This year promises another exciting array of sessions and activities for attendees to the nation's premier workers' comp and disability event. Below are some of the features that make this a stand-out event.
Risk Scenarios Live.
This exciting new opportunity is presented through our partnership with Risk & Insurance® Magazine, published by LRP Publications, which produces the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo. This highly interactive, multimedia event is based on R&I's new website.
As explained on the site, "Risk Scenarios combine interactive technology with hypothetical risk scenarios to create compelling learning opportunities. Created by Risk & Insurance editors along with key industry thought leaders, Risk Scenarios challenge participants to first decide how they would handle a situation before learning the approach of peers and other industry experts."
The scenarios on the website consist of two parts:
- The scenario. Readers peruse the scenario and answer integrated poll questions that solicit the approach the reader would take or gain feedback to the situation.
- The analysis. Key themes in the summary are reviewed. Readers also access relevant articles and resources, learn about existing products, and discuss the scenario with other participants.
For example, the summary of a recent scenario, titled Sick Building Blues, consisted of:
A property owner whose rental property sits on a brownfield learns some hard lessons when environmental issues impact the employees in one of his buildings. If he would have acted more quickly, been more sensitive to his client's concerns, and purchased better coverage, he might have averted what now looks like substantial legal problems.
For the conference, hypothetical cases based on real claims will be presented. Panelists will be selected to dissect the case. Attendees will be able to vote via an audience polling system.
More than 30 breakout sessions will give attendees an overview as well as deep insight into the myriad challenges affecting the workers' comp and disability fields. The sessions will be categorized in the following tracks:
- Claims Solutions. A plethora of claims-related issues will be addressed by experts in a series of lectures and interactive sessions. Improving outcomes is the main focus of practitioners, and attendees will come away with solutions to hurdles in handling claims.
- Medical Management. From the opioid crisis to effective pain management to medical marijuana, there are a plethora of medical management challenges facing the industry. In addition, attendees will see some of the latest technology-driven solutions.
- Disability Management Solutions. Comorbidities, prevention and wellness, integrated disability management, and total cost of absence are among the topics in this new track.
- Legal/Regulatory Issues. A variety of legal challenges will be addressed as well as regulatory hurdles facing workers' comp/disability participants. The impact of undocumented workers on the workers' comp system, for example, and the interplay of various regulations such as the FMLA/ADA/GINA and workers' comp will be examined.
- Regional Issues. Expanding on the success of last year's regional conflicts, the conference will offer a series of programs devoted to critical issues in the larger states. Experts will discuss trends and pending legislative reforms.
Once again, the conference will be the site of the Risk & Insurance® magazine's Theodore Roosevelt Workers' Compensation and Disability Management awards. The winners are chosen for setting the bar for the industry.
Rather than honoring the award winners during the Wednesday luncheon, the 2013 recipients will be named and celebrated during an evening reception on Wednesday. Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. will host the festivities as the winners are presented with their awards. Attendees are invited to meet the award winners, network with old friends and new ones. More details and the location will be available soon.
Special general session.
One of the most popular, long-standing sessions, 60 Tips in 60 Minutes, will be presented as a stand-alone session. Presented in a fast-paced, round robin format, a panel of experts will have exactly 60 seconds to present their best strategies for practitioners -- or else!
This year's session will be held on Friday morning as a general session followed by a series of breakout sessions.
The beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino plays host to this year's conference. Located on the Las Vegas strip, the hotel is in the heart of the action. Attendees will find a 43-story all-suite tower, well-appointed meeting and guest rooms, fine dining, and plenty of space for networking.
When not participating in sessions or visiting the vast expo hall, attendees can partake of some of the hotel's unique features. Mandalay Bay Beach, for example, is located on 11 acres with 2,700 tons of real sand and a 1.6 million gallon wave pool. Overlooking the beach is the Beachside Casino with three stories of glass-fronted, climate-controlled gaming.
The hotel's larger casino is more than 135,000 square feet and is in a tropical setting.
By Nancy Grover
The 22nd annual National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference®
& Expo takes place Nov. 20-22 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
For more information, visit www.wcconference.com.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
April 29, 2013
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