IAIABC 103rd Convention

Event Date: 10/2/2017 - 10/5/2017

Event Overview

About the IAIABC 103rd Convention

Convention Attendees

The IAIABC Convention addresses the current policy, regulatory, and administrative challenges and opportunities affecting workers' compensation around the world through a combination of presentations, discussion forums and roundtables, committee meetings, and social events. 

The IAIABC Convention brings together more workers' compensation jurisdictional agency leaders than any other conference in North America. 

Who Attends? 

In 2016, 334 people attended the IAIABC Convention, including representatives from 40 US and non-US jurisdictions.

Convention Attendees

Attendees of the IAIABC Convention traditionally include:

  • Jurisdictional regulators and administrators
  • Government/regulatory affairs personnel
  • Medical directors
  • Insurers 
  • Claims administrators
  • Attorneys
  • Service providers
  • Medical providers
  • Administrative law judges
  • ... and many more! 

IAIABC/NAWCJ Joint Judicial Program

For the fifth year, the IAIABC and National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary are hosting a Joint Judicial Program. This program brings together workers’ compensation judges, commissioners, arbitrators, mediators, and others from across the country to share insights, techniques, and strategies into workers' compensation judicial issues. Registration for the Judicial Program is included with a Convention registration. If you are interested in attending just the Judicial Program, please contact Brianna Schumann at bschumann@iaiabc.org


Guest Tickets

If you are interested in purchasing guest tickets such as the Excursion and Social Events Pass; President's Reception; and/or the "Unconventional" Food Truck Dinner Event, please visit www.iaiabc.org/convention-guest. These will be processed as a separate registration. These activities are already included for all Convention registrants (aside from the walking food tour excursion). This is only for Convention registrant guests.  


Sponsorship

The IAIABC thanks the sponsors of the 103rd Convention. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and getting in front of hundreds of decision-makers at IAIABC events and thousands of people in outreach materials, learn more in the 2017 Sponsorship Prospectus.

 


Save the Dates for these Future Conventions

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October 1-4, 2018
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IAIABC 105th Convention
October 21-24, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

Registration
Member
Fee End Date Description Amount
9/22/2017 IAIABC Member Standard Rate (member registration after September 22 will be $975.) $875.00
Non-Member
Fee End Date Description Amount
9/22/2017 Non-Member Standard Rate (non-member rate after September 22 will be $1,100) $1,000.00
Schedule

Schedule is subject to change without notice. 

Download a printable schedule

Convention registrants are welcome to attend any committee meeting on the schedule. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting                                                                                                              

Monday, October 2, 2017

7:30 am - 5:00 pm  Check-In and Registration
7:30 am - 5:00 pm  Marketplace
7:30 am - 9:00 am  Buffet Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 am   New Attendee Orientation
New to the IAIABC or the Convention? Attend this Breakfast to hear more about the IAIABC and what to expect during this week's conference. Board members and committee chairs will be on hand to answer questions. 
9:00 am - 11:00 am  International Committee Meeting
9:00 am - 4:00 pm  IAIABC/NAWCJ Joint Judicial Program 
The IAIABC and National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary (NAWCJ) Joint Judicial Program discusses topics of interest to workers' compensation administrative law judges, mediators, and judicial management. Registration for the Judicial Program is included with a full Convention registration. Standalone registration is available; if you are interested in attending just the Judicial Program, please contact the IAIABC for registration options. 

9:00 am - 4:00 pm  EDI Claims Committee Meeting
10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Regulation Committee Meeting
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  Lunch (on your own)
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Board of Directors and Joint Committee Council Luncheon (invitation only) 
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Medical Issues Committee Meeting
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Research and Standards Committee Meeting
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Self-Insured Guaranty Funds of America (SIGFA) Board and Business Meeting (invitation only) 
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm  Happy Hour
Hosted by the IAIABC Associate Member Council
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  New Attendee Dinner
Meet fellow new attendees during this New Attendee Dinner. Additional fee includes dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. 
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  SIGFA Reception and Dinner 

Tuesday, October 3

7:00 am - 7:45 am  Sunrise Yoga
Energize your day with this morning yoga session. Pre-registration is required to reserve your mat. 
7:15 am - 5:00 pm  Check-In and Registration 
7:30 am - 9:00 am   Western Association of Workers' Compensation Boards (WAWCB) Breakfast and Annual Meeting (invitation only)
7:30 am - 12:00 pm SIGFA Breakfast and Meeting (invitation only)
8:00 am - 9:00 am   Buffet Breakfast 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm  Marketplace
9:00 am - 9:45 am  A Conversation with the NextGen 
Meet the talented individuals recognized with the inaugural IAIABC NextGen Awards! These professionals under the age of 40 are making their impact on workers' compensation; hear them share their thoughts and insights on the workers' compensation industry of today and tomorrow.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm  EDI Jurisdictional Forum
Jurisdictions share news and updates on activities affecting EDI standards and reporting. 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Disability Management and Return to Work Committee Meeting
10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Dispute Resolution Committee Meeting
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Lunch (on your own)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  SIGFA Attendee Luncheon (invitation only) 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  Heads of Delegation Luncheon (invitation only)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  Associate Member Council Meeting and Luncheon (open to all Convention registrants)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  SIGFA Attendee Luncheon (invitation only)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  EDI Medical ProPay Committee Meeting
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  EDI Claims Committee Meeting
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm  Heads of Delegation and Associate Members' Forum (open to all Convention registrants)
Jurisdictional agency leaders share regulatory, policy, and administrative issues with industry stakeholders and invite the industry to ask questions and engage in dialogue. 
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm  EDI Medical Committee Meeting 
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm  Break
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Heads of Delegation Forum (open to jurisdictional agency staff only)
Jurisdictional agency leaders engage in in-depth discussion and share strategies to address the policy, economic, and administrative challenges affecting workers' compensation around the world.
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  President's Reception

