Began collection of court judgments through the Franchise Tax Board Intercept Program.
Continued to develop transactional and litigation experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and eminent domain issues, in an on-going effort to expand expertise and reduce outside legal counsel expenses.
Risk Management Division
Workers’ Compensation Program:
As a result of an RFP, we transitioned our Workers’ Compensation oversight to a new Third-Party Administrator and various unbundled managed care program service providers for cost savings and increased customer service and responsiveness to the needs of injured employees.
Continued to implement controls designed to increase accountability of Workers’ Compensation third-party claims administrator and outside legal counsel, including more oversight and efforts towards benchmarking, as well as quarterly litigation reporting of outside counsel efforts for efficiency and cost savings.
Continued to evaluate/implement ways in which to cost-effectively provide quality medical care to injured employees, in order to facilitate their recovery to pre-injury status and return to work as soon as reasonably possible.
By year’s end, we anticipate favorably settling 19 Workers’ Compensation cases, 16 by Stipulated Award and 3 by Compromise & Release.
New Claims: Reviewed and processed at least 106 new liability claims.
Closed Claims: Closed approximately 89 liability claims.
Billed about $229,187 and collected about $223,889.
Entered into 2 new payment agreements, totaling $3,652.
Continued to evaluate the City’s self-insurance and commercial insurance programs for effectiveness at protecting City assets and conformance with the practices of California municipalities of similar size and risk factors, including an analysis of alternatives for saving money at varying risk tolerance levels.