IAIABC 105th Convention

Event Date: 10/21/2019 - 10/24/2019

Event Overview

Convention AttendeesAbout the IAIABC 105th 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 2018, over 290 people attended the IAIABC Convention, including representatives from 43 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! 

Click here for a listing of attendee organizations from the past two years.

Thank You Sponsors

Save the Date for Future Conventions

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September 21-24, 2020
Denver, Colorado

IAIABC 107th Convention
September 20-23, 2021
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Past Conventions

IAIABC 104th Convention
October 1-4, 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia

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

Fee End Date Description Amount
10/9/2019 IAIABC Member Standard Rate $915.00
Fee End Date Description Amount
10/9/2019 Non-Member Standard Rate $1,040.00
Fee End Date Description Amount
10/1/2019 Speaker Rate $765.00
Judicial Program
Fee End Date Description Amount
10/9/2019 IAIABC & NAWCJ Mediators' Program ONLY $150.00

The IAIABC 105th Convention Program 

Schedule is subject to change without notice. Registrants of the IAIABC 105th Convention are welcome to attend any committee meeting on the schedule.

Click here for a printable schedule

Sunday, October 20, 2019 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Board of Directors' Meeting

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

Check-In and Registration 

Monday, October 21, 2019

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Check-In and Registration 


The Lounge

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Hot Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:45 am 

New Attendee Orientation

9:45 am - 10:00 am 


10:00 am - 11:30 am

Medical Issues Committee Meeting

Speaker: William Reed Jr., Blue Valley Surgical Associates

Regulation Committee Meeting
EDI XML Task Group Meeting
Data Governance: Eight Crucial Steps to Success

This 90-minute presentation will offer methodology for a successful data governance program that includes eight crucial steps. Also, the presentation will identify ways to customize common data governance organizational models, and note the roles and responsibilities needed for success in data governance for insurance organizations.

Speaker: Ann Marie Smith, EW Solutions

11:30 am - 1:00 pm 

Lunch (on your own) 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Disability Management and Return to Work Committee Meeting

Speaker: Dr. X. J. Ethan Moses, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

EDI Claims Committee Meeting

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Dispute Resolution Committee Meeting

Speaker: David Torrey, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Research and Standards Committee Meeting

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Board of Directors and Joint Committee Council Meeting

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm 

Happy Hour

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 

New Attendee Dinner- additional cost

Is this your first time at an IAIABC Convention? Meet fellow new attendees during this New Attendee Dinner. Additional fee includes dinner and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Check-In and Registration 


The Lounge

7:30 am - 9:00 am 

Western Association of Workers' Compensation Boards (WAWCB) Breakfast and Annual Meeting (invitation only)

8:00 am - 9:00 am 

Hot Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am 

Welcome and President's Address

10:00 am - 10:15 am 


10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

IAIABC & NAWCJ Workers' Compensation Mediators' Program

View the agenda here

10:15 am - 11:45 am 

International Committee Meeting

10:15 am - 12:15 pm 

EDI Jurisdictional Forum 

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm 

Lunch (on your own) 

Heads of Delegation Luncheon (invitation only) Sponsored by Concentra

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm 

EDI Medical Provider to Payer (ProPay) Committee Meeting

1:45 pm - 3:30 pm 

Heads of Delegation and Associate Members' Forum (open to all Convention registrants)

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm  


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

EDI Medical Committee Meeting

Associate Member Council Meeting

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm 

Heads of Delegation Forum (open to jurisdictional agency staff only)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 

8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Check-In and Registration 


The Lounge

8:00 am - 9:00 am 

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

Northeastern States Association Regional Breakfast (invitation only)

Central States Association Regional Breakfast (invitation only)

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am 

Keynote Presentation: The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Change

Strickland delivers a profoundly simple, optimistic message for leaders: give people the tools they need, treat them with respect, and they will perform miraculous deeds. He also delves into his story of hope: of how a kid from Pittsburgh's ghetto would go on to lecture at Harvard and serve on the board of the National Endowment of the Arts; of his meeting with a pottery teacher who would change his life; of growing a near-bankrupt community center into one of the most acclaimed social organizations in the world. Throughout, he shares his powerful set of beliefs: for example, that we all make ourselves "poor" in one way or another when we accept that we are not smart, experiences, or talented enough to accomplish something. "A successful life is not something you simply pursue-it is something that you create, moment by moment."

Speaker: Bill Strickland, Speaker, Founder, and Executive Chairman of Manchester Bidwell

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Changing the Story of Unnecessary Work Disability

Work Disability had been described as one of the biggest social and labor market challenges that hinders economic growth and reduces effective labor supply. Unnecessary work disability is a story with a beginning, middle, and end and unfolds as a complex phenomenon of motivations, fears, thoughts, and behavior. Understanding this can help us better support and nudge workers who may be stuck in their recovery. 

Speaker: Jason Parker, Centrix

10:15 am - 11:30 am

Dispute Resolution Standardization Project

Speakers: WorkComp Strategies Project Team: Matt Bryant, Mitchell Scott, Greg Krohm, David Sprick, Mike Manley

10:15 am - 12:15 pm

EDI Proof of Coverage Committee Meeting

11:00 am - 11:35 am


11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Technology for Claims Management

Top 5 Technologies Likely to Impact Claims Management: In this session, we look at how sophisticated and evolving technologies like AI, robotic process automation, voice recognition, chat bots, block chain and more can be applied to claims management to help provide better efficiency, service and outcomes for the injured party.