Wednesday, October 4

7:00 am - 7:45 am  Sunrise Yoga
Energize your day with this morning yoga session. Pre-registration is required to reserve your mat. 
7:30 am - 5:00 pm  Check-In and Registration
7:30 am - 5:00 pm  Marketplace
7:30 am - 8:30 am   Continental Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am   Central States Association Regional Breakfast (invitation only)
7:30 am - 8:30 am   Northeast States Association Regional Breakfast (invitation only)
7:30 am - 8:30 am   Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) "Grits" Breakfast (invitation only)
8:45 am - 9:00 am  President's Address
David Threedy, Executive Secretary, Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and IAIABC President
9:00 am - 9:45 am   Keynote: Health, Safety, and Recovery: A Global View
Speaker: Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Secretary General, International Social Security Association

Explore work, safety, and recovery in light of today's global economy, changing employment, and technological advances. How will this global view influence the need and commitment of policymakers to provide an effective safety net for occupational injuries and illnesses?
9:50 am - 10:50 am  Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark LIVE! The Future of Workers' Compensation: The Regulators' View
Moderators: Kimberly George, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, M&A, and Healthcare, Sedgwick
Mark Walls, Vice President, Communications and Strategic Analysis, Safety National

Join regulators for this "live" discussion on how workers' compensation is adapting to prevent workplace injuries and promote recovery for the 21st century. Understand legislative, regulatory, and administrative priorities for today and tomorrow. 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm  EDI Systems Committee Meeting
10:50 am - 11:00 am   Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Transformative Technology
How is technology transforming the world of work? Explore how artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation are being used today and the implications for our industry.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Does Worker Classification Create an Unfair Advantage? 
Employment is changing, which continues to blur the line between employees and independent contractors. Hear perspectives on the impact to businesses when classification systems are unclear. 
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm  Awards Luncheon (open to all Convention registrants)
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm  Innovation Award
Learn how one jurisdiction is using innovation to achieve the goals of workers' compensation. 
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm EDI XML Task Group Meeting
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm  Telemedicine: An Innovative Treatment Delivery Mechanism for Workers' Compensation
Is workers' compensation ready for telemedicine? Hear how this technology is improving communications, outcomes, and access to care for patients. Learn about the possible pitfalls and the changing regulatory environment. 
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm  Before and After: Preparing for and Responding to Cybersecurity Challenges
Participate in this workshop to help your organization prepare and respond to information technology breaches. Gain tools and strategies to minimize the internal and external impact of these threats. 
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm  Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm  EDI Proof of Coverage Committee Meeting
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm  The Mind is Key
Is the mind the key to recovery and healing? Understand how to identify claims and hear about effective psychological interventions and how they are being used on the path to recovery. 
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm  Analyzing System Weaknesses to Identify Constitutional Threats
Examine the landscape of current constitutional challenges. Identify and share potential system weaknesses in your jurisdiction. 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  An Unconventional Dinner Event 
Food trucks are a Portland staple. Attendees will immerse themselves in the Portland food scene as they enjoy tastings from local food trucks during this fun dinner outside at the World Trade Center Portland. 

Thursday, October 5

8:00 am - 11:00 am   Check-In and Registration 
8:00 am - 8:30 am   IAIABC Annual Business Meeting
Breakfast will be provided in the room. 
8:00 am - 8:45 am   Continental Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:45 am   Curtis Weber: An Injured Worker's Perspective on Prevention and Return to Work
Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board and the IAIABC Disability Management and Return to Work Committee
Speaker: Curtis Weber, High Voltage Consulting

Working in safety as a trainer, consultant, officer, and speaker following a near-fatal workplace incident, Curtis Weber has developed a unique way of challenging audiences to change the way they perceive safety. Curtis believes that before we can develop or change safety culture, first we must understand and influence human behaviors towards safety.
8:45 am - 12:00 pm  EDI Council Meeting
9:45 am - 10:00 am  Break
10:00 am - 11:00 am  Prevention Pays
Hear how labor and management are cooperating to develop and implement effective safety programs. How are these programs saving lives, improving working conditions, and positively impacting bottom lines? 
10:00 am - 11:00 am   Controversy Continues: Medical Marijuana in Workers' Compensation
The push for legalization of marijuana continues and brings with it a hailstorm of medical, legal, and regulatory questions. Learn about the complicated issues surrounding medical marijuana, current regulations and developments in workers' compensation, and what public agencies can do in terms of policies and practices. 
11:00 am - 11:15 am  Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm  An Unconventional Idea: Portable Worker Benefits
Benefits including unemployment, workers' compensation, and health insurance are typically tied to formal employment, Economic changes and evolving demands have forced policymakers to think unconventionally about benefit structures. Learn how portable benefits may be the future and discuss the implication for workers' compensation. 

