Full Program

The 99th Annual Convention program includes educational programming, committee meetings, and social events.

This program is subject to change.

Sunday, September 29
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Registration & Information Desk
 
Monday, September 30
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration & Information Desk/Internet Cafe
7:30 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 12:30 pm USS Midway Tour - requires advance registration, add-on fee is $25
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Western Association of Workers' Compensation Boards (WAWCB) Meeting
9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDI General Session including EDI Jurisdiction/Industry Meeting
11:30 am - 4:00 pm Executive Committee
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

IAIABC/NAWCJ Judicial Program (Day 1 of 2) - view full program

EDI Claims Committee

EDI Medical: ProPay Committee

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Self-Insured Guaranty Funds of America (SIGFA) Meeting - invitation only
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Literature Display
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Joint Committee Council meets with Executive Committee
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm New Attendee Orientation
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Welcoming Happy Hour
Sponsored by U.S. Healthworks
   
Tuesday, October 1
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration & Information Desk/Internet Café/Literature Display
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

SIGFA Breakfast - invitation only

7:30 am - 8:30 am WAWCB Breakfast - invitation only

Northeast States Breakfast - invitation only

Central States Association Breakfast - invitation only
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Research & Standards Committee

Medical Issues Committee
Enjoy two presentations and a roundtable discussion of medical issues impacting workers’ compensation. Presentations include An Overview of the NCCI Medical Data Call - Raji Chadarevian, NCCI and A Discussion of Traumatic Brain Injuries - Dr. Mark Ashley, President/CEO, Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) and Board Chairman Emeritus, Brain Injury Association of America and Robert Buch, JD

9:00 am - 10:30 am Associate Member Council
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

IAIABC/NAWCJ Judicial Program (Day 2 of 2) - view full program

SIGFA Meeting - invitation only

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

EDI Medical Committee

EDI Systems Committee

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Disability Management & Return to Work Committee
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 5:00 pm EDI Claims Workgroup
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Commissioners' Roundtable - Jurisdictional participation only
Sponsored by Concentra
Jurisdictions share successes and enjoy candid conversation among peers. Participating agency staff will gain insight on policy, regulatory, and management concerns. This meeting is open to jurisdictional agency staff only.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm SIGFA Luncheon - invitation only
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Regulation Committee
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDI Proof of Coverage Committee
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm Associate Members & Commissioners' Forum
Associate members have the opportunity to hear and dialogue with jurisdictions on key policy, regulatory, and administrative initiatives.
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm President's Reception at the San Diego Zoo
   
Wednesday, October 2
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration & Information Desk/Internet Cafe/Literature Display
7:30 am - 8:30 am Hot Buffet Breakfast

Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) "Grits" Breakfast - invitation only
8:00 am - 12:00 pm EDI POC Release 3.0 Training - view full program
8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome and IAIABC President's Address

Speaker:
Christine Baker, Director, California Department of Industrial Relations

8:45 am - 9:30 am

Opening Session: Government Leadership (Plenary)

Speaker:
Dan Mulhern, University of California Berkeley

9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDI XML Committee Meeting
9:30 am - 10:45 am

Leadership in Workers' Compensation: Perspectives from Government and Industry (Plenary)
Workers' compensation leaders must achieve results while responding to external pressures shaping their organizations. Hear perspectives on the key lessons of leading within the workers' compensation system.

Moderator:
Dan Mulhern, University of California Berkeley

Speakers:
Dr. Joachim Breuer, ISSA Technical Commission on Accident Insurance (Germany)
Kim Garling, WorkCover Independent Review Officer, WorkCover Indpendent Review Office (New South Wales)
Abbie Hudgens, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce, Workers' Compensation Division
Don Smith, SCF Arizona

10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Can Evidence-Based Medicine Improve Outcomes for Injured Workers? (Breakout)
Evidence-based medicine is seen as an important mechanism to ensure injured workers’ receive high quality medical care. Hear successful strategies to implement guidelines that improve outcomes.

Speakers:
Dr. Kathryn Mueller, Medical Director, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Dr. Teryl Nuckols, University of California Los Angeles

 

Compliance Session: Telecommuters and Workers' Compensation Coverage (Breakout)
Sponsored by the IAIABC Regulation Committee
This panel discussion will address the potential challenges of alternative work arrangements for the workers’ compensation system.

 

Moderator: Stacey Roig, Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission
Speaker: Judge David Torrey, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Luncheon & Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by Mitchell Workers' Compensation Solutions
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

EDI POC Jurisdiction Roundtable - view full program
Jurisdiction Panel Discussion attendees will hear from representatives of jurisdictions that are planning to implement, are considering implementing, or have already implemented POC Release 3.0 and learn:

  • Practical examples of best practices in implementing and using POC Release 3.0
  • Successes and hurdles in implementing POC Release 3.0
  • Tips and techniques in implementing that they can apply to their own implementations

Panelists:
Paul Fortier, Maine Workers' Compensation Board
Tony Gallegos, Utah Labor Commission, Department of Industrial Accidents
Cam Lawson, Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims
Christi Simon, Idaho Industrial Commission
Mary Stumpp, Idaho Industrial Commission

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

A Discussion of Benefit Delivery and Cost Reduction in Nonsubscriber Programs (Plenary)
Workers’ compensation is largely a compulsory insurance program in the United States. The recent passage of Oklahoma’s alternative "option" has led to many discussions on how this may affect workers’ compensation programs across the nation. Presenters will describe Oklahoma’s recent reforms and discuss research on Texas’s nonsubscriber program. This discussion will provide insight on how this public policy impacts benefit delivery and system costs.

