Top researchers, insurers, and strategists highlight regional track
Some of the nation's foremost workers' comp practitioners will be on hand to look at trends in specific parts of the country in the Regional Issues track.
Below is a summary of each session in the track.
Workers' Compensation Carriers Reveal the State of the Market. The panelists are:
- John Leonard, president and CEO, MEMIC, Portland, Maine.
- Mark Wilhelm, CEO, Safety National, St. Louis, Mo.
- Patrick Walsh, vice president and chief claims officer, Accident Fund Holdings Inc., New Berlin, Wis.
The moderator is Mark Noonan, managing principal, casualty practice, Integro Insurance Brokers, Boston.
The workers' comp insurance market is going great guns in some jurisdictions while others struggle with rate structures and other hurdles. What are the trends in rates? What are some of the major cost drivers? Where is the market headed both nationally and on a regional basis? This prestigious panel of workers' comp insurance specialists looks at the state of the market to bring the market's outlook into perspective.
They will identify the latest regional trends in the workers' comp insurance marketplace, examine what drives these trends, offer insight into what the excess insurance market is undergoing, and discuss key triggers for market changes.
The session will be held Nov. 20 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
California's Legislative Reform: Lessons Learned. The speakers include:
- Steve Cattolica, director of government relations, AdvoCal, Sacramento, Calif.
- Carolyn Horton, regional workers' compensation manager, Costco Wholesale, Los Angeles.
- Mark Webb, vice president andgeneral counsel, Pacific Compensation Insurance Company, Agoura Hills, Calif.
The moderator is Mark Walls, senior vice president - workers' compensation market research leader, Marsh, St. Louis, Mo.
S.B. 863 unleashed massive changes to California's workers' comp system. Aimed at helping the case of employers, insurers, and injured workers alike, it is starting to become apparent what is working as well as the unintended consequences. Representatives of the employer, insurer, and medical communities will discuss the day-to-day implications of the reform legislation along with changes that might be needed. They will examine the goals of this legislation and why certain tools were chosen to reach the goals. They will also offer strategies that could help with implementing reforms in other jurisdictions.
The session takes place Nov. 21 from 8:45-10 a.m.
Regional Trends in Workers' Comp Research. The panel consists of:
- Harry Shuford, chief economist, NCCI, Boca Raton, Fla.
- Alex Swedlow, president, California Workers' Compensation Institute, San Francisco.
- Richard A. Victor, executive director, Workers Compensation Research Institute, Cambridge, Mass.
The moderator will be Joseph Paduda, principal, Health Strategy Associates, and author, ManagedCareMatters blog, Madison, Conn.
Cutting-edge research from three of the nation's preeminent workers' comp organizations is the focus of this prestigious panel discussion. CWCI, NCCI, and WCRI are consistently at the forefront of analysis leading to operational changes in the system. Leaders of these organizations will delve into the latest trends impacting geographic regions, compare and contrast outcomes among and within various regions, and discuss what changes may be forthcoming to the system based on the latest research. They will also engage in a high-level discussion and answer attendees' questions.
The session will be held Nov. 21 from 10:45 a.m.-noon.
Emerging Trends in the Adopting of Medical Treatment Guidelines. The panelists are:
- Phil LeFevre, director of strategy, Work Loss Data Institute, Encinitas, Calif.
- Ken Eichler, government and insurance services, guidelines division, The Reed Group, New York, N.Y.
- Douglas Benner, M.D., chief medical officer, EK Health, San Jose, Calif.
The moderator is Denise Gillen-Algire, principal, Risk Navigation Group, Albuquerque, N.M.
Medical treatment guidelines are in force or under consideration in most states to try to contain medical costs. But with so many versions in effect, how do we know what's working and what's not? This panel of experts will delve into the most popular MTGs, explain how they have evolved, and demonstrate their outcomes. Attendees will come to understand the three main approaches to MTGs and explain the difference between evidence-based and consensus-based guidelines. Attendees will be able to spot the influence of the medical device lobby in actions taken by workers' comp administrators and see where MTGs are moving next. A physician will also be on hand to offer a unique perspective on working within various MTGs.
The session takes place Nov. 21 from 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Legislative Reforms and How They Will Impact You.The speakers are:
- Darrell Brown, chief performance officer, Sedgwick, Long Beach, Calif.
- Sean McDaniel, director, claims management, Veolla Environmental Services, Lombard, Ill.
- Becky Robinson, assistant vice president, Hobby Lobby, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Workers' comp practitioners who are unprepared for legislative changes can be blindsided by the effects on their business operations. But those who understand the reasons for the discussions can anticipate and embrace reforms. The savviest employers know how to make their voices heard in state capitals. This panel of workers' comp professionals will examine key factors driving crucial changes, evaluate the scope of reforms being considered in key states, discuss the most recent legislative changes, and suggest ways employers can influence future legislative discussions.
The session will be held Nov. 22 from 10-11:15 a.m.
By Nancy Grover
The 22nd annual National Workers' Compensation and Disability ConferenceŽ
& Expo takes place Nov. 20-22 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The conference is produced by LRP Publications. For more information, visit the conference website at www.wcconference.com.
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August 12, 2013
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