Medical Marijuana – Beyond the Obvious

At the 2016 SAWCA Annual Conference, a panel discussed a variety of issues associated with medical marijuana. The panel was: Dr. Robert Howell – Georgia GHSE Eric Haines – Chief Deputy – Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Michael Minardi – Chairman – Regulate Florida Reggie Garcia – United for Care Tom Glasson – Government Affairs Officer […]

Delays in the Workers’ Compensation System

At the SAWCA Annual Conference, a panel discussed delays in the workers’ compensation system. The panel was: Shannon Bruno Bishop – Administrative Law Judge, State of Louisiana William Underwood – Attorney – Albany, GA Ryan Brannan – Commissioner – Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation David Havlicek – Attorney – Orlando, FL Frank […]

Telemedicine Case Study

At the 2016 SAWCA Annual Conference, Tearsanne Carlisle Davis from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Center for Telehealth, discussed how they are using telehealth to enhance care for patients.  She started by saying they do NOT provide telehealth for workers’ compensation because of the complexities associated with that.  Telehealth lets doctors examine and treat […]

Robotics & Technology Advances

At the 2016 SAWCA Annual Conference, Dr Sharon Heise, Associate Director of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) provided a preview of the coming age of robotics. Sensory assistance is one area where technology can be very useful in workers’ compensation. Traumatic injury can lead to sensory loss. Much of their so work […]

Technology’s Impact on Medical Care

At the 2016 SAWCA Annual Conference a panel discussed how new technology is changing the medical community. The panel was: Jarrod Magan – VP of Client Technology Services – Sedgwick Tammy Boyd – Vice President of Business Development & Marketing – NeuroInternational Jill Rosenthal – SVP and Chief Medical Officer – Zenith Insurance Robert Snyder […]

SAWCA Annual Conference

This week Conference Chronicles will be blogging from the SAWCA Annual Conference in Sandestin, FL.  The Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators focuses on interaction, education, and collegiality among state regulators from 21 jurisdictions. Conference attendees include regulators, judges, and a wide variety of industry stakeholders.  You can learn more about the event HERE

SAWCA Regulators Roundtable

The 2016 SAWCA Annual Convention kicked off with a Regulators Roundtable where workers’ compensation regulators from various jurisdictions discussed a variety of industry issues. The panel was moderated by John Williams the Commissioner from Virginia and featured representatives from sixteen jurisdictions. Attorney Fees The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that the part of their statute […]

EEOC and ADA Compliance

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference, Richard Mrizek with the U.S. EEOC office in Chicago and Matt Morris, VP of FMLA Resources with ComPsych, discussed issues surrounding ADA compliance and EEOC enforcement actions. In 2015, there was a record number of ADA activity before the EEOC. This included almost 27,000 complaints – over 30% of […]

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Using a Vendor for ADA Accommodation

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference, a panel talked about Walmart’s experience shifting to a vendor to manage their Accommodation Process. The speakers were: Herminio Vargas – Senior Manager Integrated Absence Management – Walmart Ben Cormack – Senior Manager Integrated Absence Management – Walmart Shawn Johnson – SVP Client Services – Sedgwick According to a […]

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Integrated Disability Management

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference a panel discussed the challenges of multiple laws regulating disability management the benefits of an integrated disability management program. The panel was: Jane Ryan – Return to Work Recovery and Claims Services – Mayo Clinic Trina Mouton – Manager Disability Management & Wellness – CenterPoint Energy Patrick Leary – […]

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