National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference

presented by Risk & Insurance

National Comp 2021 Conference Program

2021 Call for Presentations is Now Open. Learn more and submit your proposal today.

National Comp 2021: A Program for The World We Work in Right Now

Uncertainty remains a factor for events in the coming year, but of this, we’re sure: National Comp is planning an exciting program for 2021. We’re eager to bring everyone together to share the tools and ideas that will move our community forward through the challenging times ahead.

Like all of you, we’re eager to get face-to-face with our friends and peers again — safely — in our Vegas home at Mandalay Bay, October 20-22. National Comp will offer thought-provoking ideas and tangible tools and strategies to drive improvement through difficult times, and keep moving forward.

National Comp is proud to provide thoughtfully curated content that spans the gamut of workers’ comp and injury prevention issues employers face. Secure your slot on our program to present among the top workers’ comp professionals and thought leaders shaping our industry.

For 2021, we’re looking at the issues employers are facing right now, and those that lie ahead. Our program will showcase innovative ideas and solutions that align with today’s rapidly changing workers’ compensation environment.

We invite proposals that address the full spectrum of issues facing employers and claims payers, ranging from regulatory complexity to opioid management and preventing musculoskeletal injuries, to effective nurse case management strategies and eliminating barriers to return to work. We’re also seeking solutions and insights on the new and evolving issues that are top of mind for many, including:

  • Applying lessons learned during the pandemic to our present and future
  • The expansion of telehealth and how to leverage it wisely
  • Moving to a proactive approach for managing mental health claims
  • Emphasizing a culture of health over an injury-management culture
  • Maintaining access to quality care in stressed health care system
  • Combatting complacency in the COVID world and beyond
  • What must we do to prepare for the federal legalization of cannabis

Reviewers will evaluate all proposals based on overall quality, relevance to the industry, defined focus within the educational track structure, practical applications of material for attendees, timeliness of the topic and speakers’ qualifications.

What You Need to Know

about speaking at national comp 2021

Please take the time to download and read through National Comp's 2021 proposal requirements and useful suggestions for crafting a dynamic proposal.


Important Deadlines

  • Application Closes: March 12, 2021
  • Final Selection Notification: April 30
If you have any questions or problems submitting this form, email [email protected].

2021 Educational Program Core Values

The profound challenges of 2020 have only served to reinforce National Comp’s educational mission. As we select educational presentations for 2021, we’re looking for content that reflects these fundamental themes, common to all of us across industry sectors.

  • Workers Are the Most Vital Asset. Essential workers have been dubbed the heroes of the pandemic period, but all workers are essential, and we share the goals of keeping them safe, and helping injured workers heal. We’re working toward an environment where advocacy is no longer a topic or a program, it’s just what we do. Our educational content should reflect the strong worker-centric ethos the industry needs to meet whatever challenges come next.
  • Technology Is a Strategic Tool. The adaptability of technology has been at the core of solving problems we’ve never faced before, putting viable solutions into the hands of the organizations that need them most. Innovative sensor technology, AI-driven analytics and even facial recognition are now tools being used in ways no one could have imagined even a few years ago. We’re striving to infuse technology throughout our program offerings, with a focus on how it fits into the overall context of the problems organizations are facing now.
  • Resilience Is Essential. As our industry weathers the remainder of this pandemic, we’re asking “How can we be better prepared for the next crisis?” With this year’s programming, we want to facilitate more discussions about the industry’s future, about the influences reshaping the industry, and about the tools that employers and workers’ comp professionals need to adapt and excel.
  • Insurance Is Foundational. When you peel back the layers, it’s clear that insurance isn’t just about policies and rates. In an uncertain world, the contribution of brokers and carriers goes beyond claims, providing organizations with the essential support they need to solve problems and grow their organizations. National Comp’s mission is to embrace the full range of risk mitigation from prevention through claims management through risk transfer strategies, helping strengthen employers’ workers’ comp risk mitigation programs.

2021 Educational Program Tracks

We’ve aligned our session tracks to reflect the scope of the complex issues facing the industry now and moving forward. We seek presentations and presenters that will help attendees address the issues and trends they face across these categories. National Comp seeks a mixture of critical topics, hot-button issues and emerging challenges throughout these tracks.

  • Medical Management/Pharmaceuticals. Navigating a path to the best possible medical outcome isn’t always clear. Advanced diagnostics and treatments aren’t always well understood. Meanwhile, the evolving landscapes of pain management and specialty pharmaceuticals continue to leave the employer and payer communities with more questions than answers. Industry professionals need fresh ideas to help them secure high-quality care for injured workers, while also ensuring that care is appropriate for each individual and cost effective for the payer.
  • Legal/Regulatory. The legal and regulatory landscape impacting the workers’ comp industry seems to change by the hour, from pandemic safety compliance to the ongoing surge in paid-leave legislation and beyond. Workers’ comp professionals need innovative strategies for limiting current exposures, and the latest intel on the trends that could impact them around the corner. We’re looking for content that meets these needs and can help employers get the most from their legal resources.
  • Claims/Return to Work. The goals are simple: Administer benefits, get people better, get them back to work. But the roadmap to get there looks different for every organization. National Comp attendees are continuously looking to add to the arsenal of tools and strategies to eliminate the obstacles that can delay or halt recovery and return to work, including biopsychosocial issues, provider communication gaps and worker education. Whether injuries are common or catastrophic, medical only or permanently disabling, payers and employers need up-to-date intelligence on the best way to get injured or disabled workers back on the job and back to their lives.
  • Insurance/Risk Finance. With the growing complexity of workers’ compensation risk exposures, employers can’t rely on cookie-cutter solutions to manage their insurance needs. We seek presentations highlighting ways employers can more effectively partner with brokers and insurers to enhance their risk mitigation as well as leverage the best risk transfer strategies to meet their needs.
  • Injury Prevention. Of course, the best claim is the one that never happens. Nationwide, employers are making great strides in reducing injury frequency. But in order to keep moving the needle, they need the freshest ideas on mitigating injury risks, fostering a strong safety culture, measuring results and getting the executive buy-in they need to support their efforts.
  • Steal These Ideas! Inspired by our popular presentation of Teddy Award-winning workers’ comp programs, this track will feature employer-focused real-world solutions being put in practice right now and achieving measurable results, with peer-to-peer guidance on lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid.
  • Career and Industry. The oft-discussed talent gap has been felt as acutely across our industry as any other. That’s why it’s the right time to spark more conversations about recruitment and retention, about furthering diversity and about the skills and expertise an evolving industry needs. In addition, we seek educational presentations designed to provide attendees with the critical professional skills they need to advance and elevate their careers and take on larger leadership roles.
  • CompTalks. Added in 2020, CompTalks are dynamic 15-minute solo presentations — TED Talk style, but for the workers’ comp industry. CompTalks are designed to create a platform for the issues and ideas that workers’ comp leaders are passionate about sharing with the broader community.
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National Comp is presented by Risk & Insurance®, which covers the people, stories and risks that embody the essential functions of risk management and commercial insurance. Now an affiliate of The Institutes, R&I is dedicated to bringing the workers' compensation community together to share challenges and opportunities, and the latest solutions and innovations. Our mission is to provide a platform for industry leaders and executives to collaborate and build the solutions that will drive the workers' compensation industry forward.