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COMING SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2015...

 

MASI'S 18TH ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE!

Beau Rivage Resort, Biloxi

 

 

Just A Few of Our Speakers....

 

Bob Williams

Director

Life & Health Actuarial Division

Mississippi

Insurance Department

Hon. Liles Williams

MWCC

Chairman

General

Harold A. Cross Retired

Hon. Tate Reeves

Mississippi Lt. Governor

Dave Randolph MD

Midwest Occup. Health

Chris Goff, JD Pres./ CEO

Employers Health Coalition of Ohio

Trang Nguyen MD President

American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians

 

It will soon be time for MASI’s 18th Annual Fall Conference, to be held at the Beau Rivage Resort in Beautiful Biloxi, September 23-25! Register early to make sure you reserve your spot!

Click Here to Register!

 

C.J. STEWART FOUNDATION WILL BE THIS YEAR'S

CARDS FOR CARE RECIPIENT!

 

 

Bring your business cards! For the third year in a row, MASI will support a Mississippi non-profit at this year's conference. Every card you put into an exhibitor's drawing bag will not only enter you to win some fantastic prizes, but MASI will make a matching contribution to C.J. Stewart Foundation/ Down Range, our Cards for Care recipient! C.J. is an inspiring young man who was wounded in service to America while serving in the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan. His foundation now provides an outstanding "boot camp" experience for Mississippi's youth - to help shape them into the leaders of tomorrow. Make sure to come to Thursday night's Draw Down Party to hear C.J.'s inspiring story!

 

Pictured above, from left, Jay Hunter, Warrior Bonfire Project, Lee Nations, MASI Vice President, C.J. Stewart, Cora Beth Hartfield, MASI Past President, and Dan Gibson, MASI Executive Director

 

 

 

2015-2016 MASI Officers


Maury Hull

Hol-Mac Corporation

MASI Board Sec/Treasurer

Lee Nations

Assoc. General Contractors

MASI Board Vice President

Donnie Smith

Rush Health Systems

MASI Board President

Cora Beth Hartfield

MS Truck, Food & Fuel SIF

MASI Board Past President

Click Here To View Our 2015/16 Board of Directors

 

MASI ANNOUNCES A NEW EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM!

 

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C S I H P

 

CERTIFIED SELF-INSURED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

MODULE I, SELF-INSURED HEALTH BASICS – THURSDAY, AUGUST 13

Electric Power Associations of MS, Ridgeland, MS

REGISTER TODAY!

 

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C S I W C P

 

CERTIFIED SELF-INSURED WORKERS' COMP PROFESSIONAL

LAST CLASSES FOR 2015 COMING SOON!

MODULE I, WORK COMP BASICS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

MODULE II, CLAIMS MANAGEMENT & MEDICAL, THURSDAY, AUGUST 27

MODULE III, LEGAL PRINCIPLES, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

MODULE IV, LOSS PREVENTION & SAFETY, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Electric Power Associations of MS, Ridgeland, MS

REGISTER TODAY!

 

            

 

STANDING ROOM ONLY AT MASI'S SUMMER LUNCHEON!

 

Jack Moriarity, MDDavid Collipp, MDMASI'S Summer Luncheon was "standing room only"... we had a fantastic turnout! Held July 30 at Table 100 Conference Center, featured speakers were NewSouth Neurosurgeons, Dr. Jack Moriarity and Dr. David Collipp. Also speaking was Dr. Angela “Jeannie” Koestler, a specialist is making the link between Psychology and Pain. Click links below to download presentations:

 

The Best Approach to Treating Lower Back Pain

The Basics of Impairment Ratings

The Injured Worker’s Family - Impact on Recovery and Return to Work

 

 

 

Click Here to View Photos.

 

MASI'S Summer Golf Tournament our Best Ever!

 

 

Held at the Reunion Golf & Country Club on July 13, 2015, MASI's Summer Golf Tournament included a record number of golfers! Included was a delicious lunch and a "19th Hole" Post-Tournament Awards Party for Golfers and Sponsors!

