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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
1:00 p.m.
Conference Welcome Remarks

Shelly Brotzge
Chair, Workers’ Compensation Committee
Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc.
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Conference Attendee Meet N Greet
This informal gathering is a great way to meet SIIA’s Workers’ Compensation volunteer leaders and network with other attendees. Find out everything you need to know to make the most of your time during the conference.
1:30 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. Self-Insurance in the Roaring 20’s
There’s a lot going on in workers’ compensation as we head into the new decade. Insurance is a little all over the place. Regulatory changes are frequent and often controversial. TPAs are rapidly consolidating while vendors are fighting for a space at the table. Come get the lowdown on what’s going on, why it’s important and how to make the most of this dynamic environment.


John Means Cooper
VP Excess Workers’ Compensation
AmWINS Brokerage of the Carolinas

Greg Toll
Director of Business Development
2:20 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. How Technology is Improving Safety
Technology is a beautiful thing, when used correctly. But, what should employers be looking for in using technology? And, what metrics should they expect to impact the overall prevention of workplace comp-related issues? We’ll hear from the employer’s perspective how to incorporate innovative technology into the day-to-day risk management of a company.


Sally Pace
Connect Healthcare Collaboration

Tamra Gammon
Director of Safety and Continuous Improvement
Tillamook Dairy Products

Nic Patee
Founder and CEO
Work Right NW
3:20 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. Mitigating Top Cyber Security Risks Facing Insurers
The insurance industry faces immense challenges of emerging risks from accelerated regulatory developments and ever-growing cyber threats. Our session will touch on steps to address the risks insurers face today and what insurers may encounter in the not-so-distant future. Hear from an organization that experienced the impact of a breach, and the steps they took to address vulnerabilities.


Virginia Johnson
Executive Vice President, National Accounts
Franco Signor LLC


Felix Negron
threatSHIELD security

Kevin Strope
Associate Director
Protiviti Inc.

Additional Speakers To Be Announced
4:20 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Practical Lessons From Companies Deploying AI Solutions: Lessons in Leadership
What leads to the best results and conversely what actions tend not to have the desired outcomes? This session will describe what can AI do and what is beyond its capabilities. Learn when a change management may be needed and how to take action to do so. Hear about what time frames are realistic versus what are fiction. You will come away from this session ready to start your journey and what comes next.

Stan Smith
Founder and CEO
gradient A.I.
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Keynote Address
It's common in the US to have four generations represented in the same office meeting. Learn theories and ideas to improve interactions between employees at every level of your organization to ensure a happier, healthier, more engaged workforce and reduce turnover.

Kristin Scroggin
Owner & Lead Trainer
genWHY Communications
9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. The New Digital Age and Workers' Comp
In this digital age, there is an explosion of how technology is being leveraged to change how things are done. Typically, the insurance world is cautious, and slow to change. But it feels like there is an increasing realization that new technology will change how workers comp is administered. This session will explore the idea of introducing new and innovative concepts into an age old structure.

Michael Morris
HomeBuilders SIF


Cameron MacArthur
A.I. Insurance, Inc.
10:10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Networking Break
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. PTSD – The Next Big Crisis in Workers’ Comp Claims
Increasingly PTSD is being extended beyond first responders to cover any employee affected by a traumatic event. Given that PTSD is a subjective diagnosis and that there is no standardized method of treatment, how do you prepare for this new type of claim? Join us as our experts weigh in on the medical and legal challenges PTSD presents as well as how to effectively get employees with PTSD back to work.


John Means Cooper
VP Excess Workers’ Compensation
AmWINS Brokerage of the Carolinas


Dr. Fernando Branco
Chief Medical Officer
Midwest Employers Casualty

Geoff Jones
Senior Claims Attorney
Midwest Employers Casualty

Erin Saniga
Case Manager
Allegiant Managed Care LLC
11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The “Virtual” Reality of Medical Treatment
Learn how one general contractor reduced their workers’ compensation losses, and better managed their employees back to work, through the implementation of a virtual on site clinic. Imagine combining the roles of telemedicine, nurse triage, medical director, and concierge care all into one solution. We will also explore how virtual reality is being integrated into Physical Therapy to address pain behavior change and reduce downstream healthcare utilization. Understand how pain neuroscience impacts on treatment and duration of care as well as opioid use.

Steve Kokulak
Vice President, Workers' Comp.


Dan Carlin, MD
Founder & CEO

Jeff Hathaway, PT, DPT
BreakThrough Physical Therapy
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hosted Luncheon
1:30 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. You Need a Seat at the Table
The necessity of regulatory relationships, being involved legislative process, as well as being active at the NAIC level. Presenters will also discuss the latest on the federal scene regarding workers compensation. Presenters will discuss a need for a seat at the table at every level.


Charles C. Caldwell
President & CEO
Midlands Management Corp.


Fred Karlinsky
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
2:20 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. Best Practices for Self-Insureds
Discuss with TPA's who provide services to the self-insured industry, and the Administrators who utilize these "best practices" in successfully administering their Groups. Content will be helpful for both SIG's and individual self- insureds as a benchmark for their own daily responsibilities. The session is meant to be interactive with the audience in a sharing of what will make their self - insured programs and their TPA organization more successful and efficient.


Joseph Blanche
President, FutureComp Division

Joe Clifford
Area Vice President of Programs
RPS Regency

Stu Thompson
The Builders Group
3:10 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Networking Break
3:40 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. The Formulary Effect
Prescription medications make up 14% of all medical costs on workers’ compensation claims and a much higher percentage of medical costs on legacy claims. While the prescription drug prices continue to increase, the workers’ compensation industry faces additional challenges such as the Opioid Epidemic and Physician Dispensing. Many states are now implementing formularies to address these trends. In this session, we will discuss the different types of formularies, how and where they have been implemented, and the outcomes states have experienced as a result of the formularies.

Shawn Mackey
Vice President
AmWINS Brokerage of New York, Inc.

Jeanne Battaglia, MS, CRC
Managed Care Network, Inc.

Robyn Satterfield, PharmD
Alius Health, LLC
4:20 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Workplace Violence: Developing a Trauma-Informed Model
Violence in the workplace presents an unbelievable challenge for employees, employers and workers’ compensation providers. Victims are left feeling violated and traumatized. Usually, the workplace will be locked down for months due to investigations. Claim reporting, medical care, benefit delivery are disrupted and your protocols will seem overly burdensome in the midst of chaos. How can you cut to the chase to provide valuable victim support? Are you prepared for immediate response? Learn how to create a first response team, coordinate with other responders and service providers to maximize benefits, and provide trauma informed support and recovery. An informed and helpful response makes a positive impact on recovery.

Carol DiPietro
Vice President, Sales
Paradigm Outcomes

Speakers: To Be Announced
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception
Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Bringing It All Together
What’s the point of investing time and energy at a conference if you leave without a solid game plan and ideas to implement? As the conference draws to a close, you won’t want to miss our final session – giving attendees a chance to compare notes to discuss what the top takeaways from sessions, as well as share action items that can be replicated. Not only will you have an opportunity to develop your own roadmap, you’ll also have one final chance to network and build relationships across the industry.


Sally Pace
Connect Healthcare Collaboration, LLC
10:00 a.m. Conference Concludes