Speaker: Rebecca Morgan Mitchell

Using AI to Forecast Medical Exposure for Claims: Claims adjusters under-reserve medical claims by 30% and Nurses over reserve 30%. Is there a way to use data science to forecast medical exposure for claims accurately? Explore using AI to accurately forecast medical treatment & costs for claims instantly!

Speakers: Deborah Watkins and Jim Paugh, Carebridge International

11:35 am - 12:15 pm

Modernizing the Workers' Compensation Organization

Workers' Compensation regulators in the public sector face significant challenges in today's environment that will not subside in the future. Challenging industry dynamics such as the definition of "worker" in the gig economy and the rapid technological advancements in medicine put pressure on workers' compensation to expand service delivery models. These pressures conflict with public sector pressures to control costs, reduce fraud, and be more transparent. This session will discuss six strategies for workers' compensation organizations to address these industry dynamics, as well as the five areas of the organization that provide the foundation for all modernization efforts.

Speaker: Shadya Yazback, Deloitte

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm 

Awards Luncheon

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm 

Building a Patient-Centric Work Comp System

Presenters from Rhode Island's Arrigan Center explore a hypothetic workers' compensation system that fully embraces an injured workers' biopsychosocial health and encourages resiliency while shortening durations of disability.

Speakers: Bill Massey and Kayla Villegas, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Arrigan Center

Collect, Analyze, and Respond: An Executive's Guide to IAIABC EDI Standards

One way workers' compensation agencies can advance the system is to utilize data for performance management. This session will provide an executive-level summary of the IAIABC's EDI Standards and how they can be implemented to develop performance measures. Understand what information you can collect and what system and policy questions you can answer with the data. Don't worry--no technical speak allowed!

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

EDI Systems Committee Meeting

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm 


2:30 pm - 3:45 pm 

Conundrums and Controversy: A Conversation on Permanent Impairment

Determining a fair and equitable method to compensate permanent impairment has been a policy conversation conundrum for more than 100 years. Recent court decisions questioning the application of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment have once again fueled the controversy. This panel will explore complexities of permanent impairment and identify opportunities to bring clarity to the system.

Moderators: Mark Walls, Safety National; Kimberly George, Sedgwick

Wiring Workers' Compensation for a Global Future

The economy of tomorrow is built on global supply chains and trade agreements. This new environment raises questions about equitable employment policies that promote the health and safety of all workers. Panelists will discuss how occupational safety and workers' compensation needs to be wired across jurisdictions to prepare for a global workforce.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

A Conversation with the NextGen

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

President's Reception (open to all Convention registrants)

Thursday, October 24, 2019 

8:00 am - 10:45 am 

Check-In and Registration 


8:00 am - 9:00 am 

Hot Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:00 am 

IAIABC Business Meeting

9:15 am - 10:15 am 

Plenary Session

10:15 am - 10:30 am 


10:15 am - 12:15 pm 

EDI Council Meeting

10:30 am - 11:45 am

The Future of Safety and Health in the Workplace

Hear about the future of occupational safety and health programming in the wake of advances in computing, telecommunications, predictive analytics, automation & robotics, and artificial intelligence. Also, explore how program in Pennsylvania and California are working to reduce job-related injuries and illnesses among workers.

Speakers: Irina Nemirovsky, California Department of Industrial Relations; Ibraheem (Abe) Al-Tarawneh, Prevention and Protection Consulting, LLC; Scott Weiant, Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Medical Management of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD claims arise when a worker is exposed to a life-threatening event in the workplace. Michael Coupland, RPsych, Medical Director at IMCS Group, will present on the prevention of claims through effective Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and the diagnosis, causality and treatment of claims should they occur.

Speaker: Michael Coupland, IMCS Group



Conference Venue and Hotel

The IAIABC 105th Convention will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at The Westin Pittsburgh. The Westin Pittsburgh is offering a reduced room rate of $189 per night (not including taxes or fees). The cut off to reserve your room at the reduced rate is September 27, 2019. Rooms will go quickly, so make your reservation early.

The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 USA

Book Your Room

Mention "IAIABC Convention" when reserving your room.

Make your reservation online

Phone: +1 (412)-281-3700

Air Travel

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is approximately 20 miles from The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. 

Allegheny County Airport (AGC) is approximately 11 miles from The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh.



Local Taxi companies include Checker Cab, Yellow Cab, Cranberry Taxi, zTrip, etc.

Pittsburgh International Cost: $65
Travel Time: Approx. 35 minutes

Allegheny Cost: $40
Travel Time: Approx. 30 minutes

Uber and Lyft

Pittsburgh International One Way Cost: Uber $40  Uber XL $50 Lyft $36-40 Lyft XL $55-60
Travel time: Approximately 35 minutes

Allegheny One Way Cost: Uber $27 Uber XL $40 Lyft $24-28  Lyft Plus $36-40
Travel time: Approximately 30 minutes

Monday, October 21, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Guest Ticket Pass
This ticket is for individuals NOT registered for the IAIABC 105th Convention. Purchase of the Guest Pass allows the guest access to breakfasts throughout the week, happy hour, and the President's Reception.
6:30 PM - 8:00 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 21 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.