IAIABC 102nd Convention

Event Date: 9/26/2016 - 9/29/2016

Event Overview

About the Conference

The IAIABC Convention is the premier conference for workers' compensation professionals looking to learn more about current policy, regulatory, and administrative challenges in the industry. 

Join your peers for this three and a half day conference, featuring: 

  • In-depth discussion in committee meetings about regulatory issues and updates

  • 17+ hours of educational programming

  • 9+ hours of regulatory and policy roundtable and committee discussion with agency administrators and leaders 
  • Access and networking with industry leaders and decision-makers

Who Attends?

The Convention is attended by regulators, administrators, medical directors, claims administrators, medical providers, services providers, government affairs, administrative law judges, insurers, and industry stakeholders. 

Also, catch the meetings, programs, and/or gatherings of these organizations that meet in conjunction with the Convention: 

CSA
Central States Association
NAWCJ
National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary
NSA
Northeast States Association 
SAWCA
Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators
SIGFA
Self-Insured Guaranty Fund of America 
WAWCB
Western Association of Workers' Compensation Boards 

 

    Jurisdictions registered for the 102nd Convention (as of August 16):

    Arizona Nevada
    Arkansas New Mexico
    Colorado New York
    District of Columbia North Dakota
    Florida Ohio
    Georgia Oregon
    Germany Pennsylvania
    Idaho Rhode Island
    Iowa Saskatchewan
    Kentucky Tennessee
    Louisiana Texas
    Maine Utah
    Maryland Vermont
    Michigan Virginia
    Minnesota Washington
    Missouri West Virginia
    Montana Wisconsin
    Nebraska

    Last year at the Convention...

    • 314 attendees
    • 41 US and non-US jurisdictions represented
    • 50% of attendees represented jurisdictions, other 50% represented industry
    • 83% of attendees are leaders within their organizations (administrators, commissioners, directors, CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, managers, and senior staff)

    Conference Sponsors


     

                 

    Sponsorship puts you out in front of hundreds of decision-makers at IAIABC events and thousands of people in outreach materials. Read the 2016 Sponsorship Prospectus to learn more.

    Future Dates

    103rd IAIABC Convention
    Portland, Oregon
    October 2-5, 2017
    104th IAIABC Convention

    Williamsburg, Virginia
    October 1-4, 2018

    Registration
    Member
    Fee End Date Description Amount
    9/16/2016 IAIABC Member Standard Rate (Full Convention) $785.00
    Non-Member
    Fee End Date Description Amount
    9/16/2016 Non-Member Standard Rate (Full Convention) $910.00
    Board of Directors/Past President
    Fee End Date Description Amount
    9/16/2016 Board of Directors/Past President Rate Only current members of the IAIABC Board of Directors or IAIABC Past Presidents are eligible for this rate. Ineligible registrants will be billed at the prevailing rate.
    Schedule
    Sunday, September 25
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Board of Directors' Meeting
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Registration
    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Board of Directors' and Past President's Dinner (invitation only)
    Sponsored by SFM
    Monday, September 26
    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Registration 
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast (open to all Convention registrants)
    7:45 AM - 8:30 AM  Joint Committee Council meets with Board of Directors (working breakfast)
    ​9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

    IAIABC and NAWCJ Joint Judicial Program

    EDI Claims Committee Meeting

    9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    Break
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Disability Management and Return to Work Forum and Committee Meeting
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  Regulation Forum and Committee Meeting 
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SIGFA Board and Business Meeting (invitation only)
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

    Medical Issues Forum and Committee Meeting 
    The Medical Issues Committee welcomes Eric Anderson from Optum to present about fee schedules. After this presentation, the Committee will discuss other hot topics in the industry.

