Get the Most from the 2012 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference

 

This 2012 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® and Expo Nov. 7 – 9 in Las Vegas promises to again be monumental for our industry.

 

The 21st annual conference promises to further develop analysis about the opioid crisis and will again offer regional breakout sessions. And, the expo portion will host more than 260 exhibitors.

 

 

Among the highlights will be:

 

  • pre-conference symposium on Workers’ Compensation Essentials for Executives and Risk Professionals.

 

  • The opening session, titled, “Intriguing Insights: Leaders Debate Solutions to Industry’s Top Challenges” will be moderated by Mark Walls, vice president of Claims, Safety National and include remarks from Dr. Jennifer Christian, founder of the Maze-Masters Program and president of Webility Corp.; Jill Dulich, senior director, Marriott Claims Services; Maureen Gallagher, managing director of Neace Lukens; John Leonard, president and CEO, Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company; Dave North, CEO, Sedgwick CMS; William Zachry, vice president of risk management, Safeway Inc. The speakers will share what they think are the best solutions to two of the biggest challenges in the workers’ compensation/disability systems, to be determined pre-conference by a poll of the 15,000-member WorkCompAnalysis Group on LinkedIn.

 

 

  • An awards luncheon featuring the winners of Risk & Insurance® magazine’s 2012 Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Awards and entertainment by magic/science entertainer Craig Karges.

 

 

  • A conference breakdown into five regions including California and dealing with “Regional Conflicts: Drilling Down to Unique Issues.” These sessions acknowledge that “The industry’s greatest challenges vary widely depending on the region of the country. While California struggles with liens, the Northeast deals with the shift from a manufacturing to a technology-based workforce – creating return-to-work nightmares. Many Midwestern states are focused on reforms to attract business; Western states are questioning the dominance of quasi-state insurers; and the Southeast battles opioid trafficking.” The sessions will be led by representatives for the employer, carriers and third-party administrators.

 

  • You can track your conference experience by choosing one of the following four tracks: Better Claims Management, Health/Medical Management, Solving Legal/Regulatory Issues, or Opioid Solutions. Some examples of sessions include: “Return-to-Work: Has Yesterday’s Asset Become Today’s Liability?”; “Building a Better Medical Network”; and “Employee or Independent Contractor? The Impact of Misclassification.”

 

 

Why Attend this Conference

 

The workers’ compensation industry is always evolving – new players, new laws and new equipment. Everyone new to this industry should attend either the RIMS or the NWCD conference and learn new techniques, meet new vendors, and discover the latest service enhancements.

 

 

A conference of this scale can help you expand your professional network while increasing your knowledge and gaining new solutions directly related to:

 

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Disability management
  • Return-to-work programs
  • The opioid crisis
  • Regional differences sessions

 

 

The 2012 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® and Expo Nov. 7-9 in Las Vegas is the nation’s leading event for anyone involved in the workers’ comp and disability management industries. Thanks to a partnership with LexisNexis, the 2012 event features an enhanced legal track for attorneys and non-attorneys alike. A full list of Program tracks for this year include: Better Claims Management, Health/Medical Management, Solving Legal/Regulatory Issues, or Opioid Solutions.

 

 

 

13 Tips to Get the Most Out of the National Conference:

 

  1. Attend the Opening Session. Don’t miss this because top industry executives will debate solutions to the nation’s greatest Workers’ Comp challenges.

 

  1. Focus on specific goals. For example, sessions about your region or attracting business if those are issue specific to your role. Use the 2012 Mobile App to plan which sessions you want to attend.

 

  1. Read the brochures when you return home to learn about service providers.

 

  1. Pass out your business card andnetwork, network, network. Meeting knowledgeable people gives you a resource when you encounter a problem.   The conference offers ample opportunities for networking including a networking Reception and Closing Social as well as numerous meals and refreshment breaks.

 

  1. Learn what you don’t know. Being exposed tonew ideas presents an opportunity to learn things you don’t even know you are missing!

 

  1. Chat with people who do the same things that you do and see where you differ. At this conference, everybody’s badge includes their title and organization. It’s easy to identify other attendee’s who havesimilar roles in different organizations.

