2020 Outcomes

2020 Outcomes

An In-Depth Conversation on How COVID-19 Continues to Impact Workers’ Comp.

In a very short period of time, COVID-19 fundamentally altered the landscape of work in the United States. In workers’ compensation, the ongoing pandemic has raised questions about when coronavirus infection is covered under state laws, how to treat it and how to minimize risk in the workplace. Although the answers are still coming into focus, objective information will be essential to achieving positive outcomes for workers, businesses and payers alike.

The Outcomes Summer Series, presented by myMatrixx parent company Express Scripts, is a premier industry event designed to bring together benefits professionals and health care leaders to discuss challenges and innovative solutions in the PBM field. In order to provide greater clarity in an uncertain environment, myMatrixx assembled a panel of leading experts to share their understanding of how the workers’ comp industry is responding to COVID-19.

Moderator Phill Walls, Chief Clinical Officer for myMatrixx, posed questions and raised discussion points to panelists designed to start a dialogue around several key topics:

  • The background of presumption law in workers’ compensation and the challenges of applying it to COVID-19 infections.
  • How to assess and minimize risk, particularly as companies begin returning employees to worksites.
  • The continuing development of potential treatments for COVID-19 and how it affects formulary development for carriers.

An Industry-Spanning Panel Covering Multiple Perspectives

For our 2020 Outcomes Summer Series event, we were thrilled to line up an impressive panel of professionals from across the workers’ comp industry. This wide-ranging session incorporates the perspectives of regulators, carriers, third-party administrators and medical professionals. This year’s panel featured the following experts:


Mike Cirillo

President, myMatrixx


Phil Walls, R.PH.

Chief Clinical Officer, myMatrixx

Teresa Bartlett

Teresa Bartlett, MD

Managing Director and Senior Medical Officer, Sedgwick

Tamara Evans

Tamara L. Evans, CPCU, AIC, AIM, ACS, AIS, WCLS

Assistant Vice President/Director of Workers’ Comp Claims, EMC Insurance Companies

Alice Lihou

Alice Lihou

President and CEO, Qual-Lynx Inc.

John Ruser

John Ruser, PHD

President and CEO, WCRI

David Wehner

David Wehner

Managing Director, Ostroff Associates, former CEO of the New York State Insurance Fund and former Chairman of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board