Presumption Laws

At the 2018 SAWCA All Committee Conference, a session discussed presumption laws in workers’ compensation. The speakers were: Karl Aumann – Chairman, Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission Robert Stokes – Attorney, Flahive, Ogden & Latson (Texas) Many states have presumption laws for first responders including firefighters, police officers, and EMTs. The purpose of these presumption laws […]

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 […]

Chronic Pain Management

At the 2018 Comp Laude Gala, the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation hosted sessions focused on rethinking pain management. The panel for this session was: Mark Walls – Safety National (moderator) Patricia Cole PhD – Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Marcos Iglesias MD – Broadspire Alan Pierce – Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano Becky Curtis – […]

Treating Pre-Pain and Acute Pain

At the 2018 Comp Laude Gala, the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation hosted sessions focused on rethinking pain management. The panel for this session was: Anita Breedlove – One Call (moderator) Maja Jurisic, MD – Concentra Frank Lovecchio, DO – Banner Health Chrysten Shea – AkosMD Dawn Watkins – LAUSD Pain by definition is […]

Managing Complex and Catastrophic Claims

At the 2018 Comp Laude Awards and Gala, a panel discussed the challenges of managing complex claims. The panel was: Eddy Canavan – Sedgwick Tamara Ulufanua-Ciraulo – Stater Brothers Darin Hampton – International Paper Susanne Walden – Scripps Health Dawn Watkins – LAUSD One of the challenges in managing complex claims can be employee unions. […]

Controlling Opioids in Workers’ Compensation

At the 2018 IAIABC Annual Conference a panel discussed efforts to control inappropriate opioid use in workers’ compensation claims. The speakers were: Dr Gary Franklin – Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industry Dr Dinesh Govindarao – Chief Medical Officer, State Compensation Insurance Fund Joe Paduda – Principal, Health Strategy Associates The opioid […]

IAIABC Regulators Roundtable

At the 2018 IAIABC Annual Conference, regulators from the attending jurisdictions discussed some current issues of interest. Challenge of Technology: There is a lot more we could be doing with regard to technology. Part of the challenge to this is an aging workforce (on the regulatory and judicial side) that is somewhat resistant to change. […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

At the IAIABC Annual Convention in Williamsburg, VA, Celena Thompson, clinical psychologist with the Hampton VA Medical Center discussed how the VA diagnoses PTSD. With more states considering PTSD legislation under workers’ compensation, it is important for legislators and regulators to consider coming up with rules around the diagnosis of this condition. The VA’s diagnostic […]

Understanding Business Financial Acumen

At the 2018 Workers’ Compensation Institute conference in Orlando, FL, the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation presented a half-day session focused on helping people gain a greater understanding of business financial acumen. The session featured a panel discussion with leaders in the workers’ compensation industry. The panel was: Veronica Cressman – SVP, ESIS Artemis […]

The Importance of Including Essential Job Demands in Job Descriptions

There are several benefits associated with including the essential physical job demands on job descriptions. This session at WCI’s 2018 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference provided tips to correctly craft essential job demands. The panel included: Carrie Manges, PTA, Regional Work Comp Specialist, CORA Physical Therapy Jaime Sigurdsson, CEAS, Director of Workers’ Compensation, CORA Physical Therapy […]

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