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MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS

ON FOR DECEMBER!!

 

REFER A FRIEND AND

HELP US GROW MASI!

 

It’s a great time to join…

2015 Membership Directory Coming Soon!

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MASI Winter Conference Coming in February! Watch this site for details!!

 

     

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.

 

 

 

MASI 2014-2015 Officers


 

TBA

 

MASI Board Sec/Treasurer

Cora Beth Hartfield

MS Truck, Food & Fuel SIF

MASI Board President

Donnie Smith

Rush Health Systems

MASI Board Vice President

Click Here To View Our 2014/15 Board of Directors

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!

Reunion Picture 2

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.

 

cid:image001.jpg@01CCCAD0.5CE9DB60 MASI recently provided two free training days for our members. Click the following links to view the presentations that were offered:

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 Legislative Luncheon Thursday, January 8
Gulf Coast, MS


MASI Legislative Luncheon Thursday, January 15
River Hills Club, Jackson, MS


MASI CSIWCP Refresher, Wednesday, February 25

Electric Power Associations of MS, Ridgeland

 

MASI 2015 Winter Conference Thursday, February 26
Embassy Suites, Ridgeland, MS


MASI 2015 Spring Golf Tournament Monday, May 18
Reunion Golf & Country Club, Madison, MS


MASI 2015 Fall Conference September 23-25

The Beau Rivage Resort, Biloxi, MS

NEW MEMBER DRIVE UNDERWAY!!

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.

MASI 2014-2015 Officers


Regina Manhaney

Roy Anderson Corp

MASI Board Sec/Treasurer

Cora Beth Hartfield

MS Truck, Food & Fuel SIF

MASI Board President

Donnie Smith

Rush Health Systems

MASI Board Vice President



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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