    Featuring: Eric Anderson, Senior Consultant, Reimbursement Analytics at Optum

    2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Break 
    4:15 PM - 5:00 PM  New Attendee Orientation 
    5:15 PM - 6:15 PM  Welcoming Happy Hour (open to all Convention registrants)
    Sponsored by MEMIC
    6:30 PM  SIGFA Reception and Dinner (invitation only) 
    Tuesday, September 27
    6:15 AM - 7:00 AM  Group Run/Walk
    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Registration
    7:30 AM - 12:00 PM  SIGFA Breakfast and Meeting (invitation only)
    7:30 AM - 10:00 AM  Western Association of Workers' Compensation Boards (WAWCB) Breakfast and Annual Meeting (invitation only)
    Sponsored by Safety National and NCCI   
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast (open to all Convention registrants)
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    EDI Jurisdictional Forum
    10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
    Break
    10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Commissioners' and Associate Members Forum
    Sponsored by Concentra
    10:30 AM - 5:00 PM EDI Claims Committee Meeting
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Heads of Delegation Luncheon (invitation only)
    Sponsored by Concentra

    Associate Members Council Meeting (working luncheon)

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    SIGFA Attendee Luncheon (invitation only)
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   EDI XML Committee Meeting
    1:45 PM - 5:00 PM  National Conversation
    Workers’ compensation in the United States has reached an inflection point. Join the IAIABC for this conversation to collect insight and understanding of the state of workers’ compensation today and what principles should guide it in the future. Conversations will address the public policy goals of workers’ compensation including coverage, benefit adequacy, medical treatment, causation, covered conditions, and more.

    2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Break
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

    Dispute Resolution Forum and Committee Meeting
    The Dispute Resolution Committee will discuss takeaways from the previous day's IAIABC/NAWCJ Joint Program and host a roundtable discussion regarding how medical evidence is received into the record during the course of litigation.

    Research and Standards Forum and Committee Meeting

    EDI Medical Committee Meeting

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    President's Reception (open to all Convention registrants)
    Sponsored by Safety National

    Wednesday, September 28
    6:15 AM - 7:00 AM  Sunrise Yoga (RSVP Required)
    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Registration
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) "Grits" Breakfast (invitation only)

    Northeast States Association (NSA) Regional Breakfast (invitation only)
    Sponsored by NCCI

    Central States Association (CSA) Regional Breakfast (invitation only)
    Sponsored by Safety National

    Continental Breakfast (open to all Convention registrants)

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDI Systems Committee Meeting
    8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

    Welcome and President's Address
    Remarks on the theme "Reimagine."

    Featuring: 
    Senator Amy Volk - Maine State
    Senator John Patrick - Maine State
    Paul Sighinolfi, Executive Director/Chair, Maine Workers' Compensation Board
    RD Maynard, President of the IAIABC and Commissioner of the Idaho Industrial Commission
    Jennifer Wolf, Executive Director of the IAIABC

    9:30 AM - 10:15 AM 

    Keynote Address: Reimagine the Experience of an Injured Worker
    Injured workers are at the heart of the workers' compensation system but they are often the first forgotten. Reimagine how the system can improve outcomes by focusing on an enhanced experience for the injured worker. 

    Featuring: 
    Becky Curtis, Pain Management Coach and Founder of Take Courage Counseling

    10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
    Break
    Sponsored by Aerie EDI Group
    10:30 AM - 11:45 PM 

    Paying for Value: Can US Workers' Compensation Keep Up
    The move to value-based payment is accelerating across US healthcare. Led by Medicare's goal to base 90% of traditional fee-for-service payments on measures of quality and/or value by 2018. Most workers' compensation jurisdictions use fee schedules based on Medicare - discuss what happens to workers' compensation as these changes takes place.

    Featuring:
    Dr. David Dietz, MD, PHD, Principal, David Dietz and Associates, LLC
    Dr. Kathryn Mueller, Medical Director, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation

    Perspectives on Return to Work
    Hear from industry stakeholders on how return to work programs have had a positive impact on their organizations and the lives of workers. Discuss the barriers and opportunities to implement successful return to work programs.