 

Click Here For More Details.        Click Here to View Photos.

 

MASI Board President, Cora Beth Hartfield, Wins Sam Cox Spirit Award

 

BILOXI – Cora Beth Hartfield, MASI Board President and MS Truck, Food & Fuel SIF Administrator, was presented the Sam Cox Spirit Award at the MS Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference April 16 at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi. Created to honor the memory of Sam Cox, an enthusiastic leader loved by many in Mississippi’s work comp industry, the award  is presented each year to honor one individual who has shown exceptional spirit and leadership, and who has made an impact on workers’ compensation in our state. Past recipients have included Perry Nations (AGC of MS), Dean Watkins (The Taylor Group), Stephanie Kilpatrick (Self-Insured Solutions) and Dan Gibson (MASI). During the presentation before the entire general assembly, Cora Beth was commended for her outstanding years of service to the industry, as well as to her contributions to her community. Cora Beth is currently in her 10th year as SIF Administrator at MTA and happens to be the youngest serving administrator in Mississippi. In addition to her business activities, Cora Beth has served countless hours for philanthropies such as the Junior League of Jackson and the American Cancer Society. Pictured with Cora Beth are Pete Mills, President of Rehab, Inc. and former business partner to Sam, and Foster Welburn, Director of MMA Insurance Services. MASI congratulates Cora Beth on this outstanding accomplishment!

 

2015 Spring Luncheon at Table 100 Was a Great Success!

 

The room was full and the information was plentiful! MASI’ Spring Luncheon, sponsored by Balch & Bingham, LLP & BancorpSouth Insurance Services, this in-depth seminar on the Affordable Care Act was, in the words of several who attended, “the best AFA program yet!”. Many thanks to Pepper Crutcher and Andy Impastato for their outstanding presentations. 3 Hours CEUs - Agents & Adjusters/ CLE were included.

 

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MASI Certifies 14 CSIWCP Graduates – Announces Last 2015 Class Dates!

 

 

MASI certified another 14 CSIWCP Graduates in March at special classes held at the Electric Power Associations of MS. Pictured at left are Michael Weltzheimer (Instructor and Host), B.J. Shake, Jessica Patterson, Joe Miller, Jonathan Cox, Skipper Anderson, Brenda Bennett, Melissa Bolen, Shirley Carter, Eddie Howard, Drew Ledbetter, Mitchell Smith, James Snider, and Dan Gibson (MASI Executive Director). Not pictured are Allen Thompson and Steve Boudreaux. The CSIWCP is a course consisting of Four Modules and very thorough instruction, resulting in designation as a Certified Self-Insured Workers’ Comp Professional.

 

MASI will offer the next round of 2015 CSIWCP Classes, Modules I & II, Wednesday - Thursday, August 26-27; Modules III & IV, Wednesday - Thursday, September 2-3. Classes will be held at the Electric Power Associations of MS, Ridgeland, MS.  This will be the last class offering for 2015. Click Here to Register!

 

MASI WINTER CONFERENCE A GREAT SUCCESS -

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PRESENTATIONS AND VIEW MORE INFO...

 

 

Click Here to View the Photo Gallery!

 

 

 

MASI Jackson Legislative Luncheon a Great Success!

Sponsored by Markow Walker, P.A., MASI's Legislative Luncheon, held January 15 at River Hills, was a great success! Numerous employer members were in attendance, and special legislative guests included Sen. Giles Ward, Senate President Pro-Tem, Sen. Joey Fillingane, Chairman of Finance, Rep. Mark Formby, Chairman of Rules, Rep. Becky Currie and Sen. Will Longwitz. Attorneys Michael Young and Pepper Cossar also shared valuable legal updates.

     

MASI's 2014 Fall Luncheon Well Attended!

