Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Return-to-Work Breakout:
Collaboration: Return-To-Work Is The Antidote To Unconstitutionality 

It is no longer about building a team. Anyone can build a team of people who have the same mission statement – but not everyone can build a group that collaborates around a single mission. The theme of this year’s program is learning how to collaborate and understand the inner workings of the return-to-work process and connecting that mission to measurable actions. We must ask ourselves, what are we doing right and who can we add to our team to make it better? We will focus on the delivery system and tying everything to human resource best practices. At the end of the day, you hired the person who got injured – we will show you how to utilize a collaborative approach to help them stay at work successfully. 
    
7:45 – 12:00 pm    
Crystal Ballroom H
Convention Level
    
7:45 am    
Continental Breakfast 

Sponsored By: CompEquip Solutions and Seltzer & Associates

7:45 – 8:00 am    
Welcome and Introductions

    
Moderator:
Maxine Topper
Executive Vice President
Physicians Health Centers, Inc.
Miami, FL
    
8:00 – 9:00 am     
Building a Collaborative Team that Connects HR, Occupational Medicine, Adjusters, and the Changing Workers’ Compensation Laws

    
Panel:
Margaret Spence
President and Chief Strategist
Douglas Claims & Risk Consultants, Inc. 
West Palm Beach, FL
    
Rosa Royo
Director of Workers’ Compensation
Miami Dade County Public Schools
Miami, FL
    
Maxine Topper
Executive Vice President
Physicians Health Center, Inc.
Miami, FL

What does it mean to become collaborative and to understand the difference between having a RTW team and actually producing tangible results? This session will focus on building a team starting on day one. How do you select the initial treatment provider? Why this is the make or break decision? We will also zero in on the team concept: case management, benchmarking, adjusters, and internal teams that support the return-to-work program. 
    
9:00 – 10:00 am    
Employers Prospective on Return to Work: How do You Build a Results Driven Integrated Disability Management Team? 

    
Speaker:
Adrienne Paler
Director, Integrated Disability and Absence Management
Sutter Health (formerly with Amazon)
Sacramento, CA

More than ever, employers are asked to support employees in their return-to-work, with or without restrictions and accommodations. Establishing a results-driven organization with a common focus on experience and outcomes is the goal of this session. We will discuss the following:

•Overcoming blocks and barriers for successful delivery;
•Defining and reporting meaningful metrics you can actually measure; and
•Success stories and data. 
    
10:00 – 11:00 am    
Seaboard: Building an Organization-Wide Best in Class Workers’ Compensation Program – Focus on State Workers’ Compensation and Longshore 

    
Moderator: 
Margaret Spence
President and Chief Strategist
Douglas Claims & Risk Consultants, Inc. 
West Palm Beach, FL
    
Panel:
Greg Mangan
Director of Safety, Health & Employee Benefits
Seaboard Foods
Shawnee Mission, KS
    
Dorothy Riviere, PT, CPS, FAFS
Vice-President Product Management
Bardavon Health Innovations
Overland Park, KS
    
Matthew Condon, J.D./MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Bardavon Health Innovations
Overland Park, KS
    
Rosa Iglesias
Human Resources Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager 
Seaboard Marine LTD
Miami, FL

Our panel will focus on two areas: 
•Are zero lost work days possible? Adding key performance indicators to your return-to-work program and linking physical therapy outcome to RTW excellence.
•How do you manage return-to-work in a Longshore environment?
    
11:00 – 12:00 pm    
Return-to-Work Best Practices

As part of partnership with The Center for Excellence, Kimberly George and Mark Walls bring us another live version of their popular “Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark” educational series, leading a panel of experts who will discuss return-to-work best practices including some of the trends and challenges associated with leave of absence and accommodation laws and how they apply to workers’ compensation.
    
Moderators:
Kimberly George
SVP of Corporate Development, M&A and Healthcare
Sedgwick CMS
Chicago, IL
    
Mark Walls
Vice President, Communications & Strategic Analysis
Safety National
Chicago, IL

Panel:
Adrienne Paler
Director, Integrated Disability and Absence Management
Sutter Health (formerly with Amazon)
Sacramento, CA

Patti Colwell
Workers’ Compensation Program Manager
Southwest Airlines
Dallas, TX

Bryon Bass
SVP, Disability and Absence Practice and Compliance 
Sedgwick CMS
Albuquerque, NM

Employment laws related to leave of absence and accommodation also apply to workers’ compensation claims, adding another layer of complexity to an already challenging situation. It is critical for workers’ compensation payers to understand the nuances of federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in addition to developing a plan to work closely with employers to protect them from compliance fines, penalties, and lawsuits.