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Workers’ Comp Seminar

Seminar Overview

LABI's 2017 Workers' Comp Seminar will provide a wide range of topical presentations to keep you up to date with the latest changes in the workers' compensation industry. This event will showcase an education agenda consisting of guest speakers covering a variety of substantive topics. 

 

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Continuing Education Credits

This program may qualify for other continuing education credits; check with your professional organization. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Course Credits 

Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE) 10 hrs.

Continuing Insurance Education Credits and Property Casualty Credits (CE) 10 hrs.

 

Registration Information

Early Bird Registration before September 15:  Members $350  / Non-Members $420 

Registration after September 15:  Members $400 / Non-Members $470

Registration fee includes the 2017 LABI Workers’ Compensation Desk Book, a requirement for the seminar.

 

Hotel Information

L'Auberge Casino & Hotel room cutoff date is September 6.

To make reservations, call 866-261-7777

Code: RLABI3

Rate: $119 + tax/night

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Please contact Elena Lacour at 225-215-6647 or elenal@labi.org

 

 

View Detailed Agenda Below: 

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 

   8:30 a.m.     Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

   9:00 a.m.     LWC Perspective – The Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director will outline where she would like to take WC in the coming years? She will kick off the seminar by laying out her department’s administrative and legislative plans for the OWCA.

                      Ava Dejoie - LWC

 

    9:45 a.m.    Medicare Set Asides and Settlements – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently took significant actions regarding MSAs that will impact comp settlements. An attorney will give an update on these actions and help you navigate their effect on settlements.

                        Tommy Ruli - Juge, Napolitano, Gilbeau, Ruli & Frieman

 

  10:30 a.m.     NETWORKING

 

 10:40 a.m.     Jurisprudential Update – What new WC court decisions were issued in Louisiana over the past year and what will they mean for the comp system? Two attorneys will summarize the cases and explain their effects.

                      Wayne Fontana and Jennifer Lewis - Roedel, Parsons, Koch, Blache, Balhoff & McCollister

 

Noon       LUNCH

 

   1:00 p.m.      Return to Work – The goal of WC is to provide the support necessary to return injured employees to their jobs. Unfortunately, this is more difficult than it should be. An attorney, a rehabilitation counselor and the OWCA chief judge will share their ideas for improving the odds for restoring injured workers to employment.

                      Michael Parker - Allen & Gooch

                      Larry Stokes - Stokes & Associates

 

 

 2:30 p.m.      Gig Employment – The employment environment is evolving. Long-term employees are becoming less common. The growth of “gig” employment is creating challenges for comp. Two attorneys will evaluate this workforce development and discuss how to assure that employers and their gig employees can remain protected through our WC system.

                     Charles Davoli – Davoli, Krumholt & Price

                     Denis Juge - Juge, Napolitano, Gilbeau, Ruli & Frieman

 

    3:20 p.m.     NETWORKING

 

   3:30 p.m.     Billing Reviews – It is no secret that a key to managing WC insurance costs is understanding medical invoicing and what and how much is chargeable. An expert in billing and case management will provide insights that can be helpful when you receive that bill.

                    John Kocke - CoreCare Management

 

   4:15 p.m.     Fraud Defenses – Fraudulent claims in WC are always a challenge to defend. An attorney will explain what it takes to overcome fraud, focusing on preparation for and presentation in court.

                    Patrick Johnson - Allen & Gooch

 

   5:00 p.m.      ADJOURN TO COCKTAIL RECEPTION

 

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

 

    8:00 a.m.     Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

   8:30 a.m.     Medical Treatment Guidelines – How is the medical treatment schedule (MTS) supposed to work? Is it accomplishing its task today? Should it be changed, and if so, how? A panel will consider these and other questions surrounding the MTS, as well as the validity of views held by its supporters and detractors.

                       Rep. Chris Broadwater – District 86

Troy Prevot - LCTA

                       Matthew Richards - LWCC

 

   9:45 a.m.     Backs and Spines – Our spines suffer natural degeneration. Wear and tear are inevitable. What does the evidence suggest about back injuries and their genesis? Can back injuries be mended or must they be managed? A doctor of chiropractic care will share insights obtained from his extensive research and what they suggest for back care in comp.

Dr. Charles Herring - Ascension Chiropractic Clinic

 

  10:40 a.m.     NETWORKING

 

10:50 a.m.     New Treatments – New – and some might say “radical” – medical procedures are making their way into the care and treatment of WC injury patients, and with mixed results. What are these treatments, are they valid approaches, and if so, in which cases? Are they always appropriate, and if not, when and why are they not? A physician will introduce you to these new techniques and discuss their value to comp patients.

                      Dr. Paul van Deventer - Pinnacle Medical Network

 

        Noon       ADJOURN