 

 

      

 

Sponsored by Baptist Occupational Medical Clinic/be.Well, MASI's Special Fall Luncheon, held Thursday, November 20 at the Manship Conference Center in The Belhaven, drew an outstanding crowd of employers, health professionals, insurance providers and other industry representatives. An Introduction & Welcome was provided by Chris Anderson, Baptist CEO.

MS State Senator Will Longwitz also provided important information about Mississippi's Workplace Wellness Tax Credit Bill. Other topics, included the following:

New Approach to Lung Cancer Screening - A. Michael Koury, MD

Why Have a Preferred Medical Provider? - Robert “Tim” Morris, M.D.

Injury Prevention in the Workplace - Troy Walters, DPT

Occupational Service Lines – Stephanie Clarke, CSIWCP 

2015/16 ACA Reporting Requirements - Eugene Starks and Andrew Johnson, Benefit Adm. Systems 

Two hours CEU credits were included for Agents and Adjusters, PC & Health.

Click Here to View the Photo Gallery!

 

 

A GREAT SUCCESS!!

MASI'S 2014 FALL CONFERENCE, SEPTEMBER 24-26

AT THE BEAU RIVAGE, BILOXI

Featured Speakers were the Hon. Phil Bryant, Mississippi’s 64th Governor;

the Hon. Philip Gunn, Mississippi’s Speaker of the House; General Harold Cross,

Former Adjutant General of Mississippi; Aaron Beam, former HealthSouth CFO,

and numerous others… too many great names and faces to count!

 

ATTENDANCE ROSTER, PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER INFO

AVAILABLE ON-LINE!

CLICK HERE...

PHOTO GALLERY UPDATED! CLICK HERE TO VIEW NEW PHOTOS!!

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

applauds MASI on its success.

 

In remarks to a packed audience at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi at MASI's 17th Annual Fall Conference, MS Governor Phil Bryant commended the association on helping pass Workers' Comp Reform. "I use it quite often when working to attract industry to Mississippi". He also applauded Mississipi employers for enacting workplace wellness programs - calling them a "win win".

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn

Endorses Workplace Wellness Tax Credit

 

Speaking at the beginning of the Drawdown Party at MASI's 17th Annual Fall Conference, MS Speaker Philip Gunn wholeheartedly endorsed MASI's Workplace Wellness Tax Credit. He spoke of the value of Workplace Wellness and said, "I have read the bill. It's a good bill. And I support it". To read more about our Workplace Wellness Tax Credit bill, go to our Legislative Page by clicking here.

 

Dean Watkins Named "Friend of MASI"

 

 

Dean Watkins, Human Resources Manager of the Taylor Group in Louisville, MS, was recognized by the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers last week at MASI’s 17th Annual Conference, held at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi. MASI’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to initiate a new award this year, “The Friend of MASI” award, and voted Dean as the first recipient, in recognition for her devotion to the statewide association of self-insured employers and groups. She was given this award to celebrate her many years of service to the association and to express gratitude for all she has done.
 

Dean is shown accepting the “Friend of MASI” award from Ms. Cora Beth Hartfield, President of the MS Association of Self-Insurers Board of Directors, and Administrator of the MS Truck, Food & Fuel Self Insurers Fund (MTFF SIF).

 

MASI FALL CONFERENCE RAISES OVER $2,000 FOR

BATSON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL!

MASI's Second Annual "Cards for a Cure" benefit was even better than last year! Over 3,400 business cards were exchanged at this year's conference. MASI provided matching funds for each business card, presenting a check for $2,250 to Batson Children's Hospital at Thursday's Drawdown Party. It was a great way to give back to the community - and it proved to be a lot of fun too! As people put business cards in exhibitors' drawing bags, they entered drawings for over 50 door prizes!

