Having worked in this industry for over 28 years, I have witnessed the effects of both good and bad management of workers’ compensation. In the private sector, it was a priority for us and it paid huge dividends in employee morale and savings to the company. In the public sector, I have also witnessed the positive change that effective management provides. However, it must begin at the top. We have developed an effective program for all agencies to follow. It is easy to implement, it meets statutory requirements and it saves money when managed correctly. Since the inception of our program, we have picked the low hanging fruit and the result has been savings of over $58 million dollars to the state over the last 12 years. There are more savings out there if we all commit to taking a stance that employee injury on the job is unacceptable. Please make this a priority in your agency by committing resources to eliminate injury in your agency.
State of Montana
Health Care & Benefits Division
100 North Park Ave
P.O. Box 200130
Helena, MT 59620-0130