Full Conference Schedule
as of 4.6.17
(subject to change)

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. Welcome Remarks

Stu Thompson, Chairman
SIIA Workers’ Comp Committee
1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Medicare Secondary Payer Under Trump
This session will explore the current state of affairs with the ongoing implementation of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act under the Trump Administration. As fraud, waste and abuse programs increase, what can we expect on the management of conditional payments, MSAs and data reporting. The session will close on the SPARC legislation and what relief the industry could expect from its swift action by Congress.


Roy Franco
Chief Client Officer
Franco Signor, LLC
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Why Current Medical Management Strategies are Failing…and What to Do About It.
Over the past 20 years there has been a steady decline in the number of work-related injuries. However, during that same time period the cost per claim and medical costs have risen at unacceptable rates. There has been an unprecedented increase in surgeries, opioid addictions, and chronic pain cases. We will explore the reasons for these trends by looking at the latest research and data. We will identify the why behind failed strategies and more importantly what the data and research point to as solutions. We will present a model that is designed to put control in your hands and drive the system based on relevant research and data.


Matt Condon, JD
Bardavon Health Innovations

Jeff Hathaway, DPT
Confluent Health
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pharmacy Formulary: A Tale of Two States.
Texas has successfully implemented and studied their pharmacy formulary while Louisiana is in the middle of an intense state-wide legal campaign over physician dispensing and choice of pharmacy. Texas will discuss the highlights of it’s most recent report on the success of it’s pharmacy program. State Representative Chris Broadwater of Louisiana, who is also the former Director of the Office of Workers’ Comp, will address Louisiana’s numerous efforts to address pharmacy from his perspective as a former regulator, and now legislative proponent.


Chris Broadwater
House of Representatives
State of Louisiana

Matthew Zurek
Deputy Commissioner - DWC
Texas Department of Insurance
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Team Management of Complex Workers’ Compensation Claims
Complex workers’ compensation claims have unique challenges for the claimant and for the claims professionals working with them. These types of claims are often catastrophic in nature and require a high level of expertise and coordination to achieve the best possible outcomes. Team management of complex claims provides a more holistic approach to restore function and quality of life for the claimant. Join us for an informative session to learn how team management can drive the best clinical outcome for the injured worker and how optimal outcomes also translate into cost savings for the insurer.


Dr. Fernando Branco
Medical Director
Midwest Employers Casualty Company

Steven Moscowitz, MD
Senior Medical Director
Paradigm Outcomes
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Wednesday, May 17, 2016
7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Does Work Comp Need Federal oversight?
There has been and will continue to be conversation whether the “grand bargain” is still an active consideration in Workers’ Compensation. That has led some to opine that federalization, whether by takeover or motivational standards, is required. This panel will discuss the pros and cons of those conversations, the coordination of efforts nationally, the likelihood that anything will happen, and whether anything really does need to change.


Charles R. Davoli
Past President, Attorney At Law
Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG)

Wayne Goodwin
Former Commissioner
North Carolina Department of Insurance

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Practical Use of Analytics in Underwriting and Claims
Are you considering using analytics in underwriting or claims or both? This session with cover the implementation process of two SIGs who have been using analytics for over two years. They will explain the decision to go forward with analytics, how the implementation was perceived by staff, the refinements that were made, and the results.


Stu Thompson
The Builders Group

Mike Zucco
Director of Program Development
Alabama Self-Insured Workers' Comp Fund
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Why Your Mobile Workforce is Driving Up Your Exposure
Five seconds is the average time an individual’s eyes are taken off the road to text or read an e-mail. When traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. Distracted driving is emerging as a major cause of work-related vehicle accidents. Some are even referring to it as an “epidemic” because it continues to increase as technology advances and the amount of devices that help us multi-task become more prevalent. When an employee is involved in an accident during work-related travel, unique workers’ compensation and liability exposures arise for the employer. This session will explain the various risks related to having a mobile workforce and explore strategies for accident prevention.


Kimble Coaker
AL Trucking Association Fund

Matt McDonough
Senior Risk Control Manager
Safety National

Stu Thompson
The Builders Group
11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ask OSHA – The New Reporting Rule for 2017
In an effort to encourage employers to focus on safety, OSHA will begin publicly sharing some worker injury and illness data in 2017. Under the new rule, many employers need to begin submitting electronic 300 (OSHA log,) 300A (Log Summary, and/or 301 (injury/illness incident reports) by July 1, 2017. The final reporting rule supports an employee’s ability to report work-related injuries without fear of retaliation.


Billie A. Kizer, MPH, CSP
Compliance Officer, Southeast Division
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Department of Labor
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hosted Luncheon
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion on Advancements in Medical Management that Lead to Prompter Care and Improved Outcomes
In this session, panelists will explore the impact / effectiveness of various advancements in medical management to deliver superior outcomes for employers and injured employees. We will focus on advancements in data and technology that will improve the timely access to care, compliance to treatment guidelines and financial incentives to reduce the total cost of care.


Niel Simon
Senior VP of Strategic Partnerships and Managed Care
Gallagher Bassett Services Inc.

Keith Lavin
Senior Director Sales & Marketing, Corporate Care
RWJ Barnabas Health

David Abbene
US Practice Leader and Managing Director
Marsh Risk Consulting

Additional speaker to be announced
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Employsmart
Worker Compensation costs are on the rise and a bulk of those costs come from newly hired employees who have pre-existing injuries and/or are not physically able to handle the job requirements leading to injuries. This session will discuss the risk management strategy of developing an informed hiring program including post-offer/pre-hire physical testing. Informed hiring provides a organization with information about an applicant’s ability to perform the essential physical job functions based on objective data, rather than subjective data, thus assisting to reduce the risk and cost of injuries to new employees.


Megan Coville, MS, OTR/L
Risk Management Consultant

Chris Mason, Esq.
Executive Vice President
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Is Marijuana Medicinal?
While states have overwhelmingly decided that cannabis (marijuana) can be used for medical purposes – as of November 8, 2016 the total is now up to 41 states plus D.C. – the DEA and FDA reaffirmed their position that it should be Schedule I and illegal. And with recreational use now legal in eight states plus D.C., marijuana has suddenly become “normal”. So who is right – the Federal government or the 41 states plus D.C.? And how does it impact the workplace, workforce and Workers’ Compensation? This panel will present a balanced perspective, including a Massachusetts attorney who is outspoken in his opposition to a Florida attorney who spearheaded their recently-approved expansion of medical cannabis, and moderated by the RxProfessor for the clinical perspective. Subjects covered will include considerations for patient care, for a safe workplace, accommodating disabilities, balancing state legalization vs. DEA Schedule I, drug testing policies and a host of other relevant subjects.


Edward Moriarty, Jr.
Senior Partner
Moriarty, Shay & Associates, P.C.

Mark Pew
Senior Vice President
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception