IAIABC 104th Convention

Event Date: 10/1/2018 - 10/4/2018

Event Overview

 Convention AttendeesAbout the IAIABC 104th Convention

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 2017, over 320 people attended the IAIABC Convention, including representatives from 33 US and non-US jurisdictions.

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! 

Additional Programming

The 104th Convention will host an additional program that requires separate registration. 

The IAIABC & NAWCJ Workers' Compensation Mediators' College 
September 30 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, October 1 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and October 2 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
This program will provide advanced mediation training for those who are mediating in the field of workers’ compensation law. The hands-on program will allow participants to practice the mediation process from beginning to end. If you are interested in the IAIABC & NAWCJ Workers' Compensation Mediators' College, learn more at www.iaiabc.org/mediators-college.

If you are interested in attending both the IAIABC 104th Convention and the IAIABC & NAWCJ Workers' Compensation Mediators' College, register for the IAIABC & NAWCJ Workers' Compensation Mediators' College first. You will receive a coupon code in your confirmation email to use toward your Convention registration.


Thank You Sponsors

 


Save the Dates for these Future Conventions

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October 21-24, 2019
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IAIABC 106th Convention
September 21-24, 2020
Denver, Colorado


Past Conventions

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

IAIABC 102nd Convention
September 26-29, 2016
Portland, Maine

IAIABC 101st Convention
August 31-September 2, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

 
Schedule

Schedule is subject to change without notice. 

The IAIABC 104th Convention app is available now to convention registrants. Updates to the schedule will be available on the app.

Download a printable schedule

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

Sunday, September 30

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting                                                                                                              
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm IAIABC/NAWCJ Workers' Compensation Mediator's College
This program will provide advanced mediation training for those who are mediating in the field of workers’ compensation law. Included among the curriculum topics are ethics, negotiation theory, dealing with impasse, and the intersection of mediation and technology. The hands-on program will allow participants to practice the mediation process from beginning to end. It provides 18.5 hours of general mediation training, including 3 hours of ethics. Separate registration required.
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Check-In and Registration

Monday, October 1

7:30 am - 5:00 pm  Check-In and Registration
7:30 am - 5:00 pm  Marketplace
8:00 am - 9:00 am  Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 5:00 pm  IAIABC/NAWCJ Workers' Compensation Mediator's College
This program will provide advanced mediation training for those who are mediating in the field of workers’ compensation law. Included among the curriculum topics are ethics, negotiation theory, dealing with impasse, and the intersection of mediation and technology. The hands-on program will allow participants to practice the mediation process from beginning to end. It provides 18.5 hours of general mediation training, including 3 hours of ethics. Separate registration required.
8:15 am - 8:45 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  Medical Issues Committee Meeting
9:00 am - 3:45 pm  EDI Claims Committee Meeting
10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Regulation Committee Meeting
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  Lunch (on your own)
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm  Disability Management and Return to Work Committee Meeting
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Self-Insured Guaranty Funds of America (SIGFA) Board and Business Meeting (invitation only) 
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Board of Directors and Joint Committee Council Meeting
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm  Happy Hour
Step right outside of the Virginia Foyer to enjoy refreshments with friends old and new. 
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 (invitation only)

Tuesday, October 2

6:15 am - 7:00 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 
7:15 am - 5:00 pm Marketplace
7:30 am - 8:30 am   Western Association of Workers' Compensation Boards (WAWCB) Breakfast and Annual Meeting (invitation only)
7:30 am - 9:00 am Buffet Breakfast
7:30 am - 12:00 pm   SIGFA Breakfast and Meeting (invitation only)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm IAIABC/NAWCJ Workers' Compensation Mediator's College
This program will provide advanced mediation training for those who are mediating in the field of workers’ compensation law. Included among the curriculum topics are ethics, negotiation theory, dealing with impasse, and the intersection of mediation and technology. The hands-on program will allow participants to practice the mediation process from beginning to end. It provides 18.5 hours of general mediation training, including 3 hours of ethics. Separate registration required.
8:45 am - 9:45 am  A Conversation with the NextGen 
Meet the talented individuals recognized with 2nd 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  Research and Standards Committee Meeting
10:00 am - 12:00 pm  International Committee Meeting
12:00 pm - 1:30 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)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  EDI Medical ProPay Committee Meeting
1:30 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 - 3:30 pm  Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDI Medical Committee Meeting
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Associate Member Council Meeting
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
Join IAIABC President Matt Carey, Rhode Island Division of Workers' Compensation, for the President's Reception. Network with fellow attendees while enjoying reception hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the Fountain Garden.

Wednesday, October 3

7:30 am - 5:00 pm  Check-In and Registration
7:30 am - 5:00 pm  Marketplace
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)
8:00 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:00 am  President's Address
Matt Carey, IAIABC President and Chief Administrator, Rhode Island Division of Workers' Compensation
9:00 am - 10:00 am  

Innovate or Die
The evolving workforce an technology are significantly impacting the workers' compensation industry forcing important conversations about the future of workers' compensation administration. Kimberly George and Mark Walls will host this live "Out Front Ideas" event with a thought-provoking discussion on how workers' compensation administration must adapt and innovate to ensure the grand bargain survives. Topics include:
-The impact of reform on the delivery of healthcare to injured workers (including fee schedules and treatment guidelines)
-How technology can improve efficiency and reduce cost
-Regulatory impediments and the financial impact of innovation
-Improving communication with injured workers
-and more!

10:05 am - 10:50 am 

It's Not Standard: A Look at 21st Century Employment Relationships
Work in the 21st century is changing. Employment relationships in the 21st century are changing. Learn the complex and nuanced landscape of how workers are connected to work and the implications for health, safety, and workers' compensation in the future.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm  EDI Systems Committee Meeting
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Dispute Resolution Committee Meeting
10:50 am - 11:00 am   Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm  More Work to Be Done: Legacy Claims with Opioids Part 1
Think we can stop talking about opioids? Think again. There are still injured workers receiving opioids for work injuries and it is our responsibility to help them. During this two-part session you will learn solutions being successfully implemented to help injured workers safety recover from opioid dependence and addiction.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Global Solutions
How workers’ compensation is administered may vary globally, but many of the issues government, workers, employers, and insurers are the same. Hear strategies, ideas, and practical solutions industry stakeholders are adopting around the world to handle some of the industry’s most pressing challenges.
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm  Awards Luncheon (open to all Convention registrants)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm  More Work to Be Done: Legacy Claims with Opioids Part 2
Continue the discussion on solutions to help injured workers safely recover from opioid dependence and addiction.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm  The NY Black Car Fund - An Innovative Compensation Solutions for a Rapidly Evolving "Gig Economy World"
This panel will provide the historical context for the Black Car Fund model, legally and operationally, discuss how changing industry dynamics in both the insurance and for-hire industries have made this “innovative solution” a viable option, and explore the future of this paradigm for application to other independent contractor industries, and how it may survive, or even thrive, in an automated vehicle world.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDI XML Task Group Meeting
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Diggin' the Data
Many times policy proposals are informed by anecdote and emotion. However, when you dig into the data, solutions may not be so clear. Gain thoughtful insights on current issues as leading research organizations dig into the details.
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Return to Work Initiatives with the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy
The U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, promotes disability employment-related policies and practices, advancing the employment of individuals with disabilities. During this session, learn about the policies, resources, and programs ODEP has available for states and industry stakeholders, such as the RETAIN grant and SEED, particularly aimed at stay-at-work and return to work efforts.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm  EDI Proof of Coverage Committee Meeting
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm  Understanding WC Disputes: How Should We Measure Performance?
This session will explore the common (and unique) elements and practices involved across jurisdictions in providing workers’ compensation dispute resolution services. It will provide an in-depth look at shared aspects of these services among six US jurisdictions and present a model for how performance can be compared across all jurisdictions. Of particular interest will be an examination of the gap between high performing and low performing outcomes on some bedrock dispute metrics, e.g., speed to hearing, speed to decision, % decisions appealed, which could potentially help identify best practices that a jurisdiction might consider to improve performance.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  A Harvest Celebration
Attendees will enjoy local fall flavors at the Williamsburg Inn's Oval Garden.

Thursday, October 4

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 - 10:00 am   The Unheard Voice
Appreciate the opportunity to hear how the system can better serve employees to fulfill the promise of workers’ compensation.
9:00 am - 12:15 pm  EDI Council Meeting
10:00 am - 11:00 am  Life After Settlement: Advocacy After Claim Closes
Is there patient advocacy after injured workers settle their claims? This session discusses post-settlement life with - and without - professional administration. Without it, injured workers must negotiate medical payments without medical networks or drug discounts, attend to fee schedules, and handle complicated Medicare/CMS reporting on their own. Without reporting guidance, injured workers may misuse medical funds and jeopardize future Medicare benefits. This is a ticking time bomb that should concern all stakeholders. With a professional administrator, networks and discounts reduce medical/pharmacy costs, there are reporting tools and services, someone will answer questions 24/7, and clinical advocates will monitor care in complex cases.
10:00 am - 11:00 am   Improving Outcomes by Predicting the Future
What is the likelihood a claim is going to turn bad? What about where accidents are most likely to occur? Or the odds of an injured worker's impairment becoming a disability? Attend this session to learn how regulatory agencies and insurers are using predictive analytics to help prevent injuries, mitigate harm, and aid recovery. At the end of the session, attendees will be invited to share the ways their organizations are using predictive analytics.
11:15 am - 12:15 pm  What Will Your Story Be? A Sneak Peek at the Oregon Premium Rate Rank Study
Get a sneak peek of the 2018 Oregon Premium Rate Ranking study followed by discussion of how to frame the study to tell a compelling story about your jurisdiction's workers' compensation system.

Location

Conference Venue and Hotel

The IAIABC 104th Convention takes place in historic Williamsburg, VA at the Williamsburg Lodge.

Williamsburg Lodge
310 S England Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA

The Hotel room block has ended. 

Air Travel

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is approximately 26 miles from the Williamsburg Lodge. 
Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is approximately 44 miles from the Williamsburg Lodge. 
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is approximately 46 miles from the Williamsburg Lodge. 

Transportation

Taxis

Local Taxi companies include Norfolk Checker Taxi, Yellow Cab, Airport Taxi, Galaxy Cab, etc.

Newport News Cost: $47-53
Travel Time: Approx. 20 minutes

Norfolk Cost: $118-135
Travel Time: Approx. 45 minutes

Richmond Cost: $115-132
Travel Time: Approx. 45 minutes

Uber and Lyft

Newport News One Way Cost: Uber $25-33  Uber XL $36-47 Lyft $28  Lyft Plus $40
Travel time: Approximately 20 minutes

Norfolk One Way Cost: Uber $48-64  Uber XL $72-95 Lyft $53  Lyft Plus $79
Travel time: Approximately 45 minutes

Richmond One Way Cost: Uber $48-64  Uber XL $90-120 Lyft $56   Lyft Plus $101
Travel time: Approximately 45 minutes

Limousine/Town Car

Companies: James River Transportation, Super Shuttle, Williamsburg Chauffer, and Horseless Carriage Limo, etc.

Newport News Round Trip Cost: $120-300
Travel Time: Approx. 20 minutes

Norfolk Round Trip Cost: $120-300
Travel Time: Approx. 45 minutes

Richmond Round Trip Cost: $252-400 
Travel Time: Approx. 45 minutes

Tidewater Coach is offering a discount for round trip transportation. Click here for more information.

Marrow Transportation is offering a discount for round trip transportation. Click here for more information.

Add-Ons
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
6:15 AM - 7:00 AM Tuesday Morning Yoga
Take the opportunity to focus on your health and fitness during this early morning yoga session. Relax your mind and work your body before the day begins. Participants are asked to RSVP during online registration to save a mat. There is no cost to participate, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited to first 20 RSVPs.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM President's Reception Guest Ticket
This ticket is for individuals NOT registered for the IAIABC 104th Convention who would like to attend the evening social event.
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 1 at 6:30 pm. Dinner (location to be determined) will include appetizers, dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase by the attendee.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Attendee Reception Guest Ticket
This ticket is for individuals NOT registered for the 104th Convention who would like to attend the evening social event.