Wednesday, August 22, 2018
9:00 – 12:15 pm
Crystal Ballroom C
(Entrance to G2)
Independent Medical Practice Consultant
Fort Lauderdale, FL
9:00 – 10:00 am
Preventing Prolonged Disability By Addressing Psychosocial Barriers
Marcos A. Iglesias, MD, MMM, FAAFP, FACOEM
Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
Broadspire, A Crawford Company
Brought back by popular demand this is Part II of last year’s program! Using a biopsychosocial approach, we will discuss the most common causes of delayed recovery. By learning approaches and techniques to identify delayed recovery risk factors, employers and claim professionals can identify which claimants are at risk. We will also learn effective solutions to address these risk factors, with the ultimate aim of restoring lives by preventing or mitigating delayed recovery.
10:00 – 10:15 am
10:15 – 11:15 am
Telemedicine: How Technology Can Improve Access To Care And Decrease Cost
Vice President Telemedicine Operations
Cori Repp, MD
Florida Director of Medical Operations
If a manufacturing employee injured himself or herself while working an overnight shift, the only option may be to visit an emergency department for evaluation. Or, if a truck driver sustains an injury while on the road, the closest clinic may be at a remote location miles away. New technology has created a safety net for non-emergent workers’ compensation injuries. Under those examples, telemedicine would prove to be an advantageous resource for immediate assessment. Imagine the cost savings if the carrier implemented an intake physician able to immediately assess and recommend treatment. Treatment time and case resolution could drastically decrease. Let’s discuss the most cost-effective and quality-driven utilization of telemedicine.
11:15 – 12:15 pm
Diagnosing the Source of pain
Ira Fox, MD, DABPM, FIPP, ABIPP
Anesthesia Pain Consultants
The human cost and financial impact of a misdiagnosis is staggering. Did you know most Americans will experience a diagnostic error at least once in their lifetime? These errors cause an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 patient deaths per year! Diagnostic errors and other inefficiencies cost the U.S. economy $750 billion each year. This session seeks to provide you with insights to diagnosing the source of pain from an expert with over 25 years of experience in treating those who suffer pain. Injured employees who receive a serious diagnosis or a recommendation to undergo surgery should consider a second opinion from a specialist. This expert opinion will serve to confirm a preliminary diagnosis and treatment plan or suggest a more appropriate and sometimes less invasive treatment which can have the most significant impact on optimizing outcomes.