 

  1. Ask aboutkey cost drivers. Attendees come from organizations of varying industries. Find people who work in workers’ compensation departments you know next to nothing about and ask them whether they are satisfied with their workers’ comp vendors. Ask them what drives their costs.

 

  1. Roam through the exhibit hall speaking to vendors and learning about the types of services that are available to reduce workers’ comp costs. NWCDC is the nation’s largest Expo of this kind. THIS will be the best education you will ever get!

 

  1. Wear comfortable attire. Bring comfortable shoes. The first day, people are a bit more dressed up than the following days. The last day is more casual because people are traveling back home. Definitely dress professionally because some of the people you meet with become lifelong contacts, so making a good impression is important, but you can be comfortable, too. For an ounce of prevention, bring moleskin to protect the areas of your feet most likely to get blisters.

 

  1. Attend both the exhibit hall and the educational sessions.

 

  1. Start early, leave late, and remember … although your feet may hurt, this is a once-a-year event!

 

  1. Before the exhibit hall opens,join the group breakfast to network with new friends. You will find people are very friendly and helpful.

 

  1. Keep your Show Guide for future reference. You may want to have this handy on your desk for the time you want to try a new service or ask a question about a new service. Or, if you are putting out a request for proposals, this will be your ultimate list of those companies to bid on your project.

 

See you there!

 

 

Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. She is the author of the #1 selling book on cost containment, Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 

Editor Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 


WORKERS COMP MANAGEMENT MANUAL:  www.WCManual.com

VIEW SAMPLES PAGES

MODIFIED DUTY CALCULATOR:  www.LowerWC.com/transitional-duty-cost-calculator.php

 

Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.

 

©2012 Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved under International Copyright Law. If you would like permission to reprint this material, contact us at: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 

The Best Tidbits of News From the Workers Comp Community

 
Worker's Compensation Expert Rebecca Shafer will be presenting at the 21st Annual National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® in Las Vegas, November 7 – 9.
 
Rebecca would like to invite you to join her there and be a part of the nation's leading training event for workers' comp and disability management professionals. And, more importantly, to benefit from all the great strategies and best practices you’ll learn that will help you solve the biggest challenges facing our industry.
 
The organizers have given Rebecca a special discount to offer you– $320.00 off the on-site rate – even larger than the discount advertised in the brochure. You can attend all the sessions and networking events over the two-and-a-half days for only $975.
 
To attend at this special $320.00 discount, register by Oct. 22 using Promo Code SPKR12 (all caps).  Register at www.WCConference.com
 
 
 
News From Lexis Nexis:
 
 
 
The new mobile workforce raises many unique challenges in the world of workers' compensation. With respect to telecommuters, Larson's states: "When reliance is placed upon the status of the home as a place of employment generally, instead of or in addition to the existence of a specific work assignment at the end of the particular homeward trip, three principal indicia may be looked for: the quantity and regularity of work performed at home; the continuing presence of work equipment at home; and special circumstances of the particular employment that make it necessary and not merely personally convenient to work at home." Read more.
 
At the 21st Annual National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference®, Nov. 7-9, Stuart D. Colburn will speak and moderate onThe New Mobile Workforce. Joining him are Roger A. Levy, Esq. and Alan S. Pierce, Esq. 
 
 
 
It is axiomatic that reliance on lay testimony and administrative expertise is not justified when the medical question is no longer an uncomplicated one and "carries the factfinders into realms that are properly within the province of medical experts". On the other hand, just because a party has a purported export willing to testify as to the medical question at stake, that does not mean the expert is free to express his or her opinion; the opinion must be based generally upon generally accepted scientific and medical standards. Illustrating this important point, a Maryland appellate court recently…read more about this case and other cases on wrongful death, retaliatory discharge, and unexplained fall.”
 
 
 
 
 
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) has made changes to the TXCOMP Health Care Provider system at http://txcomp.tdi.state.tx.us/twccprovidersolution/home.html that effect health care providers.
 
·         Health care providers’ access to submit applications to be certified as a designated doctor, or apply for recertification has been discontinued.
·         Access to update License/Certifications and Specialties for health care providers who are certified as a designated doctor or have applied to be certified as a designated doctor is restricted to TDI-DWC staff only.  Read More…
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


WORKERS COMP MANAGEMENT MANUAL:  www.WCManual.com

VIEW SAMPLES PAGES

MODIFIED DUTY CALCULATOR:  www.LowerWC.com/transitional-duty-cost-calculator.php

 

Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.

