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Workers Comp Recession Proofing – Another Angle

The Recession proofing program centers this time on reserves. I have received quite a few emailed comments and questions about the current recession. Quite a few forward-thinking employers have asked about the quickest method or methods to reduce Workers Comp premiums in 2009.

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The first thing to remember is that Workers Compensation is a delayed-effect type of expenditure. Trying to reduce the Workers Comp premiums for 2010 should now be a company’s goal. The 2009 policy is already in place unless your renewal date is after 7/1/09. The Workers Comp reserves that are set on files are usually set in stone six months before the policy renewal. If you are renewing on 1/1/09, all of the variables for your Experience Modification Factor (E-Mod or XMod) were in place on 7/1/08. Please look at my recent posts on how your time is being wasted by end-of-year claim reviews.

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One question we are asked concerns going back in the past and arguing with the insurance carriers over past high reserve levels on certain files. We and any other consultant usually cannot audit old reserve figures.

Reserve levels apply to the present only. That is why it is so important to monitor the reserves set by the adjuster on each Workers Comp file. A question to your Workers Comp carrier on a reserve level from 2007 will do no good in most circumstances.

Quite a few of our clients have us monitor all reserve changes on their files. Why? Changes to the Workers Comp reserves have to be questioned or corrected very quickly.

The longer an excessive reserves figure exists on a file, the more difficult it is to have it changed. The one thing to remember is NOT QUESTIONING the reserves on every file. You have to pick your battles on the right files.

We will revisit the ways to cut premiums next time.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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