Workers' Compensation Educational Sessions

W1: Disaster Lessons --Preparing Your Self-Insured Workers’ Comp Program
Are your employees rehearsing now for the tragic accident that is coming their way? This is not a "textbook theory" presentation about risk control but is a real life examination of disasters, both small and large. We'll look at tragedies such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Big Branch Mining disaster, a scaffolding collapse, an avalanche in Washington state, and other incidents sustained by employers throughout the country. There are lessons from these disasters that can be applied to your entity which can transform your safety culture and help minimize employee risk.

Monday, September 24, 2018, 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Sally Pace
Connect Healthcare Collaboration, LLC


Shelly Brotzge
Senior Client Advisor
Midwest Employers Casualty Company

Paul Houska, MA, MS, WCLA, CWCC, OHST
National Sales Director - Group Self Insurance
Midwest Employers Casualty Company

W2: H2B Visa Program Equals 24 Hour Coverage, What Are the Risk?
H2A Visa employee equals 24 hour coverage. This comes with substantial exposures from transportation to housing which we will explore in depth.

Monday, September 24, 2018, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Charles Caldwell
President & CEO
Midlands Management Corp.


David Johnson

David Keefe
Trilogy Plumbing, Inc.

Joe Martinez
DLL Insurance Agency

W3: How Workers’ Comp Self-Insurers Can Tame the Prescription Drug Challenge
Prescription drugs can play a valuable role in an injured worker’s treatment and recovery. When properly prescribed and managed, they can alleviate pain and facilitate healing. When left unchecked, however, prescription drugs can create unintended consequences for injured employees and the organizations for which they work. Several factors can contribute to the perfect prescription storm, and employers should monitor these closely. First, workers’ compensation has no co-payments, and drugs are readily prescribed and taken. Second, recent statistics convey a culture and population that willingly seek drug therapy for pain management. Third, many opioids, narcotics, and other powerful prescriptions are highly addictive. Fourth, an injured worker may not report current medications or drug usage when treated for an occupational condition. When this occurs, drug combinations may produce unintended risks. Finally, drug usage can pose significant safety hazards at the job site and place other workers in jeopardy. This session is designed to examine the scope of the prescription problem and describe actions employers can take to minimize both the costs and risks of prescription drug usage.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Stu Thompson
The Builders Group


Teresa Bartlett, MD
SVP, Senior Medical Officer
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

W4: 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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

John Means Cooper
Vice President, Excess Workers' Compensation
AmWINS Brokerage of the Carolinas


Megan North
AVP, Professional Liability
AmWINS Brokerage of Texas, Inc.

John Mullen, Sr.
Mullen Coughlin LLC

W5: #WordsMatter - And So Do Attitudes & Actions
The longer someone is in workers’ compensation it seems the more cynical they become. That cynicism can creep into attitudes and actions that almost perpetuate the stereotypes. They spend so much of their time dealing with the “bad actor” representatives from all stakeholders they can forget the vast majority of participants who are motivated by and do the right thing for the right reasons. The audience will actively participate in this session by discussing some of the words / attitudes / actions reflecting that cynicism and how to reverse the trend by changing how we speak, think and behave.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm


Mark Pew
Senior VP, Product Development & Marketing
Preferred Medical