    Featuring: 
    Peter Federko, CEO, Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board
    Dominique Dressler, Head of International Relations, Austrian Workers' Compensation Board (AUVA)
    Vickie Kennedy, Assistant Director for Insurance Services, Washington Department of Labor & Industries

    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    Awards Luncheon (open to all Convention registrants)
    Sponsored by Mitchell
    1:15 PM - 2:30 PM  EDI Medical ProPay Committee Meeting 
    1:15 PM - 1:40 PM
    Ignite!
    Sponsored by Deloitte
    Quick presentations on the theme "How would you reimagine work comp?"
    1:40 PM - 1:50 PM
    Break
    1:50 PM - 2:30 PM

    Sneak Peek: 2016 Oregon Rate Ranking Study
    Published biennially, the Oregon Rate Ranking Study examines the relative cost of workers' compensation coverage across the United States. Study co-author, Mike Manley gives a preview of the study’s 2016 results and discusses long term trends in coverage costs.

    Featuring: 
    Mike Manley, Research Coordinator, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services

    Recruitment and Retention: How Will Organizations Adapt?
    Learn about innovative ideas and strategies on how organizations are changing their human resources and internal practices to adapt to the changing workforce, workplace, and external environment.

    Featuring: 
    Vickie Kennedy, Assistant Director for Insurance Services, Washington Department of Labor & Industries

    2:30 PM - 3:00 PM  Break
    3:00 PM - 4:15 PM 

    EDI Proof of Coverage Committee Meeting 

    The Effective Use of Fee Schedules in Workers' Compensation
    A majority of US jurisdictions use fee schedules to reduce friction and constrain cost for workers' compensation medical services. A panel will discuss what elements make fee schedules the most effective and what jurisdictions can do to enhance them in the future.

    Featuring: 
    Todd Brown, Practice Leader Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Medata
    Dr. David Dietz, MD, PHD, Principal, David Dietz and Associates, LLC
    Joe Paduda, Principal, Health Strategies Associates, LLC 
    Ryan Brannan, Commissioner, Texas Division of Workers' Compensation
    Wesley Marshall, Chairman, Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission

    Industry Perspectives
    A panel of industry insiders share challenges and opportunities they see in workers' compensation. Bonus: They share the top 5 things they want regulators to reimagine!

    Featuring: 
    Lisa Anne Forysthe, Sr. Consultant, Regulatory Business Consulting & Analysis with Coventry Workers' Comp Services 
    Mark Pew, Senior Vice President, PRIUM
    Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, Safety National
    Robert Wilson, President and CEO, Workerscompensation.com

    4:45 PM - 9:00 PM
    Evening Cruise to Peak's Island and Lobster Bake (open to all Convention Registrants)
    Join us for a casual, laid-back evening cruising the Casco Bay, exploring Peak's Island, and aweing in the evening sunset. Once docked at the island, guests will enjoy a classic Down East feast of luscious lobster with all the trimmings. For those who prefer, non-seafood meals will also be available. Wear your walking shoes and casual, warm attire. 
    Thursday, September 29
    6:15 AM - 7:00 AM  Sunrise Yoga (RSVP required)
    7:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Registration
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    Continental Breakfast (open to all Convention Registrants)
    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM  IAIABC Annual Business Meeting
    8:45 AM - 12:15 PM  EDI Council Meeting 
    8:45 AM - 9:30 AM Innovators Awards
    Supported by WorkComp Strategies

    The inaugural Innovators Awards is a show-and-tell session highlighting jurisdictional programs that have advanced system outcomes. A great opportunity to get ideas to bring back to your jurisdiction!
    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    Break
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Benefit Adequacy

    Featuring:
    Peter Rousmaniere, Columnist at WorkCompCentral
    Frank Neuhauser, Senior Research Associate, UC Berkeley

    Better Care in Workers' Compensation: ACOEM's Documentation and Coding Initiative
    Imagine that documentation and medical procedure/billing codes aligned with the needs of injured workers and their employers, including causation determinations, managing risk for work disability and engaging in return to work discussions. Learn about the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's efforts to align rules, documentation requirements, and medical procedure/billing codes to support return to health, function and employment in workers' compensation cases, providing better value care and better outcomes.