Location

Conference Venue and Hotel

The IAIABC 103rd Convention takes place in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon at the Hilton Portland Downtown Hotel. 

Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204 USA

The Hilton is offering IAIABC Convention attendees a reduced room rate of $199 per night (not including taxes and fees). The cut-off date to reserve your room at the Hilton at the reduced rate is September 11, 2017. Rooms will go quickly so make your reservation early.  

Book your room

Mention the "IAIABC" when making your reservation.

Online: https://aws.passkey.com/e/16347598
Phone: +1 (800) HILTONS

Air Travel

Portland International Airport (PDX) is approximately 10 miles from the Hilton Portland Downtown. 

Transportation

Shuttle Service

Blue Star Bus

Cost: $14 (One-Way) or $24 (Round Trip)

Travel Time: Approx. 30 minutes

Where to find them

Outside baggage claim, take the walkway to the left.

Go to Island #2, and find the Scheduled Buses and Vans pick-up area.

For more information: http://www.bluestarbus.com/

Taxis

Local Taxi companies include Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, Green Cab, Portland Taxi, and more.

Cost: $35

Travel Time: Approx. 30 minutes

Where to find them

They have their own island outside baggage claim.

Uber and Lyft

Cost: Uber $20-30  Uber XL $30-45

  Lyft $20-30   Lyft Plus $30-45

Travel time: Approximately 30 minutes

Where to find them

Outside baggage claim, there is a ride sharing pickup location to the far left on the first island where guests will meet their driver. The correct location for pickup will show on the user app.

Light Rail (MAX)

Cost: $2.50 (1 two-hour ticket)

Tickets may be purchased before you exit the airport, or on the platform

Ticket kiosks accept cash or major debit / credit cards NOTE: kiosk does not give paper change

Travel Time: Approx. 45 minutes

Directions

Follow signs from baggage claim to MAX / Light Rail

Board any train – all trains have service to downtown

Depart train at Pioneer Square North

Walk one block east to 6th Avenue, then two blocks south to the hotel

For updates regarding construction or outages, etc. : go to https://trimet.org/ for most current information or utilize the Trimet trip planner.

Limousine/Town Car

Companies: Eagle Towncar, Pacific Cascade Towncar,  and Pioneer Executive Towncar

Cost: $50

Travel Time: Approx. 30 minutes 

Where to find them

They have their own island outside baggage claim.

Driving Directions

From the Airport

Take I-205 SOUTH and exit onto I-84 WEST. At the end of I-84 West you will reach a junction of I-5 North and South. Go SOUTH toward Salem (to your left). Immediately follow the City Center signs to cross the Morrison Bridge. Head STRAIGHT through the traffic light near the end of the bridge onto SW Washington St, go 1 block then turn LEFT onto 3rd Ave. Take 3rd Ave 6 blocks then turn RIGHT onto SW Main St. Take Main 3 blocks and turn RIGHT onto 6th Ave, our front doors are on left.

From the North (Seattle) Southbound on I-5

Take exit 300B off of I-5 Southbound. After exiting, follow the City Center signs which will take you across the Morrison Bridge. Head STRAIGHT through the traffic light near the end of the bridge onto SW Washington St. Take Washington 1 block and then turn LEFT onto 3rd Avenue. Take 3rd Ave 6 blocks then turn RIGHT onto SW Main St. Take Main 3 blocks and turn RIGHT onto 6th Ave, our front doors are on left.

From the South (Salem) Northbound on I-5

Take the I-405 exit, EXIT 299B, on the LEFT toward CITY CENTER/US-26 W/BEAVERTON. Take EXIT 1A on the LEFT toward NAITO PKWY./JAPANESE-AMERICAN HIST. PLAZA. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto SW HARBOR DR. Turn RIGHT onto SW NAITO PKWY. Turn LEFT onto SW TAYLOR ST. Take TAYLOR 4 blocks and turn LEFT onto SW Broadway, LEFT on Salmon Street, LEFT on SW 6th Avenue, our front doors are on left hand side of 6th Avenue.

Add-Ons
Monday, October 2, 2017
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM New Attendee Dinner
Is this your first time at an IAIABC Convention? We invite you to join your fellow new attendees and make some new friends at this New Attendee Dinner on Monday, October 2 at 6:15 pm. Dinner will take place near the Hilton Downtown Portland (location to be determined) and will include appetizers, dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase by the attendee.