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Workers’ Comp Seminar

L'Auberge Casino & Hotel 777 L’Auberge Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Seminar Overview

LABI's 2018 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. 


2018 Dates: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 & Friday, Sept. 28, 2018


Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE) 10 hrs.

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

*This program may qualify for other continuing education credits; check with your professional organization. 


Registration Information

Early Bird Registration until September 10th:  Members $350  / Non-Members $420 

Registration after September 10th:  Members $400 / Non-Members $470

Registration fee includes the 2018 LABI Workers’ Compensation Desk Book, a requirement for the seminar.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Please contact Elena Lacour at 225-215-6647 or 


Hotel Information

To make reservations, please call 1-866-261-7777

Room Rate: $119 + tax

Group Code: RLABI18

L'Auberge Casino & Hotel room cutoff date is September 10, 2018


Sponsorship Opportunities

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Please contact Elena Lacour at 225-215-6647 or




View PREVIOUS Detailed Agenda Below


(2017 WC Seminar Agenda)


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





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