Full Conference Schedule
as of 4.15.19
(subject to change)

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
1:00 p.m. Conference Welcome Remarks

Mike Zucco
Chairman, Workers’ Compensation Committee
Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc.

Welcome to TN Work Comp
The Administrator for Tennessee’s Workers’ Compensation program will welcome SIIA to Tennessee and provide a “state of the state” in the Workers’ Comp arena to include the successes and challenges.

Abbie Hudgens
Administrator, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
State of Tennessee
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. First Time Attendee Meet N Greet
This informal gathering is a great way to meet SIIA’s Workers’ Compensation volunteer leaders and network with other first-time attendees. Find out everything you need to know to make the most of your time during the conference.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. If It Looks Like a Duck… Defining Employee Status in the Modern Gig Economy
With roughly 30% of US workers estimated to be engaged in some form of independent work, state lawmakers are being forced to define what officially constitutes an employee and the benefits they receive. Come join the conversation with a panel of lawyers, employers, and Tennessee state regulator Abbie Hudgens as they discuss how recent legislation and Federal scrutiny from both sides is changing the nature of your workers’ compensation obligations.


Abbie Hudgens
Administrator, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
State of Tennessee

David Perine
The Black Car Fund

David Wehner
Managing Director
Ostroff Associates

Michael D. McLean
Co-Managing Partner
2:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. Things Change When You Become Self-Insured - What Are The Financial Implications?
A feasibility study has concluded that self-insurance is a reasonable course of action for an entity. This session identifies the financial impacts and areas of difference for the organization pre and post self-insurance. The areas explored are the hard and soft costs of the program, the cash flow and uses of cash implications, financial reporting changes and potential costs for terminating the self-insured program.


James LeRoy, ARM
JKL Enterprises, LLC
3:20 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Getting Ahead of the Workers’ Compensation Cost Curve
Often times for Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers a strong offense is the best defense in heading off costly claims. This session will cover a broad spectrum of strategies and action items that employers should be thinking about before a claim occurs, including prompt reporting, worker training, safety meetings, injury documentation, witness statements, spoliation of evidence and OSHA citations.


Peter J. Stavropoulos, Esq.
Brady, Connolly & Masuda, P.C.

W. Scott Trench, Esq.
Brady, Connolly & Masuda, P.C.
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Case for Claims Audits
Are you letting millions of dollars fall through the cracks due to poor adjusting personnel/procedures? Hear from the administrator of a fund that won a multimillion dollar judgment against the claims adjusting company.


Randall Squires
Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

Stacy Hosman, CWCL
Owner & Founder
Hosman & Associates, Inc.
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Leadership in Today’s Environment
Jim Zugschwert aka “Jimmy Z” is the author of “Peak Perspective” and has over 30 years of sales and leadership experience in the construction and insurance industries. His keynote address will be energetic and interactive and explore the keys to implement positive change in your personal and professional lives. He will cover how to grow as a leader, explain leadership vs. management, and how to take your business to the next level by developing other leaders.


Jim Zugschwert
9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Claims Concierge for Small Employers: Rapid Response for Better Outcomes
The first couple of days after a work injury incident are critical. Large self-insured employers can dedicate resources, small employers are coping as they multitask. Claims concierge is a process to give small businesses the extra horsepower they need to support best possible claims outcomes for employees and the business. We like to say that small business is the backbone of the economy but many resources are out of reach to that sector – this is a system that can help.


Bill Donaldson
Mindful Insurance Solutions

Megan Ranftl
Vice-President of Operations
CHSI of Nevada

Darrin Schenk
Triage Now
10:20 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. You Are Probably Breaking Privacy Laws
Administering self-insured workers’ compensation programs can be complicated and arguably one of the areas that causes confusion is protecting employee privacy while mitigating claims and securing insurance coverage. In fact, most self-insured employers are breaking privacy laws and don’t even know it. This session will highlight the privacy issues that workers’ compensation self-insurers should pay particular attention to in order to steer clear of potential legal liability and/or other unwanted complications.


M. Alexandra Belton
Mullen Coughlin

David Lewison
SVP - Professional Lines National Practice Leader
AmWINS Brokerage
11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. H2B Visa Program Equals 24 Hour Coverage, What Are the Risks?
H2A Visa employee equals 24 hour coverage. This comes with substantial exposures from transportation to housing which we will explore in depth.


David Johnson

David Keefe
Trilogy Plumbing, Inc.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hosted Luncheon
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The Challenges of Insurance Asset Management
Insurance entities typically require a great deal of customization due to regulatory requirements, lines of business written, capital structure and operating performance. Therefore, effective investment management for insurance companies begins with the understanding of the insurance company itself and how its business profile determines the asset allocation and risk appetite. Our presentation will explore these topics in order to help the audience appreciate the complexities involved in managing insurance assets and the myriad issues that must be addressed by an asset manager.


William Piel, CFA
Vice President, Portfolio Management
Opus Investment Management
2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. How Cyberbots Can Enhance Humaneness
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot subject in workers’ compensation. Chatbots are the most commonly-used application of AI to deliver real-time service. Some think their goal is to replace people, but the real goal is to help humans be more productive. By using chatbots to answer common injury and claim-related questions, claims organizations can save money and free up busy humans to focus on injured worker advocacy and other complex tasks. The AI built into chatbots can also look for subtle psychosocial yellow and red flags during interactions with injured workers. With technology as an efficiency-multiplier, claims adjusters can now engage more frequently, strategically and empathetically to foster better outcomes. So, can computers make us more human? Dr. David Deitz, Chief Clinical Advisor to ChronWell, will provide context regarding where we are and where we’re headed.


David Deitz, MD, PhD
Chief Clinical Advisor
3:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Economic Impact of Sleep Disorders on Business
Sleep deprivation is a growing concern and it comes with considerable expense in injury and liability payments for not only auto accidents, but other on-the-job injuries. The presentation would include the background, estimated cost in injury and liability payments and diagnosis and treatment, all of which the employer needs to be extremely cognizant of and involved in.


Norman K. Imes M.D.
Imes Sleep Services
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Not-To-Be Missed Wrap-Up
At the end of the conference, we’ll reconvene in small groups and talk about what was indeed learned from the content and any action items that can be shared. It will be a summation of what has occurred throughout the event.


Mark Pew
Senior Vice President, Product Development & Marketing
Preferred Medical Network