Tuesday, August 8, 2017

National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College (Day 2)

Presented by The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, Inc. (NAWCJ)
 

Registration Is Required To Attend The National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College. You Must Be An Adjudicator or Regulator To Attend.

Visit the National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary, Inc. website for more information.

 

8:45 – 5:00 pm    
Grand Ballrooms 4 - 6
Convention Level

(Day 3 of this program is on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 beginning at 8:50 am in Hall of Cities - New York & New Orleans.)
    
8:45 – 9:45 am    
Live Wrist Surgery

Palms Ballroom - Canary 
Convention Level
    
Surgery Moderator:
Lawrence S. Halperin, MD
Orlando Orthopaedic Center
Orlando, FL
    
Surgeon:
Michael D. Riggenbach, MD
Orlando Orthopaedic Center
Orlando, FL

The 10th Annual Orlando Orthopaedic Center Live Surgery Event offers a unique interactive look into an operating room as Michael D. Riggenbach, MD, performs a wrist ligament procedure live from the Orlando Orthopaedic Center Outpatient Surgery Center. With moderator Lawrence S. Halperin, MD, Dr. Riggenbach, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric hand and upper extremity peripheral nerve surgery and microsurgery, will explain the procedure step-by-step and answer questions from the audience. The goal of the presentation will be to explain wrist ligament injuries and surgery (a common minimally invasive outpatient procedure) and examine how the injury and recovery period affect day-to-day activity, employment restrictions, and workers’ compensation claims processing.
    
9:55 – 10:00 am    
Announcements and Updates

Grand Ballrooms 4 - 6 
Convention Level
    
Honorable Ellen Lorenzen
NAWCJ Past-President 
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Tampa, FL
    
10:00 – 10:50 am    
Mediation Challenges and Successes

    
Introduction of Moderator and Panel:
Honorable Bruce Moore 
Kansas Department of Labor, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Salina, KS
    
Moderator:
Honorable Deborah Blevins 
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission        
Richmond, VA
    
Panel:
John Brooks, Attorney and Mediator
John P. Brooks, Attorney at Law
Winter Park, FL
    
Allen Craddock, Director of Hearings
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Austin, TX
    
Honorable Neal Pitts 
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Orlando, FL
    
Honorable David Torrey
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
Pittsburgh, PA

States vary in their utilization of mediation as a mechanism for resolving conflicts in workers’ compensation claims. This panel will discuss various approaches to mediation, their strengths, weaknesses, efficacy, and those situations or circumstances where it has the greatest potential impact.
    
10:50 – 11:00 am    
Break
    
11:00 – 11:50 am    
Head Injuries and Concussions

    
Introduction of Speakers:
Honorable Deneise Turner Lott 
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission
Jackson, MS
    
Speakers:
Pritesh Parbhoo, Psy.D.            
NeuroInternational
Sarasota, FL
    
Tammy Boyd
NeuroInternational    
Sarasota, FL

There are various settings for a head injury and concussion. Anytime there is head trauma, concussion is a potential. Often, however, other injuries may be perceived with greater urgency and treatment following a trauma, such as lacerations, broken bones or otherwise. The symptoms of head trauma may become of concern later, and litigation may ensue. How do the experts scientifically diagnose head injury and what post-injury complaints are potentially suggestive of developing problems?
    
12:00 – 12:30 pm    
Lunch (Provided) 

Grand Ballrooms 1 & 2
Convention Level
        
NAWCJ Annual Business Meeting
    
Honorable Jennifer Hopens
NAWCJ President
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Austin, TX
    
12:30 – 1:00 pm    
Kids’ Chance

    
Introduction of Speaker:
Honorable Jennifer Hopens 
NAWCJ President
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Austin, TX
    
Speaker:    
Ann Bishop, Attorney
Sponsler, Bishop, Koren & Hammer, PA 
Board member, Past-President, Kids’ Chance of America
Kids’ Chance of Georgia
Atlanta, GA

Ms. Bishop will discuss the workers’ compensation judges’ role in supporting the legal community’s involvement in “Kids’ Chance,” a national charitable organization devoted to providing financial assistance toward the education of children of injured workers.
    
1:00 – 1:10 pm    
Break
    
1:10 – 2:00 pm    
Unnecessary Surgery, Compound Medication, Pain Management 

    
Introduction of Panel:
Honorable Sheral Kellar 
Louisiana Workforce Commission
Baton Rouge, LA
    
Panel:
Rosalee Faris, RN, BSN, CCM, COHN-S
Senior Vice President/Workers’ Compensation/Managed Care
Occupational Managed Care Alliance, Inc.        
Louisville, KY    

Dr. Robert Snyder
Medical Director
Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Nashville, TN

Dr. Robert Murrah
Murrah Orthopedics
Orlando, FL

Judges are frequently asked to approve, or disapprove, recommended medical treatment. Sometimes, the efficacy of the recommended treatment, its “experimental” nature, or its approval by the FDA may be in question. This panel will address judges' common concerns and provide objective information about medical decision-making and when or whether a particular procedure, treatment regimen, or compounded drug is medically appropriate.
    
2:00 – 2:10 pm    
Break
    
2:10 – 5:00 pm    
Advanced Judicial Writing

Introduction of Speaker:
Honorable Melodie Belcher    
Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation 
Atlanta, GA
    
Speaker:
Professor Wayne C. Schiess
Director - The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy
University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Judicial writing is a skill, and challenges exist in writing effective orders. Professor Schiess will provide an advanced perspective on how judges can and should write more efficiently and effectively. This program will be informative and sometimes humorous. Attendance at this session will provide attendees valuable tools to enhance their legal writing skills.

(There will be a ten minute break each hour, 3:00-3:10 and 4:00-4:10). 

 

 

 

Registration Is Required To Attend The National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College. You Must Be An Adjudicator or Regulator To Attend.

Visit the National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary, Inc. website for more information.