Marijuana: Lessons from Colorado and Maine

At the 2018 SAWCA All-Committee Conference, a session discussed how recreational and medical marijuana is impacting regulators, the medical community, and businesses in Colorado and Maine. The panel was: Paul Tauriello – Director, Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation Kristi Kelly – Director, Marajuana Industry Group Dominique Mendiola – Colorado Director of Medical Coordination Paul Sighinolfi […]

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 […]

Medical Marijuana in States

An all-star cast was in place to discuss the medical marijuana trend at the SAWCA 67th Annual Convention. Paul Tauriello, Colorado Director of Workers’ Compensation, opened the session with an overview of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry, which ended the 2014 year with sales of approximately $386 MM. He noted that getting qualified applicants for law […]

Day 2 at SAWCA

Wednesday, July 22nd was an action-packed day at the SAWCA 67th Annual Convention. The day began with cyber discussions led by Bary Dalton from Federal Reserve Bank – Richmond, and Susan Gordon from Zurich NA. This session provided insight on the current cyber threats and why this has emerged so quickly in the marketplace. As […]

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