conference than just top-notch education. The networking opportunities are unmatched and it is home to the industry’s largest trade show. In short, if you are a qualified self-insurer, employer with high deductible policy or are an industry service provider, this is simply a must-attend event.

Conference registration forms can be accessed on-line by clicking here. For exhibiting/sponsorship information, please contact Justin Miller at 800/851-7789, or via e-mail at

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.