 

Pictured Above are Special Guests Gen. Harold Cross and wife, Carolyn (2nd and 3rd from left) with, from left, Steve Szabo (KLLM Transport Services), Dan Gibson (MASI Executive Director), Matthew Johnson (Batson Children's Hospital), Cora Beth Hartfield (MASI President/MS Trucking Association SIF), Maury Hull (Hol-Mac Corporation), Dean Watkins (The Taylor Group), Alasdair Roe (MS Hospital Association), Donnie Smith (MASI Vice President/ Rush Health Systems) and Ricky Saltzman (MS Healthcare Association)

 

Pictured Above with MASI's Board of Directors, Left to Right: Travis Bradburn (Director of Development, Batson), Ricky Saltzman (MS Healthcare Assoc. SIF), Judy Mooney (MS Public Entity WCG), Guy Giesecke (CEO, Batson), Anissa Young (MASI Past President/ MS School Boards Assoc.), Dr. Rick Barr (Chair of Pediatrics, Batson), Donnie Smith (MASI Vice President/ Rush Health Systems), Cora Beth Hartfield (MASI President/ MS Trucking Association SIF), Steve Szabo (KLLM Transport Services), Regina Mahaney (MASI Sec.& Treas./ Roy Anderson Corp), Dean Watkins (The Taylor Group), Lee Nations (MS Association of General Contractors), and Dan Gibson (MASI Executive Director).

 

MASI Graduates 21 More CSIWCP Professionals!

MASI has graduated another 21 CSIWCP professionals! These new graduates are now qualified to use the CSIWCP credentials – the Certified Self-Insured Workers’ Comp Professional Designation. In order to receive the CSIWCP, these individuals were required to take four modules of specialized instruction: Module I, Workers’ Comp Basics; Module II, Claims Management & Medical; Module III, Legal Principles; and Module IV, Loss Prevention & Safety. All classes were held at the Mississippi Trucking Association, 825 N. President Street, in Jackson, and included six hours of CEU credit (MS CLE, Adjusters, P/C Insurance Agents and CCM). For more information about the CSIWCP, CLICK HERE.

 

The list of CSIWCP graduates has now topped 100! Pictured above with Dan Gibson, MASI Executive Director, are: Left to Right, First Row- Courtney Lowell, Stone Rehabilitation; Tosha Burke, CorVel; Jessica Rasberry, AmFed; Jerry Lee, Corvel; Stephanie Clarke (Baptist Occupational Health be.Well Clinic; Debbie McMillen, CCMSI; Second Row- Carla Clayton, Physical Therapy Center of Ocean Springs; Cindy Hansen, Memorial Hospital; Felissa Curry, AmFed; Elizabeth Felder, CorVel; Third Row- Darlene Gray, CCMSI; Chris Shirley, CorVel; Bonnie Croker, Physical Therapy Center of Ocean Springs; Keith Dupre, Rouses Enterprises; Jennifer McCollough, MPE WCT; Megan Pate, MPE WCT; Lee Nations, AGC of MS; David Carney, Markow Walker. Pictured below are Cora Beth Harfield, MS Truck, Food & Fuel SIF, Melanie Jones, Community Rehab PT; and Sue Burke, MS Municipal WCG.

 

 

 

SPECIAL MASI SUMMER LUNCHEON AT TABLE 100 IN FLOWOOD...

A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS!

John D. Davis, IV, MD David Collipp, MD Jeff Summers, MD

Sponsored by NewSouth NeuroSpine, three of Mississippi's leading specialists in the treatment of spinal and neurological conditions spoke to a record crowd of almost 100! Special emphasis was given to the following topics: Cervical Disk Disease, Treating Neck Pain, and Changes in the 2013 Fee Schedule, especially in terms of Cost Containment and Utilization Review. Featured speakers were Dr. John Davis, Dr. David Collip, and Dr. Jeff Summers. Three hours CEU credits were included for Agents and Adjusters, PC & Health. Click links below to view presentations!

Changes in the 2013 Fee Schedule, Summers

Cervical Disk Disease and Workers' Compensation, Davis

Neck Pain 2014, Collipp

 

CSIWCP - MASI'S CERTIFIED WORKERS' COMP PROGRAM

NEW MODULES NOW SCHEDULED!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

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IT WAS A GREAT DAY FOR GOLF, BBQ & BLUES!!

