John Bobik’s workers’ compensation career began in 1979, when he joined British-owned C.E. Heath Casualty and General Insurance Ltd. He was responsible for Heath’s technology solutions addressing world-wide insurance lines of business needs, with particular emphasis on workers’ compensation.
C.E. Heath was founded by Cuthbert Eden Heath, who was the first non-marine underwriter at Lloyd’s of London and has often been referred to as father of the modern Lloyd’s of London. The Heath syndicate was the first to offer workers’ compensation insurance in the U.K., in 1880, and also played a significant role in opening the U.S. insurance market for Lloyd’s. Heath became legendary when he instructed his claims administrators to “pay all of our policyholders in full, irrespective of the terms of their policies,” to all those affected by the San Francisco earthquake in 1906.
Over his 35-year career, Bobik has advised some of the most prominent underwriters of workers’ compensation around the world on their technology and processes associated with claims handling.
In recent years, Bobik has focused on developing a disability claims handling methodology, along with its accompanying technology, called “Minder,” to deliver a most advanced disability claims management system that fully encompasses all processes associated with returning a person to the workforce, controlling costs at the same time.
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When an injured worker submits a claim, it initiates processes aimed at returning the injured worker to gainful and sustainable work at the earliest possible time. In this journey, checkpoints and milestones are the best means to monitor progress. Checkpoints generally relate to visits with a medical practitioner where medical conditions are checked against expectations […]
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Pharmaceuticals remain a large component of both total claims and medical costs in treating workers’ compensation injuries and illnesses. On the plus side, pharmaceuticals lower medical costs by decreasing demand on other health resources, improve health outcomes, including treatment safety, and provide earlier opportunities to return to work. On the negative side, prices can be […]