    Featuring: 
    Dr. Marianne Cloeren, Chair, ACOEM Committee to Improve WC Care
    Dr. Kathryn Mueller, Medical Director, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation

    11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Break
    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark LIVE! Promoting Efficiency in Workers' Compensation: Regulators Respond
    In this live version of the popular "Out Front Ideas" educational series, Kimberly George and Mark Walls will lead a discussion by a panel of regulators on how process, administration, and policy can be reimagined to improve outcomes and maintain system balance. Regulators will be discussing opportunities for regulation to be more efficient and responsive to both internal and external changes.

    Featuring: 
    Kimberly George, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare, Sedgwick 
    Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, Safety National
    Paul Sighinolfi, Executive Director/Chair, Maine Workers' Compensation Board
    Frank McKay, Chairman and Chief Appellate Court Judge at Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation
    Evelyn McGill, Executive Director at Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission


    Note: Schedule is subject to change without notice. 
    Location

    Conference Venue and Hotels

    Conference Venue & Main Hotel 

    Westin Portland Harborview Hotel
    157 High Street
    Portland, Maine 04101
    United States of America

    The Westin hotel has sold out

    Nightly Rate: $189
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    Reservations: (855) 811-0043
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    Overflow Hotel

    Holiday Inn By the Bay
    88 Spring Street
    Portland, Maine 04101

    0.2 miles/5 min walk from Westin

    Nightly Rate: $202

    Reservations: (800) 345-5050
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    Rate ends 8/25/16 or until sold out. 

     Hotels will sell out quickly. We recommend booking your hotel reservation as soon as you register, as hotels will likely sell out far in advance.  
    Air Travel

    Portland International Jetport (PWM)

    • American Airlines
    • Delta Airlines
    • Elite Airways
    • Jet Blue
    • Southwest Airlines
    • United Airlines

    Ground Transportation

    Hotel Shuttles

    Both the Westin and Holiday Inn offer a complimentary airport shuttle to and from the Portland International Jetport for hotel guest.

    • Westin: please call ahead to make arrangements - (207) 775-5411
    • Holiday Inn:  please call from the phone in baggage claim and hotel will send a shuttle for pick-up

    15 minutes / ~4 miles

    Taxi

    Portland taxicabs are available outside of the baggage claim area of PWM.

    14 minutes / 4 miles
    Fare is approximately $15

    Uber

    Visit www.uber.com to reserve your ride. 

    14 minutes
    $7-15 fare

    Rental Cars

    • Alamo: 207-775-0855
    • AVIS: 207-874-7501
    • Budget: 207-874-7501
    • Enterprise: 207-615-0030
    • Hertz: 207-774-4544
    • National: 207-773-0036

    Hotel parking:  

    • Westin: Valet parking is available for $24 per night. Self parking is available next to the hotel for a daily fee of $24.
    • Holiday Inn: parking is available for $10 per night. 

    Private Transportation

    If you prefer a private car, limousine or van service, visit www.portlandjetport.org/Car_Services for reserved ground transportation providers that serve PWM.


    Note: Typical Portland "rush hours" occur between 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm. Traveling during these times may take longer to reach your destination. 

    Add-Ons
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM President's Reception Spouse/Guest Ticket
    This is an a-la-carte spouse/guest ticket to this event. Admission to this event is included for attendees with a full Convention registration. Fee is $75 per ticket.
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    6:15 AM - 7:00 AM Sunrise Yoga - Wednesday Morning
    Enjoy a relaxing start to the day with this 45 minute yoga session, taught by a local Portland Yoga Instructor. Space is limited, please RSVP in advance to reserve your mat! There is no fee to participate.
    6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Attendee Dinner Spouse/Guest Ticket
    This is an a-la-carte spouse/guest ticket to this event. Admission to this event is included for attendees with a full Convention registration. Fee is $75 per ticket.
    Thursday, September 29, 2016
    6:15 AM - 7:00 AM Sunrise Yoga - Thursday Morning
    Enjoy a relaxing start to the day with this 45 minute yoga session, taught by a local Portland Yoga Instructor. Space is limited, please RSVP in advance to reserve your mat! There is no fee to participate.