MASI's 2014 SPRING GOLF TOURNAMENT NOW IN THE BOOKS...

 

EVERYONE ENJOYED REUNION - AND CHRIS GILL WAS FANTASTIC!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO...

 

MASI'S 7TH ANNUAL WINTER CONFERENCE

A GREAT SUCCESS - RECORD ATTENDANCE AND GREAT EDUCATION!

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER WAS

MS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER MIKE CHANEY

This year's conference included six hours of Health and Work Comp CEU's. It also included opportunities for Exhibitors and Sponsors - and it was a full house!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRESENTATIONS AND FOR OTHER INFORMATION...

 

 

MASI'S 16TH ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE WAS OUR BEST YET! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS, INCLUDING DOWNLOADS OF PRESENTATIONS...

MASI'S “CARDS FOR A CURE!” BENEFIT RAISES $2,000 TO FIGHT CANCER!

 

MASI's first-time ever “Cards for a Cure!”, an original idea developed by MASI to engage conference exhibitors and registrants in the fight against cancer, resulted in a $2,000 donation to the American Cancer Society at MASI's Fall Conference, where over 2,700 business cards were exchanged - amounting to almost 75 cents per card!

Pictured is MASI’s Board of Directors, kicking off “Cards for a Cure”, with Lynette McBrayer, Associate Executive Director of the American Cancer Society, Mid-South Division. Left to Right, First Row: Lynette McBrayer, ACS; MASI Board President Anissa Young, MS Schools Boards Assoc.; MASI Vice-President Cora Beth Hartfield, MS Trucking Assoc.; Second Row: Marty Milstead, Builders & Contractors of MS; Judy Mooney, MS Public Entity Workers’ Comp Trust; Regina Mahaney, Roy Anderson Corp.; Dean Watkins, The Taylor Group; Lisa Noble, MS Hospital Association; Third Row: Lee Nations, Assoc. General Contractors of MS; Ricky Saltzman, MS Healthcare Assoc.; Maury Hull, Hol-Mac Corp.; Donnie Smith, Rush Health Systems; Dan Gibson, MASI; Dan Risher, Marshall Durbin; Steve Szabo, KLLM Transport.

MS Workers’ Comp Fee Schedule Revisions Effective November 1

 

Mississippi’s Workers’ Comp Fee Schedule has just been revised – and the changes became effective November 1. Beneficial changes occurred in several areas, especially in helping manage costs associated with pain creams, pain management drug screens, and components of spinal cord stimulators. Click Here to read more...

MS Workers’ Comp Commission Announces New Claims Procedure

 

http://www.mwcc.state.ms.us/../picts/side1x1.JPGThe Mississippi Workers’ Comp Commission has just announced a new procedure that will, according to the Commission, “advance claims to resolution more efficiently, thereby saving the parties both time and money.” Click Here to read more...

Employers Are Looking to Self-Insurance as a Way Out of Obamacare

 

More and more employers are looking to Self-Insured Health Plans as a way out of Obamacare. Click Here to read more.

 

 

The 2013 Legislative Session is now over. And MASI successfully blocked all dangerous bills. In this picture, House Insurance Chairman Gary Chism addressess MASI members at the Jackson Legislative Luncheon, held on January 10. Looking on are Rep. Mark Formby, Rules Chairman, Rep. John Moore, Education Chairman, and Sen. Will Longwitz, Senate Ins. Committee. Click here for more legislative news.

 

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What's Next for Health Care? - Andy Impastato, BancorpSouth     Mississippi's New Work Comp Law - Dan Gibson, MASI

 

House and Senate Insurance Committee Leaders in attendance at MASI's Fall Conference! Pictured are Rep. Mark Formby, House Ins. Chairman Gary Chism, Sen. Will Longwitz, Senate Ins. Chairman Videt Carmichael with MASI Director Dan Gibson on far left. Click here to view photo gallery, with other conference highlights!

