Tuesday, August 8, 2017

National Workers’ Compensation Review - Tenth Annual (Day 2)

9:30 – 5:15 pm    
Crystal Ballroom M and Grand Ballrooms 8A & 8B     
Convention Level
Co-Chairs, National Workers’ Compensation Review:
William E. Pipkin, Jr., Attorney
Austill, Lewis, Pipkin & Maddox
Mobile, AL
H. George Kagan, Attorney
West Palm Beach, FL
James M. Anderson, Attorney
Anderson Crawley & Burke
Jackson, MS
9:30 – 11:00 am    
The Grand Bargain or Contract of Adhesion: The Ongoing Debate Over Benefit Adequacy, Procedural Efficacy and Blanket Immunity In Workers’ Compensation

This National Workers’ Compensation Review session is a joint undertaking with the Breakout for Attorneys.
It will be held in Crystal Ballroom M rather than in Grand Ballroom 8A.
Crystal Ballroom M
Convention Level
(Entrance to J2)
Paolo Longo, Attorney
Bichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC
Maitland, FL
Michael C. Duff
Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Wyoming College of Law
Laramie, WY
Honorable David J. Langham
Deputy Chief Judge
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Tallahassee, FL
Robert H. Wilson
Sarasota, FL
H. George Kagan, Attorney
West Palm Beach, FL

This breakout will explore the national debate over the current state of workers’ compensation law with a focus on “The Grand Bargain,” the implicit requirement of benefit adequacy, and employer immunity. The panel will discuss court decisions nationwide, finding state statutes unconstitutional. Our remarkable panel includes: the preeminent workers’ compensation scholar Professor Michael Duff; Bob Wilson of Workerscompensation.com and “Cluttered desk” fame; legendary voice of the defense bar George Kagan; and Deputy Chief Judge of the Florida Office of Compensation Claims, David Langham. The panel will discuss what they consider to be the minimal requirements for a workers’ compensation act to pass constitutional muster as an exclusive remedy. 
11:00 – 11:15 am    

Transition to Grand Ballroom 8A & 8B
11:15 – 12:15 pm     
What’s Right With Workers’ Compensation – Follow Up on The Image of Workers’ Compensation

This National Workers’ Compensation Review session is a joint undertaking with the National Trends in Workers’ Compensation Breakout.
Grand Ballroom 8B
Convention Level
Darrell Brown
Chief Claim Officer
Long Beach, CA
Brian Allen
Vice President of Governmental Affairs
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 a 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 which 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!

Transition to Grand Ballroom 8A    
1:15 – 2:15 pm    
Ultimate Bloggers Panel: Hottest Topics and Next Trends: 2017 Edition 

Grand Ballroom 8A    
Convention Level
Bob Wilson
Sarasota, FL
Mark Walls
Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis
Safety National
Chicago, IL
Mark Pew
Senior Vice President
Duluth, GA

Our panelists are active participants in and critical observers of the system we call workers’ compensation. They write national blogs which are followed daily by those in our industry who want to keep up with the important events and trends influencing our part of the claims world. They read the tea leaves about what is coming for employers, payers, providers, vendors, and lawyers – all centered around the injured employee.

Hear about changes in the political winds, including any overhaul of the Affordable Care Act. Hear how the new administration in Washington is likely to impact the attitude and policies of the Department of Labor and OSHA toward workers’ compensation. Follow the unfolding saga of attacks on exclusivity and the constitutionality of workers’ compensation laws nationwide. Our colorful and engaging panelists will keep you entertained with their nationally recognized insight on important current events and trends which may or may not be on your radar.
2:15 – 3:15 pm    
The Rising Costs of Workers’ Compensation Tail Claims

This National Workers’ Compensation Review session is a joint undertaking with The Center for Excellence Breakout.

Grand Ballroom 8A    
Convention Level
Matthew Cohen
VP Client Services
Sedgwick CMS
Waxhaw, NC
Stephen Peacock
Vice President Claims
Safety National
St. Louis, MO
Dave Colon
Associate Actuary
Boca Raton, FL

One of the things that makes workers’ compensation such a challenge for employers and carriers is the long-tail nature of the claims. This long tail means that premiums collected today must cover losses for years to come. The rising costs of these tail claims has a significant impact on both carriers and employers in terms of cost of insurance today and future reserves. This session discusses the financial impact of these growing liabilities on industry and provides strategies for reducing them. 
3:15 – 4:15 pm    
Kentucky Opioid Program

Grand Ballroom 8A    
Convention Level


Michelle Landers
Vice President & General Counsel
Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance Company
Lexington, KY
Kasi Egbert, RN
Case Manager
Ascential Care
Louisville, KY

Hear details about a program that has successfully addressed the opioid problem. The panelists will also address looming issues with opioids and drug plans explaining why approaches and methods used in the past may not be the best choice currently or in the future.
4:15 – 5:15 pm    
Faith Based Ethics: Perspectives on Faith in the Workplace

Grand Ballroom 8A    
Convention Level

Joshua Neely
Orlando, FL
Glenn Backus
Alternative Service Concepts
Nashville, TN

H. George Kagan, Attorney
West Palm Beach, FL
William E. Pipkin, Jr., Attorney
Austill, Lewis, Pipkin & Maddox
Mobile, AL

Now in our sixth year of bringing you faith-based ethics presentations, we will build on last year’s “servant leadership” presentation. Panelists discuss using faith and faith-based principles for workers’ compensation crisis management. They offer specific examples of what works and what doesn’t in addressing the momentous but also inherently delicate area of faith in the workplace, especially in the realm of catastrophic injury and disability. They discuss the influence of Biblical and related faith-based teachings and principals and how these can enhance crisis management and claims handling.