Speakers:
Matt Bryant, WorkComp Strategies LLC
Amy Lee, Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Identifying Risky Opioid Prescribing Patterns (Breakout)
Many organizations and jurisdictions have begun proactively addressing inappropriate opioid use in the treatment of work-related injuries. Current research and success stories will give organizations new tools to combat this epidemic.

Speakers:
Paul Kauffman, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America
Alex Swedlow, California Workers' Compensation Institute
Dr. Teryl Nuckols, University of California Los Angeles


Settled and Unsettled: The Role of Lump-Sum Settlements (Breakout)
Sponsored jointly by the IAIABC Dispute Resolution and Research & Standards Committees
Panelists will explore the impacts of lump-sum settlements on workers' compensation systems, including workers, employers, and regulators. Also hear about possible abuses, propensity to settle, the role of the attorney, and recent research on lump-sum settlements.  

Moderator:
Elizabeth Crum, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Speakers:
Bogdan Savych, WCRI
Judge David Torrey, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
Brian Zaidman, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDI Claims Committee
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Medical Treatment Disputes: A Debate on Independent Medical Review (Breakout)
Resolving disputes about medical issues is an ongoing challenge across jurisdictions. Hear successful strategies to resolve these contested cases in a fair and expeditious manner. 

Speakers:
Dr. Rupali Das, California Department of Industrial Relations
Chris Voegele, Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation
Roger Williams, Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission



Using Workers’ Compensation Information to Improve Prevention Strategies (Breakout)
Hear how NIOSH is partnering with workers’ compensation agencies to understand occupational accidents and develop more effective prevention strategies.

Speakers:
Elyce Biddle
Jamie Lancaster, Office of Mine Safety and Health Research

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Sunset Rooftop Dinner
   
Thursday, October 3
7:30 am - 12:30 pm Registration & Information Desk/Internet Café
7:30 am - 10:30 am Literature Display
7:30 am - 8:30 am Hot Buffet Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:30 am Annual Business Meeting
8:30 am - 12:00 pm EDI Council
8:30 am - 9:15 am

System Equity: The California Experience of Balancing Benefits and Costs (Plenary)
California’s recent reform effort was the product of strong leadership and collaboration from labor and management. Insiders share lessons learned about engaging how to successfully work with the two groups.

Moderator: Lachlan Taylor, California Department of Industrial Relations

Speakers:
Sean McNally, KBA Engineering, and Member, California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Angie Wei, Legislative Director, California  Federation of Labor and Member, California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Cultural Transformation: How Agencies Have Successfully Focused on Return to Work (Plenary)
Sponsored by the IAIABC Disability Management & Return to Work Committee
Jurisdictional executives will discuss how their agencies have successfully promoted the shared outcomes of early, healthy, and safe return to productive employment. Panelists will share the catalyst for change and highlight their strategies to promote cultural transformation.

Moderator: Peter Federko, Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board

Speakers:
Gregor Kemper, German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)
Guy Kerr, Workers' Compensation Board of Alberta
John Shilts, Oregon Workers' Compensation Division

10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Benefits of Return to Work: A Discussion Between Labor and Management (Plenary)
Sponsored by the IAIABC Disability Management & Return to Work Committee
Hear from organizations that have changed their focus from cost to outcome. How did labor and management come together to design business practices that resulted in more effective return to work programs? Representatives will discuss the long-term benefits they have experienced.

Moderator: Peter Federko, CEO, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board

Speakers:
Martin Brady, Public Schools Authority
Angie Wei, California Labor Federation

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Luncheo
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Supporting Roles in Return to Work (Plenary)
Sponsored by the IAIABC Disability Management & Return to Work Committee
While the employer and employee are essential in the design and success of return to work efforts, other stakeholders play critical supporting roles in the process. Various stakeholders describe their strategies for facilitating return to work as the goal in the recovery process.

Moderator: Peter Federko, CEO, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board

Speakers:
Robin Nagel, California Department of Industrial Relations
Dr. Kathryn Mueller, Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Closing Session: Administrator Roundtable (Plenary)
Legislation is the first step in the change process. A panel of administrators will share their insights on the successes, challenges, and unanticipated consequences of reform legislation.

Moderators: Elizabeth Crum, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Speakers:
Judge Craig Ely, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Laura McGrory, Arizona Industrial Commission
Ken Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industries

Key of Acronyms
EDI - Electronic Data Interchange POC - Proof of Coverage
CSA - Central States Association SIGFA - Self Insured Guaranty Funds of America
NSA - Northeastern States Association SAWCA - Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Associations
  WAWCB - Western Association of Workers' Compensation Boards

 

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