 

 

MASI MEMBERSHIP DRIVE UNDERWAY - GREAT TIME TO JOIN! CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS OBAMACARE - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

2012 Legislative Session... HISTORIC WORKERS' COMP BILL PASSES! Click here for more information.

Click here for the MWCC Notice on SB 2576, which by law must be posted on the worksites of all Mississippi Employers.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR...

MASI 2015 Fall Conference September 23-25

The Beau Rivage Resort, Biloxi, MS. Click Here to Register!

 

MASI CSIWCP Refresher, COMING SOON... WATCH SITE FOR DETAILS....Electric Power Associations of MS, Ridgeland. Click Here to Register!

 

MASI 2015 CSIHP Module I, Certified Self-Insured Health Professional, Coming August 13. Click Here to Register!

 

MASI 2015 CSIWCP Classes, Modules I & II, Wednesday - Thursday, August 26-27; Modules III & IV, Wednesday - Thursday, September 2-3, Electric Power Associations of MS, Ridgeland, MS. Click Here to Register!


MASI Continues to Break All Membership Records!
Click Here for Membership Listings, Links, and Details on Joining!



We're Here to Represent YOU!

The Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers, MASI, is committed to representing the interests of the self-insured workers' comp and health community by promoting knowledge and providing advocacy in legislative and regulatory arenas. MASI members include group self-insurers and individual self-insured employers.

MASI is strongly supported by many professional organizations that serve self-insurers, such as third party administrators, healthcare providers, attorneys, accountants, banks, rehabilitation counselors and specialists in related services. MASI is overseen by a Board of Directors with a representative from self-insured groups and corporations.



Our Mission

MASI's Mission is very straight forward: We are committed to representing the interests of the self-insured workers’ comp and health community by promoting knowledge and providing advocacy in legislative and regulatory arenas.


MASI does not oppose reasonable and necessary regulations. However, as many self-insured employers and groups know, there are public administrators and lawmakers nationwide who have attempted to enact extensive and burdensome regulations for self-insurers.

To ensure that regulations remain reasonable, self-insurers must be actively and forcefully involved in the development of these regulations. MASI offers self-insurers this opportunity.


MASI was featured as the Top Story in the Mississippi Business Journal’s Insurance Focus, March 14, 2011. Click Here to Read Article.



MASI ANNOUNCES EXPANDED FOCUS-

WORKERS' COMP AND SELF-INSURED HEALTHCARE!

The Obama Healthcare Reform, passed last year by Congress and currently being implemented nationally, has brought many challenges to the self-insured community. As a result, many large employers, who traditionally have looked to MASI for help in workers’ comp, are now struggling to understand the changes now taking place in health insurance. The possible implications of all of this are enormous. Large employers could be greatly impacted by the mandatory changes in healthcare – and costs could escalate considerably.

In response to this pressing need, MASI has expanded its focus. In addition to representing its members in self-insured workers' comp issues, we will now be serving as an advocate for self-insured health as well! MASI has already been working in this direction - a special day focusing on Health Reform was added to the 2010 Fall Conference. And MASI included Healthcare Legislation in its lobbying activities with the Mississippi Legislature this year, even sending updates on Healthcare bills to its members on a routine basis.

MASI LAUNCHES CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR WORKERS' COMP PROFESSIONALS

MASI is pleased to announce the historic beginning of a new certification program in Mississippi: the CSIWCP- Certified Self-Insured Workers' Comp Professional - a professional designation intended to promote excellence in Mississippi's self-insured Workers' Compensation community.

This program consists of Four Modules: Work Comp Basics, Claims Management and Medical, Legal Principles, and Loss Prevention and Safety. The modules are spread out over time, and completion of all modules and ongoing continuing education is required to earn and keep the CSIWCP designation.

 

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