 

©2012 Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved under International Copyright Law. If you would like permission to reprint this material, contact us at: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

The Best Tidbits of News from the Workers Comp Community

 

For 20 years, the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo has been the industry's leading training event. It offers cutting-edge, yet practical solutions for your workers' comp, disability management and RTW programs. This year's event is promised to take it to the next level – see the agenda posted here.

 

 

A "permanently disabled" person finds his way back to ability

Watch this inspirational video posted to the Workers Comp Roundtable by Dr. Marianne Cloeren, Medical Director at Managed Care Advisors. She states "This video is worth the time to watch. The transformation of this disabled vet is inspirational. Here is our challenge: how can we help the clients/claimants/ patients/injured workers (people) we work with grasp that the power to change rests within them?"[WCx]

 

 

VIDEO: Never Give Up 

 

Lexis Nexis Communities Top Stories:

 

Posted by
The AMA Guides generally disfavors grip loss as a measurement for rating a whole person impairment (WPI). (See AMA Guides Fifth Edition, page 508.) However, a series of recent WCAB panel decisions indicate that there may be circumstances when the grip loss metric is the most accurate tool for assessing an injured worker’s (WPI). Use of the grip loss measurement generally results in a much higher permanent disability (PD) rating for the injured worker.  Read More…

 

 

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Civil Action Against Supervisor Moves Forward

Posted by

Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Civil Action Against Co-Employee, Exclusive Remedy, Volunteer Status, and Causation Involving Fatal Overdose. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer forLarson's Workers' Compensation Law, has compiled the list below.  Read More…

 

 
Posted by
The Social Madness corporate challenge has kicked off, and LexisNexis is one of 60 Dayton-area companies selected to compete in this social media competition hosted by the Dayton Business Journal and its parent, American City Business Journals.
The three national winners of the challenge will be able to designate a favorite charity to receive a $10,000 donation.  Read More…

 

Posted by
The most disturbing conclusion that the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) presented in a webinar entitled “Use of Narcotics and Compliance with Guidelines” was that many workers’ compensation claimants (claimants) who were prescribed narcotics were not provided recommended services for monitoring and managing long-term use of those drugs. These services included overseeing that use and treating its ill effects.
Other major findings were:
1) Most claimants who were prescribed pain medication for compensable harm were prescribed narcotics; and
2) Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and New York had particularly high usages of narcotics.


Workers' Compensation Roundtable Passes 5,000 Member Mark

We reached an important milestone this week, and we want to once again thank you for your continued efforts in building what we believe to be an excellent group. We passed the 5,000 member mark this week, only the 2nd workers' comp group ever to do so on LinkedIn. 

In fact, we've added 4,500 members in just the last 18 months, and if you search Groups here on LinkedIn for "workers' compensation", you will find we are the #1 result they return. The Group Search page was "recently updated to make it easier for you to find the most valuable places to network", and at the time of the upgrade they announced that they made these determinations on the "relevance and quality" of the discussions in the groups. Showing up first in that search result is a huge compliment for our community! Read More…[WCx]


Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


WORKERS COMP MANAGEMENT MANUAL:  www.WCManual.com

VIEW SAMPLES PAGES

MODIFIED DUTY CALCULATOR:  www.LowerWC.com/transitional-duty-cost-calculator.php

 

Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.

 

©2012 Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved under International Copyright Law. If you would like permission to reprint this material, contact us at: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

Vermont Proposes Radical Approach to Workers Compensation and other News

 
Vermont H 762 — a radical approach to workers compensation in Vermont
Noted WC writer Peter Rousmaniere writes that Vermont is set to pass a radical approach to dealing with the independent contractor problem in workers comp. “The problem is this: many businesses in the past, across the country, have chosen to define their workers as independent contractors, thereby saving themselves serious money in workers comp insurance, unemployment compensation insurance, and other benefits mandatory or voluntary, and leaving their workers exposed to the elements .(There are also other state labor protections that come to play),” he says.[WCx]
 
 
“The house bill 762 has a provision expressly designed to let workers define themselves as independent contractors!” he notes. “The intent comes out in the hearings: to let employers such as contractors hire them without having to worry about the risk of the engagement being seen as employment — even if the engagement looks, talks and walks like employment.”
 
