RIMS 2019 – Workers’ Comp Related Sessions That Stand Out

RIMS2019RIMS 2019 is the largest risk event of the year. With 300+ speakers on the schedule, this post contains Workers’ Compensation related sessions that stood out for me.


I look forward to seeing you there!


Monday, April 29, 2019: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Addressing PTSD at the Workplace


Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is showing up more frequently at the workplace. The occurrence of school shootings, store robberies and job-related fatalities—as well as assault, domestic violence and accidents—underscore the need to address the issue on a broader basis than you may have in the past. Determine how you can assist employees suffering from PTSD and minimize and mitigate the impact on their safety and productivity and that of those around them.


Learning Objectives:

  • Define PTSD in terms of its causes and characteristics
  • Explain how an employee might manifest PTSD symptoms at the workplace
  • Identify the risks of leaving unmitigated PTSD at the workplace and strategies to help sufferers




Teresa Bartlett

Senior Vice President, Medical Quality



Denise Algire

Director, Risk Initiatives | National Medical Director

Albertsons Companies


Steve Wiesner

Kaiser Permanente On-the-Job Medical Director-Workers’ Compensation Service

Kaiser Permanente



Monday, April 29, 2019:  1:30 – 2:30 pm
Using Data Analytics to Drive Performance


Transform existing information into action. Take a practical and pragmatic look at the workers’ compensation tools available for data-informed decision making. Identify key sources of data. Look at data analytics and predictive modeling to see how past data can explain what happened and predict the future. Use current data to determine the best action to take now. Address artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation. Improve your decision making and program performance.


Learning Objectives:

  • List key data sources and industry resources
  • Juxtapose the methods and outcomes of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics
  • Choose from advanced technology tools for managing data and information to improve outcomes




George Furlong

Senior Vice President, Managed Care Program Outcomes Analysis



Jeff Rycroft

Vice President

Express Services, Inc.


Zoe Zinn

Workers’ Compensation Manager

Packaging Corporation of America



Monday, April 29, 2019, 2:35 – 2:55 pm
Medical Marijuana Highs and Lows: Federal and State Challenges


Stay up-to-date on current trends in legislation and regulation of medical marijuana and cannabis programs. Examine the potential implications for workers’ compensation with a focus on how this issue has arisen in California.




Lisa Anne Bickford

Director, Work Comp Gov’t Relations




Tuesday, April 30, 2019: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Telemedicine for Workers’ Compensation May Be the Last Frontier


When injured employees need immediate care, do they turn to an emergency room or local health clinic? Take a look at telemedicine as a promising alternative that ensures early treatment and possibly more positive overall outcomes. See how, using a mobile device, injured employees can reach a qualified occupational medicine clinician from home or the worksite. Consider how this technology can improve access to care as part of your efforts to manage injured employees’ health care experience.


Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate ways telemedicine can be integrated into your workers’ compensation program
  • Extrapolate on telemedicine’s ability to improve care and convenience and reduce lost time
  • Highlight the essential elements of an effective telemedicine solution




Ann Schnure

VP of Telemedicine



Janine Kral

Vice President Risk Management

Nordstrom, Inc.



Tuesday, April 30, 2019: 11:15 am – 11:35 am
Highly Effective Workers’ Comp Communication Strategies: What to Say and How to Say It


Master tactics that set employee expectations for workers’ compensation through consistent, clear and prioritized communications. Know exactly what to say before and after an injury. Find ways to leverage your workers’ compensation team to create multiple touch points to improve claims outcomes.




Michael Stack


Amaxx LLC



Tuesday, April 30, 2019: 1:20 pm – 1:40 pm
The Opioid Crisis: How Are States Coping?


Join a cross-country examination of the changes to healthcare and workers’ compensation processes in response to the opioid crisis. Make sure you have the most up-to-date information on compliance rules and can make the necessary adjustments to your injured worker and return-to-work programs.




Joseph Pachman

VP and National Medical Director

Liberty Mutual Insurance



Tuesday, April 30, 2019: 2:10 pm – 2:30 pm
Virtual Reality and Wearables: Alternatives to Pain Medications


Familiarize yourself with the potential future of pain management—a digital pain-reduction kit. Consider the future use and benefits of virtual reality in workers’ compensation. Examine the technologies that could reduce medical costs and prevent injured worker exposure to addictive narcotics.




Richard Ives




Tuesday, April 30, 2019: 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Entities Industry Session: Risk Management Tactics and Trends


Join members of the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) in a discussion of the biggest risk management issues that public entities face. Explore best practices and trending topics related to workers’ compensation, crisis management, disaster recovery, fleet management, reputational risk, educating elected officials on the importance of risk management and more. Learn to develop solutions for the unique risks and challenges that exist in the public sector.


Learning Objectives:

  • Assemble crisis management program building blocks that address exposures and recovery
  • Detail ways you can work with community leaders to achieve your risk management goals
  • Demonstrate the value in your risk management program




David Demchak

Senior Vice President

Connecticut Interlocal Risk Mgmt. Agency


Raymond Sibley

Director of Risk Management

City and County of Denver


Gary Langsdale

University Risk Officer

Pennsylvania State University


Jane Waters

Insurance Program Administrator

DC Office of Risk Management


Mark Walls

Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis

Safety National




Michael Stack - AmaxxAuthor Michael Stack, CEO Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers’ compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their workers’ comp costs by 20% to 50%.  He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is a co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is founder & lead trainer of Amaxx Workers’ Comp Training Center .


Contact: mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

Workers’ Comp Roundup Blog: https://blog.reduceyourworkerscomp.com/


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