Monday, August 20, 2018

1:00 – 3:15 pm
Grand Ballroom 8A
Convention Level

(Day 2 of this program is on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 beginning at 9:45 am in Grand Ballroom 8A.)

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Comp Wars: MSAs Strike Back

Janet Coffey
Risk & Claims Manager
The Michael’s Companies
Irving, TX

Denise Evans
Director, Workers’ Compensation Claims
Cincinnati, OH

Courtney Whistler
Sharpline Allocations
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Cat Pittet
Claims Consultant
Lockton Companies
Dallas, TX

Rafal Dobek, Attorney
Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd.
Chicago, IL

Jean Brajuha, MHS, CRC, CCM
Vice President, Operations
Restore Rehabilitation, LLC
Owings Mills, MD

Navigating workers’ compensation claims is as painful as finding out your father is Darth Vader. However, with the advent of MSAs, strategic planning and proper handling of workers’ compensation claims is paramount to avoid the pitfalls and complexities associated with Medicare regulations. Join us for a roundtable discussion and presentation with our comprehensive panel of experts in risk and claims management, Medicare compliance, case management, and the law, to share their personal claim experiences and insights. This presentation is designed to teach how MSA exposure can be addressed from the beginning of a claim through the involvement of your defense counsel and risk management professional. Expand your knowledge of how to manage a claim and learn how you can partner with your Medicare vendor to better direct current care to save on future medical costs. This panel will also discuss various obstacles to closure of claims, implementing internal risk management strategies to tackle the aging workforce, and ways to reduce medical cost exposure prior to the preparation of an MSA.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

2:15 – 3:15 pm
Workers’ Compensation Care: Through the Lens of a Camera

Arlene Guzik, DNP, ARNP-BC
Director of Occupational Medicine
BayCare Urgent Care | BayCare Health System
Clearwater, FL

Nathan Keith Waldrep, MD
Director of Physician Services
BayCare Urgent Care | BayCare Health System
Clearwater, FL

Christopher T. Lee, MD, MSPH
Medical Director – Occupational Medicine
BayCare Urgent Care | BayCare Health System
Clearwater, FL

Warren K. Sponsler, Attorney
Sponsler, Bishop, Koren & Hammer, PA
Tampa, FL

Susan Theis
Commercial Risk Management, Inc.
Tampa, FL

Through the evolution of telehealth, workers’ compensation medical providers are using breakthrough technology for conducting remote medical visits and examinations. These examinations can now closely replicate an in-office visit. Hear how telehealth has improved the efficiency of linking an injured worker with a healthcare provider. Learn how collaborative visits with an occupational medicine specialist can be accomplished. Allow us to share how the use of telehealth visits can reduce costly emergency room visits. Our panel of experts will share best practices and varied perspectives from the view of the medical provider, the workers’ compensation carrier, the attorney, and the employer.