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TriageNow Workers’ Compensation Loss Control Programhttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=63TriageNow Workers’ Compensation Loss Control ProgramAMRRP’s TriageNow Workers’ Compensation Loss Control Program provides employees with the right level of care, while saving Members thousands in Workers’ Compensation expenses.<br> <p>Regardless of how comprehensive your municipality’s safety program is; workplace injuries still occur. It is human nature that things happen to cause injuries in the workplace despite ample training and precautions. When injuries happen, many employees do not feel comfortable having a Manager or Human Resources determine what is medically necessary and may insist on Urgent or Emergency Care. Additionally, the municipality may not want the liability of medical decision making, and routinely leave the decision in the hands of the employee.</p> <p>Statistics in a recent study from the Workers’ Compensation industry show that over 70% of all workplace injuries are minor and do not need clinical intervention to resolve. A large majority of these injuries are sprains and bruises and First Aid or Self Care will help resolve the injury and facilitate return to work. With TriageNow, a Registered Nurse is available 24/7 and with a simple phone call, an RN will assess the workplace injury at the time of the incident and quickly recommend the best level of care. This can reduce your municipality’s overall claim volume by 44% or more! </p> <p>Budget considerations are key to public entities, and the opportunity to reduce overall costs while improving the care of workers is particularly beneficial. Every dollar not spent on unnecessary clinic visits and increasing Workers’ Compensation costs is money that supports the budget. With TriageNow, your City or Town will experience fewer claims overall, reducing the costs associated with Worker’s Compensation and unnecessary medical treatment. </p> <p>To access TriageNow benefits, Members can call Lori Bosken at (480) 822-0322 or email lbosken@triagenow.com to initiate the onboarding process. Please visit http://www.triagenow.net/ for more information.</p> <p>TriageNow—“Because injured employees deserve the appropriate level of care, and the company shouldn’t pay more than necessary for this care.” </p>
AMRRP President's Messagehttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=61AMRRP President's MessageDear AMRRP Partners: <br> I wanted to report on several important things that were reviewed by your AMRRP Board of Trustees at our last meeting. First, we received a report from Justin Pierce and Steve Coleman on the first year experience with the flat-fee arrangement for our employment-related assistance programs and defense with the Pierce Coleman law firm. The program has certainly exceeded our expectations and we continue to see positive results because of this innovative approach to claim avoidance and management. Your Board renewed the agreement with Pierce Coleman for second year…with no increase in cost, by the way.</p> AMRRP took the lead in working with the Arizona Forestry Department to revise the intergovernmental agreement members were being asked to sign to continue their relationship with the department for statewide firefighting response. After a long, complicated and difficult process, agreement was finally reached and a new IGA has been distributed with reasonable indemnification language. In addition, it appears we may have also achieved a breakthrough with the Arizona Department of Transportation on the indemnification language in their project IGAs. That has not yet been finalized, but we’re hopeful. AMRRP’s general counsel, Bill Sims, deserves a big pat-on-the-back for leading these efforts which flowed from our IGA Assistance Program. Accolades also are due our administrator, Southwest Risk Services, and League Director Ken Strobeck for helping make these things happen.</p> I had previously reported our administrator had engaged specialized technical assistance in rewriting all of our coverage forms. I’m pleased to report that project has been wrapped up successfully and you’ll be getting information on the new forms through your renewal process this year. </p> We also got a look at the preliminary financial performance information for 2015 and we’re very encouraged by what we saw. So after three consecutive years of not-so-great numbers, we’ve now had two very good years. And while we ultimately decided not to declare a member dividend for 2015, we are working towards establishing a surplus target policy which we believe will help us to answer the important question, “how much is enough?” as it relates to surplus.</p> I’ll conclude by acknowledging the outstanding work of the members of our Board…Vice President Jean Poe (Buckeye), Secretary/Treasurer Jackie Walker (Kingman), and members Jackie Baker (Camp Verde), Kristy Brusso (Bullhead City), Fred Carpenter (Payson), Rudy Rodriguez (Cottonwood), Kelly Udall (Sahuarita) and Alison Zelms (Prescott).</p> Scott Barber<br> HR Director, Town of Florence<br> President, AMRRP Board of Trustees
Webinar Replay!https://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=60Webinar Replay!Did you miss the recent AMRRP Webinar event? Did you attend, but want to share the valuable information you received with your co-workers and employees? </p> Click <a href="https://youtu.be/cbP9T-ftGYg"> <u>HERE</u></a> to access a recording of the Webinar, which contains presentations and discussion on a variety of topics, including e-mods and how they affect your premium; loss control solutions; and claims information.</p> <i>Be sure to check the News Feed regularly for invites to future Webinar events!</i>
