Tuesday, August 8, 2017

First Responder Heart and Hypertension Claims

1:00 – 5:15 pm    
Crystal Ballroom H
Convention Level
    
1:00 – 3:00 pm    
The Current State of Law & Medicine

    
Moderator:
Michael Broussard, Attorney
Broussard & Cullen, PA
Orlando, FL
    
Panel:
Karen Cullen, Attorney
Broussard & Cullen, PA
Orlando, FL

Tonya Oliver, Attorney
Bichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC
Tampa, FL
    
Michael Nocero, MD, FACC, MACC
Cardiologist
Central Florida Cardiology Group
Orlando, FL
    
Leonard Pianko, MD
Cardiologist
Aventura Cardiology
Aventura, FL
    
Honorable Thomas Sculco
Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Orlando, FL

A returning favorite, this session offers adjusters, risk managers, and attorneys specializing in first responder claims the necessary information to appropriately handle such cases. Recent decisions concerning both medical and judicial developments will be discussed.

3:00 – 3:15 pm    
Break
    
3:15 – 5:15 pm    
Presumption Claims: Workers’ Compensation Or Wellness Issue

    
Moderator:
Michael Broussard, Attorney
Broussard & Cullen, PA
Orlando, FL
    
Panel:
Karen Cullen, Attorney
Broussard & Cullen, PA
Orlando, FL
    
John Petrelli
Director of Risk Management and Professional Standards
Orange County Government
Orlando, FL
    
Georgene Rye
Assistant Director of Human Resources
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Orlando, FL
    
David Perloff, MD
Cardiologist
Broward Health
Fort Lauderdale, FL
    
Michael Cofresi 
Union Representative
Hialeah Fire Rescue
Hialeah, FL

Following a discussion of the elements that must be proven for entitlement to presumption claims, attendees will hear from a cardiologist regarding the complex medical issues that presumption claims present. The doctor will focus on (1) what constitutes “heart disease”; (2) what is considered evidence of hypertension on a pre-employment physical; (3) risk factors and rebuttal of the presumption with a focus on epidemiological studies; (4) application of the reverse presumption; and (5) discussion of the impairment guides. The discussion will include practical considerations from the risk manager and assistant director of human resources in regards to comparative costs, secondary costs, and early intervention benefits through wellness programs and consistent access to information. The audience will also hear from a union representative regarding the employee perspective.