March 18, 2018

MI Gov. Rick Snyder Appoints Sims to Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates

Lansing, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of John Sims of Marshall to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates. The 17-member board hears administrative claims for benefits and resolve disputes arising under the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act. “I thank John for his commitment to this board and to fairly and effectively serving the people of Michigan,” said Snyder. Sims is the president and an attorney for the law office of Sims and Stern P.C. He has been an active…[Continue Reading]

MEMIC Promotes Vinas to Atlantic Region Claims Director

Portland, ME – The MEMIC Group recently announced the promotion of Adelin Vinas to the position of Claims Director of the Atlantic Region, which includes MEMIC’s Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey offices. Vinas began her career in the claims industry in 2005 with Liberty Mutual in Tampa and has several years of management experience with a professional employer organization, a large third-party administrator and a national insurance carrier overseeing claims in both guaranteed…[Continue Reading]

MEMIC Promotes Torrey to Production Underwriter

Portland, ME – To support continued growth within the Connecticut market, workers’ compensation specialist The MEMIC Group has announced the promotion of Ian Torrey to the position of Production Underwriter. Torrey, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, joined The MEMIC Group in 2015 as an Account Analyst and was promoted to Associate Underwriter in 2016. He has earned his Workers’ Compensation Professional (WCP®) designation and is working towards completion of his…[Continue Reading]

Robert Cartwright, Jr. Named 2018 President of RIMS

New York, NY – RIMS recently announced that Robert Cartwright, Jr. CRM, BSB/OP will lead the Society as president for the 2018 term, effective January 1. Mr. Cartwright is the Division Manager of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability for Bridgestone Retail Operations in the Northeast Region. He has been a member of RIMS for more than 25 years and on its Board of Directors for ten years. Mr. Cartwright has held every Board position with the RIMS Delaware Valley…[Continue Reading]

Chesapeake Employers Expands Claimant Health Services, Hires Pharmacist

Towson, MD – Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company recently added Danielle Quinn, PharmD, to the organization’s expanding Health Services department. As the Pharmacist Case Manager, Ms. Quinn is responsible for managing the Pharmacy Utilization Program, which includes providing oversight of prescription drug use and reviewing prescription medications to ensure they are medically appropriate. “Ms. Quinn will work with providers on prescription medicines to help minimize…[Continue Reading]

ReEmployAbility’s Debra Livingston Named Woman to Watch by Business Insurance

New York, NY – Being an influential business leader in the workers’ compensation industry requires many skills that set you apart, such as dedication, compassion, and an innovative mindset. ReEmployAbility Co-Founder, Debra Livingston, has spent the past 20 years refining these skills, which has made her a natural honoree for Business Insurance’s 2017 Women to Watch nominee list. Launched in 2006, Business Insurance started the Women to Watch awards program to recognize women leaders…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Names Dr. Nicholas D. Trego Pharmacy Director

Columbus, OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison recently announced the appointment of Dr. Nicholas D. Trego to lead the agency’s pharmacy operations. As Pharmacy Program Director, Trego will oversee BWC’s pharmacy benefits program, which manages more than 768,000 prescriptions in the BWC system. “Nick brings a passion to his job for doing right by the injured worker, and he has a mix of experience from the private and public sectors…[Continue Reading]

OCDA Prosecutor Shaddi Kamiabipour Honored as “Prosecutor of the Year” by Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

Santa Ana, CA – Senior Deputy District Attorney Shaddi Kamiabipour of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) was honored by the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (CAIF) as the 2017 Prosecutor of the Year for her extensive work prosecuting medical and workers’ compensation insurance fraud cases. The award was presented at CAIF’s recent annual meeting. CAIF is a nonprofit alliance of insurers, consumer groups, and government agencies combating all forms of insurance fraud…[Continue Reading]

OR Governor Brown Announces Leadership Change at DCBS

Salem, OR – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently appointed Cameron Smith as the director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Pending Senate confirmation, Smith replaces Patrick Allen, who left DCBS in August to be the director of the Oregon Health Authority. Smith comes to DCBS from the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), where he took the helm as director in 2013. From 2009 to 2013, Smith served as…[Continue Reading]

OK WCC Executive Director Kim Bailey Resigns, to Take Spot at Another State Agency

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) recently announced the resignation of Executive Director Kim Bailey. Bailey will be leaving her position to accept a critical role elsewhere in state government, to be announced at a later date. Bailey said, “I have worked with the WCC in various roles since its inception, and watched it develop as an extraordinarily efficient state agency. I believe I am leaving the WCC in a good place where it can continue to successfully…[Continue Reading]

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