Tuesday, August 8, 2017

National Trends in Workers’ Compensation (Day 2)

9:45 – 4:15 pm    
Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level
    
9:45 – 11:00 am    
Winning Strategies for Workers’ Compensation Risk Management

    
Moderator:
Shawn Moynihan
Editor-In-Chief
National Underwriter Property & Casualty
ALM Media
New York, NY
    
Panel:
The three winners of National Underwriter P&C’s Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Award

Sponsored by National Underwriter, Safety National and Sedgwick

Developing an effective workers’ compensation program is a team effort, one that involves several perspectives all focused on the same goal: a beneficial outcome for all parties. With this in mind, National Underwriter Property & Casualty magazine, Safety National, and Sedgwick present the three winners of the 2017 Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Award, all of whom will share the secrets of their successful, award-winning programs. Come and learn how these three individuals achieve major cost savings through their risk-mitigation efforts and mindful, ever-evolving strategies. 
    
11:00 – 11:15 am    
Break
    
11:15 – 12:15 pm     
What’s Right With Workers’ Compensation – Follow Up on The Image of Workers’ Compensation

    
This National Trends In Workers’ Compensation session is a joint undertaking with the National Workers’ Compensation Review.
    
Panel:
Darrell Brown
Chief Claim Officer
Sedgwick
Long Beach, CA

Brian Allen
Vice President of Governmental Affairs
Optum
Salt Lake City, UT

Andy Condrey
Claims Operations Manager
The Gray Insurance Co.
Metarie, LA
    
Pat Hiles
VP National Insurance Claims
Liberty Mutual
St. Louis, MO

Workers’ compensation is a positive change-agent in the claims arena and beyond. Despite this, the workers’ compensation system is under attack. Politicians and the national news media are vocal critics of employers and their carriers, providing a biased and jaded perspective on the system. While there are certainly problems with the system, there is more good news than bad news in the system, which is a demonstrably successful benefit delivery vehicle. The system has also proven to be a successful change-agent, promoting much needed reform, particularly in the areas of medicine, safety, and rehabilitation. The panelists will address the areas of workers’ compensation that are working well and the initiatives being championed by the workers’ compensation industry to promote meaningful change in such areas as diversity and legislative reform.
    
12:15 – 1:15 pm    
Lunch (on your own)

Purchase lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Visit the “Comp Time” Diner... grab & go, or sit and network with clients and exhibitors!
    
1:15 – 2:15 pm    
Opioids and Pain Management in Workers’ Compensation

    
Moderator:
David L. Anderson, ATP
Vice President of Operations
Orchid Medical
Casselberry, FL
    
Panel:
Silvia Sacalis, BS, PharmD
Vice President of Clinical Services
Healthesystems
Tampa, FL

Gary Saff, MD
Founder
Integrated Pain Solutions
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Tammy Martin, CWCL
Tampa, FL

Opioids are a very powerful and important tool that allow injured workers to deal with pain following an injury. However, if their use is not managed properly, there can be severe and lasting effects for the patient, employer, and workers’ compensation carrier. Among the topics to be covered will be the guidelines for prescribing opioids, length of prescription, proper compliance monitoring, and dealing with addiction. This discussion will bring together ideas from the pharmacy, physician, employer, and claims perspectives. 
    
2:15 – 3:15 pm    
Emerging Trends in Return-to-Work

    
Moderator:
Frances Ford
Co-Founder
ReEmployAbility
Tampa, FL
    
Panel:
Nathan Hughes
Director of Risk Management
Safelite Group
Columbus, OH
    
Jodie Massingill
Senior Manager of Casualty Claims
Sysco Corporation
Houston, TX
    
Patricia Rodriguez
Return-to-Work Specialist
Crum & Forster
Orange, CA

Risk Managers often struggle to find ways to keep workers’ compensation costs to a minimum while providing for injured workers. They seek new ideas in an effort to stay ahead of the curve and to keep a competitive edge. Establishing an effective return-to-work program is widely accepted as one of the most significant cost-saving measures for managing employees’ workers’ compensation injuries. Research supports that returning employees to work through transitional duty not only provides cost containment, but it can also help reduce the incidence of depression, improve worker morale, and promote physical well-being. This panel discussion will review trends in return-to-work program administration with an emphasis on providing strategies to help employers return injured employees to productive work quickly. Employer and insurance examples will demonstrate results achieved with incorporating alternative transitional duty in the return-to-work program. 

3:15 – 4:15 pm    
Effective Onsite Medical Programs 

    
Panel:
Nure Khoury, MD 
Crew Medical Manager
Carnival Cruise Lines
Miami, FL
    
Jaime Sigurdsson, CEAS
Director of Workers’ Compensation
CORA Health Services, Inc.
Orlando, FL
    
Suzanne Mayberry
Associate Leave Manager
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
Deerfield Beach, FL

Imagine any line of work that involves a significantly high level of manual labor: manufacturing, construction or hotels. Even cruise lines face skyrocketing costs associated with workers’ compensation claims, from medical bills to lost productivity to the emotional toll that an accident takes on injured employees. Now imagine how much these organizations would benefit from avoiding or properly managing injuries in the first place. This is a rare opportunity to learn from leading experts in onsite therapy and to bring home actionable strategies to better your business.