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

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

8:50 – 11:40 am
Hall of Cities – New York & New Orleans
Convention Level

8:50 – 9:00 am
Announcements and Updates

Honorable Bruce Moore
Kansas Department of Labor, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Salina, KS

9:00 – 9:50 am
Primer on Medicare Set Asides at Settlement – What Judges and Mediators Need to Know

Introduction of Speaker:
Honorable Wesley Marshall
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
Richmond, VA

Rafael Gonzalez, Attorney
Tampa, FL

When an injured worker is a current Medicare beneficiary, and wants to settle the case, workers’ compensation judges and mediators need to know what Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) issues are critical. This program will focus on the questions to ask of the injured worker, employer, carrier, and attorneys. There will be a variety of scenarios used to illustrate the MSP components that must be considered, from mandatory reporting, to reimbursement of conditional payments, to set-aside allocations.

9:50 – 10:00 am

10:00 – 11:40 am
Technology in the Courtroom

Introduction of Panel:
Honorable Melodie L. Belcher
Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Atlanta, GA

Honorable Lee Wilder
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
Richmond, VA

Michael Wapnick
Court Call
Los Angeles, CA

And now for something completely different – less dogmatic and more practical. We’re all being asked to adapt to new systems in what seems to be a universal and accelerating move to the cloud. Often, we adjudicators are left to our own devices to make that transition. Some of us find technology intimidating and foreign, while others see the new opportunities presented and are excited by technological innovation. To round out our Judiciary College in 2018, we offer glimpses at relatively new and easy-to-use technology already in use in some workers’ compensation adjudicatory systems, but which may be completely foreign to others. Michael Wapnick of CourtCall will demonstrate “tele-justice,” the opportunity to conduct hearings via videoconferencing, without the expense of special software or hardware. Deputy Commissioner Lee Wilder will demonstrate voice recognition software, and show us how we can save time and effort operating our computers and composing our decisions by voice. Attendees will enjoy a stress-free introduction to these technologies, and gain insights into the practical benefits that they offer to adjudicators.

8:30 – 3:15 pm
Conference on Multi-State Workers’ Compensation Laws
Grand Ballroom 7A
Convention Level

Sponsored by the Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute, this program provides insight and edification about the inner workings of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. This program features employers, attorneys, claims handlers and state administrators from the different states discussing the significant developments and distinctions of their respective jurisdictions.