National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference

presented by Risk & Insurance

Join us on Oct. 21st for a One-Day Event to Kick Off National Comp's Virtual Conference Calendar

The National Workers' Compensation and Disability Management Conference will be presented virtually, beginning with a one-day virtual event on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Beginning in November, National Comp will present new digital sessions 2-3 times a month, right up until it's time to connect for our 2021 event in Las Vegas. Join us for this special presentation of executive thought leadership mixed with the boots-on-the-ground practical strategies helping your peers succeed.

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Sessions: 11:00AM - 12:00PM Eastern

The Link Between Behavioral Health and Physical Health Is Stronger Than You Think

Panelists:
• Tron Emptage, Chief Clinical Officer, Optum
• David Vittoria, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, Carisk


Mental health can have a significant impact on physical health. Expert panelists will explain what you need to do, watch for, and ask when navigating workers’ comp claims that include components such as mood disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders and substance use disorders. These issues impact a growing body of claims, especially now that several states are considering adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a covered condition. Panelists will discuss types of treatments and explain how these treatments may affect work performance. Panelists will also review the characteristics of caregivers and explain how these stakeholders play an integral role in treatment progress and success.

Sessions: 12:30PM - 1:30PM Eastern

The Link Between Behavioral Health and Physical Health Is Stronger Than You Think

Panelists:
• Tron Emptage, Chief Clinical Officer, Optum
• David Vittoria, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, Carisk


Mental health can have a significant impact on physical health. Expert panelists will explain what you need to do, watch for, and ask when navigating workers’ comp claims that include components such as mood disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders and substance use disorders. These issues impact a growing body of claims, especially now that several states are considering adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a covered condition. Panelists will discuss types of treatments and explain how these treatments may affect work performance. Panelists will also review the characteristics of caregivers and explain how these stakeholders play an integral role in treatment progress and success.

The Teddy Awards Present: Excellence in Action 2020

Co-Moderators::
Mike MacAulay, SVP of Sales, PMA Management Corp.
• Michelle Kerr, Workers’ Compensation Editor, Risk & Insurance

The National Workers' Compensation and Disability Management Awards — the Teddy Awards — present a special panel featuring leaders from top organizations, sharing the strategies and innovative thinking that continue to fuel them to workers' comp and injury prevention success in the face of a complex global crisis. Leaders across sectors, including health care and the grocery industry, will come together to share their compelling stories, in a panel moderated by Risk & Insurance and PMA Management Corp.'s Mike MacAulay.

Sessions: 2:00PM - 3:00PM Eastern

Going for the Gold: From Injured Workers to Star Performers

Co-Moderators::
Michell Despres, Vice President, National Product Leader, One Call
• Marcos Iglesias, Chief Medical Director, Vice President, Travelers

How did Olympian Mary Lou Retton win a gold medal a few months after experiencing a serious knee injury? And more importantly for the workers’ compensation industry, how can we apply these “best practices” to help injured workers to heal and return to star performer status in the workplace?

This presentation challenges traditional approaches to treating workers’ compensation injuries and replaces them with disruptive new models that promote faster healing, improved function, and long-term recovery. Attendees will learn how to re-think old school “truisms” and to adapt the tenets of sport medicine for top athletes for their injured workers.

Workers' Comp Regulatory and Legislative Trends that Belong on Your Radar for 2021

Co-Moderators::
Lisa Anne Bickford, Director of Government Relations, Coventry
• Mark Pew, Senior Vice President, Product Development & Marketing, Preferred Medical
• Don Lipsy, AVP, Managed Care Government Relations, Sedgwick

This session will provide a high-level overview of the top regulatory and legislative trends seen in the Workers’ Compensation arena, with a focus on key states that have undertaken significant changes during 2019 and 2020. Topics to be explored will include PBM/pharmacy, Bill Review, Utilization Review (UR), PPO/networks, and telemedicine related trends.

Sessions: 3:30PM - 4:30PM Eastern

Passing the Torch Without a Stumble: The Coming Decade of Transition from Old to Young

Moderators::
Mark Pew, Senior Vice President, Product Development & Marketing, Preferred Medical

Panelists:
• Barry D. Bloom, Managing Principal, The bdb Group
• Marques Torbert, CEO, Ametros
• Claire C. Muselman, Director of Workers’ Compensation, Continental Western Group
• Andrew Cortese, Senior Manager – Claims Analytics, Data Security, Financial Controls, United Airlines

As the workforce ages and the so-called “Silver Tsunami” approaches, the burning question is how we address the departure of industry leaders who have massive amounts of experience and deep/broad institutional knowledge. A new generation is already assuming the mantle of leadership with another generation behind them getting ready for their turn. How do we as an industry as well as individual companies strategically manage this transition of leadership and institutional knowledge while leveraging a unique opportunity to shift the status quo? This engaging, rapid-fire panel will present proactive and tangible strategies for creating seamless transitions, infuse meaningful purpose into the industry, and maximizing mentorship opportunities.
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