Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 National Workers' Compensation Regulators College (Day 2)

Presented by The Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation
Administrators and The Self-Insurance Guaranty Funds of America

 

Registration Is Required To Attend The 2017 National Workers’ Compensation Regulators College. You Must Be A State Regulator, Official or Legislator To Attend.

Visit the SAWCA website for more information.

 

8:00 – 9:00 am    
Registration / Information / Continental Breakfast
    
9:00 – 4:30 pm    
Hall of Cities - New York & New Orleans 
Convention Level
    
College Deans:
Honorable Deneise Lott
Senior Administrative Law Judge
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission
Jackson, MS
    
Honorable R. Karl Aumann
Chair
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission
Baltimore, MD
    
9:00 – 10:15 am    
Top 10 Medical Issues Impacting State Systems

    
Presenters:     
Dr. Lori Wasserburger
Medical Director
Division of Workers’ Compensation, Texas Department of Insurance
Austin, TX
    
Paul Tauriello
Director
Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation
Denver, CO

Medical issues and their related costs have grown over the past 20 years. They now represent the majority of every dollar spent on workers’ compensation. Effectively managing the most significant issues can mean the difference between a system that appropriately responds to the needs of the injured workers and a system out of control. Topics to be discussed include: treatment delay, new technology, telemedicine, medical fee schedules, formulary, physician dispensing, PBM’s, opioids, medical marijuana, and various legal issues including medical fee disputes.
    
10:15 – 10:30 am    
Morning Refreshment Break
    
10:30 – 11:45 am     
Self Insured Guaranty Funds & Bankruptcies

    
Moderator:     
Gary Davis
Kentucky Coal Employers Self-Insurance Guaranty Fund
Lexington, KY
    
Panelists:     
Honorable Jack Reale
Georgia Self-Insurers Guaranty Trust Fund
Atlanta, GA
    
Brian Gee
Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association, Inc.
Tallahassee, FL

Charles Hough
Alabama Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers Guaranty Association
Decatur, AL

This panel discusses an overview of the challenges, responsibilities, and issues of administering individual self-insured guaranty funds. Topics to be discussed include reserving, types of security, and amounts, importance of specific excess and aggregate stop-loss insurance, employer and carrier defaults, distinctions between self-insurance guaranty funds and the property & casualty insurance guaranty associations, and the growing intrusion by Federal Bankruptcy Courts as it relates to posted security. 
    
11:45 – 1:00 pm    
Lunch Provided 
    
1:00 – 2:00 pm     
Identifying & Alleviating Friction In The System

    
Presenters:     
Honorable Frank R. McKay
Chairman
Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Atlanta, GA

Robert D. Stokes, Attorney
Flahive, Ogden & Latson
Austin, TX 

This discussion will focus on issues that work against the creation and operation of an efficient, responsive, and economically sustainable workers’ compensation program. Particular emphasis will be placed on initiatives and options that might be used to combat the “friction in the system.”
    
2:00 – 2:45 pm     
EDI – Summary & Update

    
Presenter:     
Gregg Lutz
Director
Standards Development and Outreach, IAIABC
Middleton, WI

The purpose of this discussion is to provide an update on EDI, where the states are in their use of various versions, and focus on what is new and what we can expect in the future. 
    
2:45 – 3:00 pm    
Afternoon Refreshment Break
    
3:00 – 4:00 pm    
Employer Non-Compliance

    
Presenters: 
Andrew Sabolic
Assistant Director
Division of Workers’ Compensation
Department of Financial Services
Tallahassee, FL
    
Susan Schulte
Deptartment of Labor Focus Lead
NCCI
Boca Raton, FL

Andrew Sabolic will summarize the enforcement initiatives used by Florida to encourage compliance, sharing “tools of the trade,” and Susan Schulte will explain the importance of adequate and correct reporting by employers, carriers, and TPA’s and how it all fits to create a level playing field for all employers.
    
4:00 – 4:30 pm    
Developing Tools, Resources, & Networks

    
Presenters:     
Honorable Deneise Lott
Senior Administrative Law Judge
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission
Jackson, MS
    
Honorable R. Karl Aumann
Chair
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission
Baltimore, MD

This final session will provide an overview of the various national, regional, and statewide associations that exist to support the workers’ compensation industry and resources that can provide information benchmarking from your state to others. The program will conclude with an open discussion on workers’ compensation issues.

 

 

Registration Is Required To Attend The 2017 National Workers’ Compensation Regulators College. You Must Be A State Regulator, Official or Legislator To Attend.

Visit the SAWCA website for more information.