2015 NWCDC Conference Agenda Now Available
Popular workers’ comp bloggers Rebecca Shafer, David DePaolo, Bob Wilson, and Joe Paduda, presenting at the 2014 NWCDC.
The just-released agenda for the 24th annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo reveals an event planned to provide strategies and practical solutions for work comp’s most pressing challenges.
During the event, to be held Nov. 11-13 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, you won’t just hear about the problems, like the rising pharmaceutical costs and questionable prescribing practices employers and other workers’ comp payers face.
You can also learn to address those problems, by hearing directly from employers like Wal-Mart. The retailer will share its practices for managing prescription expenses and improving utilization.
The conference producers worked to provide breakout sessions that will instruct on getting the most from work comp’s current service offerings.
Liberty Mutual’s Helmsman Management Services and Home Depot will team up, for example, to explain how to apply nurse case managers to glean the best results from their work. Pacific Gas and Electric and WorkCare Inc. will similarly present results from a telephonic injury assistance program for injured employees.
The agenda also shows that the conference will provide an opportunity to learn about the controversial and game-changing events underway in workers’ comp. For instance, two speakers will present opposing perspectives on the movement to allow employers to opt out of state workers’ comp systems.
You can also learn how to determine whether workers’ comp service providers are doing their best work for your program by hearing Southwest Airlines describe the quality assurance program it employs for vendor selection and management.
The conference program also includes a Disability Management track with breakout presentations like Reyes Holdings, an employer with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide, detailing how it successfully mitigated worker disabilities, productivity and absences with an integrated absence management program.
For more information or to register, visit the conference website.
Aquifers Approaching Point of No Return
A new pair of studies show many of the largest aquifers are being depleted at alarming rates. Out of 37 of the world’s largest aquifers, more than 21 are past sustainability tipping points, which means that the rate of withdrawal exceeds the rate of replenishment.
Of those at highest risk, 13 are on the verge of exceeding the point at which they may not come back.
In a June 17 PBS NewsHour broadcast, Professor James S. Famiglietti of the University of California, Irvine, the lead author of one of those reports, discusses the potential impact of the dwindling supply of freshwater resources.
Famiglietti’s comments support those of experts interviewed for Aquifer: Nothing in the Bank, part of R&I’s April 2015 Emerging Risks special coverage. In the April article, experts discussed the deep impact of the depletion of California’s Central Valley aquifer on agriculture, as well as the ripple effects for real estate, construction, energy production and more.
VIDEO: Reports confirm that California’s Central Valley has been losing about 5.5. trillion gallons of groundwater per year for the last four years.