The National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network has released the agenda for it’s upcoming seminar being held in Chicago on October 3 & 4. The group offers two seminars every year that are complimentary for employers and insurance professionals. 

Specifically, the agenda for the October seminar includes: 

1) YOU WANT TO PUT HOW MUCH UP ON THAT FILE? Special handling instructions, reserving procedures, and litigation management are all very important elements of running a tight claims operation. Lines of communication between the Employer, TPA and Defense Counsel are often key elements necessary to avoid ugly surprises or unreserved exposure. This panel of experts from both the Employer and TPA side will discuss best practices and how to run a tight ship and avoid those nasty surprises!

2) Storm clouds of MILLION DOLLAR Exposures – Are they returning following the recent 6th Circuit Court of Appeal Decision in Brown v. Cassens Transport Co.?
Defense attorney Janet Lanyon will discuss recent case law opening the door to the filing of federal racketeering claims against employers and workers' compensation claim administrators.

3) WEIGHT A MINUTE! – Is body weight really a factor to consider in claims management? How does body weight impact workers’ compensation costs? Dr. Tom Gilliam, President of Industrial Physical Capability Services, Inc. and other members of a distinguished panel will discuss the impact of obesity upon the cost of workers’ compensation claims and discuss possible solutions.

4) DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU…Managing leaves of absences for injured employees and staying compliant with the ever changing laws can be a full time job. A panel of experts will discuss the interrelationship between the ADA, FMLA, and workers' compensation law and help keep you out of hot water.

5) TREAD MEDICARE-FULLY – Update on Medicare – related issue.
Attorneys Kathleen Wyeth, Medicare Specialist at Accident Fund Holdings, Inc., and John Cattie, Medicare Secondary Payer Attorney at Garretson Resolution Group, will bring you up-to-date on Medicare related issues and settlement options.

6) JUST SAY NO! Narcotic Management and the Role of the Treating Physician – Dr. Theresa Bartlett, Senior Vice President and Medical Director for Sedgwick CMS, will discuss the role of narcotics and proper narcotic usage and management in the workers compensation setting.

7) DO WE OWE THAT – REALLY? Claim compensability scenarios by NWCDN defense attorney panels, state-by-state.

8) Just Call Me “Friend” – Using social media content in disputed work comp claims and other litigated matters.

If you have not already signed up for the Chicago Conference I would encourage you to do so. The NWCDN always presents a high quality seminar, and they are a dynamic group of people to be around. 

You may get more information and register here. I hope to see you in Chicago!

About NWCDN:

The NWCDN is a nationwide and Canadian network of independent, AV rated law firms organized to network to their clients’ benefit by providing counsel, advice, education, expertise and representation of the highest quality to their respective clients in the field of workers’ compensation and related employer liability needs. Its members are committed to providing up to date and cost-effective legal counsel to their clients while adhering to the highest ethical standards of the profession.

The organization presents quality programs addressing cutting-edge legal and claims management issues and provides pertinent information to clients who wish to use the network for access to legal representation and advice. Members are located in major cities throughout the United States and Canada which gives national perspective to each members’ hands-on, local approach to workers compensation law and practice.

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