President's Messagehttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=58President's MessageDear AMRRP Partners:<br> Your AMRRP Board of Trustees recently held its annual retreat and I want to give you a report on some of the things we covered. In looking back and evaluating our progress over the past year, we were very pleased with the results of our first six months under our flat-fee arrangement for our employment-related assistance programs and defense with the Pierce Coleman law firm. We were most pleased to see the increased number of members who are accessing these no-cost programs and are using this focused, expert legal advice to help them make sound employment-related decisions. We also celebrated the success of our IGA Assistance Program which was launched in January. This program identified some challenges with many IGAs, and we continue to work to resolve these where possible. It’s also opened up areas of cooperation with other pools and between AMRRP members. And finally, a long-overdue project to re-write our coverage forms is being wrapped up and we anticipate having the new forms in place for all 2016 renewals.</p> Looking ahead, your Board took a very innovative step in partnership with Berkley Risk, which we hope will help us add to our bottom line. AMRRP currently self-insures the first $600,000 of every general liability claim, and buys reinsurance for the next $1.4 million. We made a deal with Berkley to share 50/50 on all claims within the first $2 million layer, and cede a portion of what we would have otherwise paid in reinsurance costs to Berkley as a part of the deal. We very carefully evaluated this risk-sharing arrangement using actual data from the past 5 years and pro forma data going forward 5 years. We anticipate being able to potentially add $2 million to our surplus through this arrangement. But since this is a year-to-year deal, we can return to where we’ve been in the past should the new arrangement not yield the projected results. We’re also continuing to work on an expanded public safety assistance program, offering a plan to members for handling unemployment claims, and a “gatekeeper” program for workers’ compensation injuries.</p> The Board’s focus is to maintain the relevance and value of AMRRP, ensuring that we meet the needs of you, our member/owners. But we all know the success of our Pool in reality lies with each of us in how well we control our losses.</p> On behalf of the Board of Trustees, please accept my best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a successful 2016.</p> Scott Barber<br> HR Director, Town of Florence<br> President, AMRRP Board of Trustees
Intergovernmental Agreement Review Programhttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=49Intergovernmental Agreement Review ProgramOver the past several years, the AMRRP Board of Trustees has engaged in discussions about the impact of intergovernmental agreements, including mutual and automatic aid agreements, on member liability. The topic gained significant focus in the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill tragedy. Early in 2014, the Board approved a project to assist in identifying the scope of the IGA issue, asking member cities and towns to submit their existing IGAs for a limited review of liability concerns, including indemnity language and insurance requirements. Part of the evaluation process included informational presentations at the Arizona City Attorneys’ Association annual conference, and at the 2014 Annual League of Cities and Towns conference. Out of the project came the structure for a new program to be added to the review and assistance programs already available to members (PAL, LUAL, PSAP) which was formally approved by the Board of Trustees in November.</p> Lessons we learned in the review project that can be applied going forward:</p> <ol><li>For those IGAs where a city/town must indemnify another agency for that agency’s negligence (usually ADOT), changes in state law are necessary. In cooperation with the League, legislation has been prepared that will give cities and towns protection by making contracts illegal that require one party to an IGA to indemnify another party for that party’s negligence. The League is taking the lead in working to pass that legislation. <li>There is language that may already be in your ADOT IGAs that will take advantage of the new legislation, if passed. If not, attached is language that you should require going forward. ADOT has agreed to this language. <li>ADOT has already agreed to language for some cities and towns that all municipalities should require. <ul><li> If ADOT requires your city/town to indemnify ADOT for its subcontractors’ negligence, your city/town should obtain indemnity protection from ADOT’s subcontractors. ADOT has agreed to language that will give you that protection. That language is attached and you should insist on it. Under this language, even though your city/town may have to indemnify ADOT for its subcontractors’ negligence, with this ADOT-approved language you can tender the defense to ADOT’s subcontractors. <li> ADOT has drafted indemnity provisions that greatly limit ADOT’s ability to enforce the indemnity. Attached is an example. This language should only be used in agreements where the city/town is seeking to avoid indemnity liability. <li> You likely have many other joint agreements with other agencies (often times called Mutual Aid or Automatic Aid Agreements). There are specific posting requirements under the workers’ compensation statutes that a city/town must satisfy to preserve protections afforded by the statutes (the language is specified in the statutes). Attached is language that you can use in these agreements.</ol></p> The review also led to the development of a checklist that can be used by city/town attorneys to review existing IGAs. Ultimately, the checklist for existing agreements as well as the Key Provisions for future IGAs do not replace your city/town attorney, but rather provide additional resources for him/her to assist you in limiting potential liability and creating leverage when negotiating with other agencies that have a tendency to be unaccommodating when negotiating IGAs.</p> Starting on January 1, 2015, member cities and towns will be able to submit proposed IGAs and Mutual and Automatic Aid Agreements for review prior to consideration and approval. The informational flyer for this new Program is also attached.</p> We hope you will take advantage of all of the programs and value-added features of your membership in the Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool. And as always, you can contact our Pool Administrator, Southwest Risk Services, with any questions or assistance needs.

 UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

Finance Committee Meetinghttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/Events/EventItem.aspx?ID=2622016-08-10T14:00:00ZFinance Committee Meeting
Loss Control Committee Meetinghttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/Events/EventItem.aspx?ID=2632016-08-11T15:00:00ZLoss Control Committee Meeting
Executive Committee Meetinghttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/Events/EventItem.aspx?ID=2642016-08-11T17:00:00ZExecutive Committee Meeting
Board of Trustees & Annual Members' Meetinghttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/Events/EventItem.aspx?ID=2652016-08-23T13:00:00ZBoard of Trustees & Annual Members' Meeting
Loss Control Committee Meetinghttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/Events/EventItem.aspx?ID=2662016-11-03T15:00:00ZLoss Control Committee Meeting

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