 
Volume Three of the LexisNexis eNewsletter Available
Follow this link to see a summary of state and world news in the WC industry. This edition includes information on North Carolina’s reforms, Retaliatory Discharge and an experts year-in-review among many other “goodies.” Check it out!
 
 
Broadspire Holds First Annual Rx Summit
Danielle Lisenbey, chief operating officer for the Medical Management Services of Broadspire announced its first annual Rx Summit here in Sunrise March 22. As a leader in the industry, Broadspire first Pharmacy Issues Summit should prove to be helpful. They write, “The purpose of the meeting is to bring thought leaders from various organizations together to discuss relevant topics and issues surrounding pharmacy benefits in the workers compensation setting. The intent is not to share the specifics of what various companies are doing, but rather to focus on the global industry issues themselves and what may be the possible trends and developments for the future. One key objective of the program will be to help to identify and define common threads that run through all components of the industry – across claimants, payors, employers and carriers. Defining some of these commonalities will help the consumer to maneuver through the market. This will be an opportunity to brainstorm and share ideas amongst industry peers that can help to influence positive impacts for all.”
 
 
Email Mjaynes@choosebroadspire.com by March 15, 2012 for more information. The Summit is by invitation only.
 
 
TDI-DWC Launches Redesign of Homepage on the TDI Website
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation changed its site this week. The redesign of its homepage on the TDI website at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/indexwc.html.
 
 
“In an effort to make online resources for workers’ compensation system participants more user friendly, the TDI-DWC homepage redesign features a new tab style menu with three sections to assist system participants in accessing workers’ compensation information. Topics A-Z features an alphabetical listing of workers’ compensation-related subject matter that directly links to website content. Online Services features direct links to services, including: safety violation reporting, employer coverage verification and attorney fee processing.
Resources features direct links to resources, including the Texas Labor Code, TDI-DWC rules, calendar of events and training and TDI-DWC forms,” they write.
 
 
There are many other helpful changes. Go take a look!
 
 
WCRI Releases Study of WC Laws
The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) and the International Association of Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) just released a joint study, Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 2012.
 
 
This tool allows users to compare WC system laws across U.S. and Canada. More information is available here.
 
 
WCRI calls it, “An essential tool for researching and understanding the distinctions among workers’ compensation laws in all U.S. states and certain Canadian provinces.”
 
 
LRP Publications Announces New EEO/Federal Manager Book
To prevent age discrimination and sexual harassment complaints, managers need guidance. EEO complaints can be avoided.
 
 
This new guide is updated with changes in the ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Follow this link to learn more: EEO and Federal Managers: Following the Principles, Avoiding Complaints. The book could be handed out to all managers to get everyone up to speed on their EEO responsibilities.
 
 
Chapters include:
EEO Responsibilities
Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
Race and Color Discrimination
National Origin Discrimination
Age Discrimination
Religious Discrimination and Accommodation
Disability Discrimination and Accommodation
Toward a Diverse Federal Workplace
 
 
Early MRIs Impact Outcomes Workshop March 14
Liberty Mutual Insurance knows that while MRIs are commonly used in workers compensation claims, their findings may or may not always be related to workplace injury. To this end, they are hosting a workshop March 14. More information is available here.
 
 
Among the topics to be discussed will be the results from a Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety study on the early use of MRIs as they relate to claims outcomes, case studies from the field and best practices around the use of MRIs.[WCx]
 
 
The company recommends people with claims, loss control, risk consulting, or managed care responsibilities should attend as well as risk managers interested in the latest issues and research associated with MRIs and claims outcomes.

 

 

 

 

Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. She is the author of the #1 selling book on cost containment, Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 


WORKERS COMP MANAGEMENT MANUAL:  www.WCManual.com

VIEW SAMPLES PAGES

MODIFIED DUTY CALCULATOR:  www.LowerWC.com/transitional-duty-cost-calculator.php

 

Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.

 

©2012 Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved under International Copyright Law. If you would like permission to reprint this material, contact us at: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

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