Monday, August 7, 2017

National Trends in Workers’ Compensation (Day 1)

1:00 – 3:15 pm    
Grand Ballroom 8B                    
Convention Level
(Entrance through corridor between Grand Ballrooms 7 & 8)

(Day 2 of this program is on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 beginning at 9:45 am in Grand Ballroom 8B.)

1:00 – 2:00 pm     
Making the “Me” Generation Work for You – Millenials in the Workplace and on the Jury

Mark Siciliano
Vice President & Managing Director
Helmsman Management Services
Atlanta, GA

Teresa V. Elkins
Risk Manager
Arlington County Virginia
Vienna, VA

Victoria Luna, Attorney
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP
Orlando, FL

Twenty-four percent of the US labor force is poised to retire in the next 10 years. Fifty percent of the US workforce is 45+. Over the next few decades, companies will face tremendous turnover in teams and management. The evolving physical workplace and different attitudes among younger employees will cause substantial changes. Join us to see how the industry meets this challenge head-on through a Strategic Workforce Planning Initiative that reframes how we recruit and manage talent to achieve higher levels of engagement and retention. Our panel of experts will share their experiences and what has been learned about attracting talent to employment and navigating tough legal waters to positively impact claim outcomes. See how innovative employment programs, retention tools, leadership development and unique litigation claim strategies can assist in this new and ever-changing human demographic.
2:00 – 2:15 pm    
2:15 – 3:15 pm    
When Good Shoulders Go Bad: A Step By Step Guide To Better Outcomes

Mary O’Donoghue, RN
Chief Clinical and Product Officer
King of Prussia, PA 


Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical Director
Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation
Denver, CO 
Jonathan Nutt
Head of Business Operations, Medical Management Services
New York, NY 

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Clear communication between the referring physician, the interpreting radiologist, the orthopedic surgeon and the physical therapist are critical in order to walk the fine line between unnecessary surgery and the irreversible adverse changes associated with prolonged nonsurgical care. During this session, you will learn about the top three pitfalls in radiologic interpretation for rotator cuff tears that lead to unnecessary surgery, the danger signs that physical therapists and claims professionals need to catch and communicate before it’s too late, and the latest research on conservative care options – are they effective or dangerous?