Friday, October 30, 2015


2015 SAWCA All Committee Conference
Nov 17-20, 2015           The Greenbrier             White Sulphur Springs, WV

Tuesday, November 17
Executive Committee Meeting 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.                                                 Hayes Room

Executive Committee Reception & Dinner 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.             Crystal Room
(By Invitation Only)        Sponsored By NCCI

Wednesday, November 18
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast                                                           Eisenhower Foyer     Sponsored By: ISO

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration                                                                               Eisenhower Foyer                                                      
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. General Session                                                                       Eisenhower AB
            How Long Does the Honeymoon Last?
A panel discussion of challenges that administrators face when new to leadership in state agencies regulating workers’ compensation.   
            Moderator: Abbie Hudgens, Tennessee
Beth Aldridge, Mississippi
Robert Gilliland, Oklahoma
Tom Hebson, Safety National           
Frank McKay, Georgia

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.          Morning Refreshment Break                                   Eisenhower Foyer
                                                Sponsored By: Concentra

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. General Session - Special Committee Report From MIS     Eisenhower AB
The Technological “Re-Tooling” Of State Workers’ Compensation Systems
An in-depth discussion of real world issues that arise as state workers’ compensation systems initiate whole-system upgrades to meet the increasing demands of a growing system while striving to maintain acceptable levels of service for all stakeholders.
Moderator:      Larry White, Louisiana
Delece Brooks, Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Fran Davis, Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims
Roger Williams, Virginia WCC
Matt Bryant, WorkCompStrategies
Christine Dicken, Business Process Lead, SLI Global Solutions

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                       Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.               Committee Breakouts  
                                    (All Attendees Invited / Encouraged To Participate In The Committee Meetings)

Self Insurance & Insurance Committee                                                      Eisenhower B Public Entity Market Issues – Special Guest Scott Richbourg, Build America Mutual
A discussion highlighting the evaluation process for Public Entity financials along with guidelines on approaching incremental suggestions and solutions to current regulations. 

Securing Adequate Security Once The SI Employer Begins Experiencing Difficulties
The best time is during the “honeymoon”…when the employer first becomes self-insured…but often that is not possible…so by the time the need for full security arises the opportunity has disappeared…What is a regulator to do?

Adjudication Committee Combined With                                                  Eisenhower C
Administration & Procedure Committee
An interactive discussion of the interplay between stakeholders and the workers’ compensation system

To address that broad topic we will focus on the relationship between the agencies and the stakeholders from the prospective of the state agencies as well as from all of the stakeholders.            
Moderator:      C. Wade McGuffey, Jr., Esq.
                        Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson, LLP
Connie Chandler, UPS
Brandi Garrity, Summit Holdings
Roger Williams, Virginia
Elizabeth Gobeil, Georgia

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.             Afternoon Refreshment Break                                Eisenhower Foyer
                                                Sponsored By: Trean Corp.

5:00 p.m.        “Bunker” Tours, With The Greenbrier’s Historian Available For Questions
Departing From The Trellis Lobby / Ending at the Culinary Arts Center

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.     President’s Reception, in the “Bunker”              Culinary Arts Center
                Sponsored By:  HealthSmart Casualty Claims Solutions, American Mining Insurance Group
                WCI – Workers’ Compensation Institute, NeuroInternational, Equian, U.S. HealthWorks & CapTech

Thursday, November 19
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast                                                           Eisenhower Foyer
                                    Sponsored By: ISO

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration                                                             Eisenhower Foyer

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. General Session                                                                    Eisenhower AB
                                    Hosted by the Claims Administration Committee
This will be a discussion of apportionment (and contribution), an issue that is arising in various states. The statutory parameters are defining what payments must be made to or for recovering workers. This leads to disagreements between multiple employer/carriers, and may impact the worker.

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.                      Morning Refreshment Break                       Eisenhower Foyer
                                                            Sponsored By: Concentra

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.                       Convention Lunch                                        Cameo Room
Keynote Luncheon Speaker:           Mitch Barnhart, Athletics Director, University of Kentucky
                                                            Sponsored By: Helios

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.                         General Session Panel Discussion:               Eisenhower AB        
            Paul Sighinolfi moderates a panel discussion focused on the recent Supreme Court decision from Pennsylvania… Protz v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Derry Area School District) regarding the constitutionality of the most recent AMA Guides with potential national implications for workers’ compensation.
                        William Taylor, PA Compensation Rating Bureau
                        Vince Quatrini, Managing Partner, Quatrini Rafferty, P.C.
                        Ken Eichler, ODG WorkLossData Institute
                        Karl Aumann, Chair, Maryland WCC

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.             Afternoon Refreshment Break                                Eisenhower Foyer
                                                Sponsored By: Trean Corp.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.                         Keynote Presentation                                    Eisenhower AB
                                    Guest Speaker:  Albert J. Osbahr, III, MD
                        Albert J. Osbahr, III, MD, is a Member of the Board of Trustees with the American Medical Association and the current medical director of occupational health services at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., a position he has held since 2004. Previously he served as occupational health director for 14 years at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, N.C. He is a past president of the North Carolina Medical Society (2008–2009) and a past member of its Industrial Commission Liaison Committee and Hospital Medical Staff Committee.
(Presented by the Medical Rehabilitation Committee…Lucretia Johnson, Chair / Betty Reid, Vice-Chair)
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.             Medical Rehabilitation Committee              Eisenhower C       
A Continuation of the Medical Discussion From the Preceding General Session, including an open dialogue with experts Pat Merrill, Health Management Resources and Rosalie Faris, OMCA regarding the lack of qualified specialty physicians available and willing to evaluate injured workers and suggestions on how to recruit them.

8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.           Coffee Cordials & Confections        Victorian Writing Room &                                      Sponsored By: UBS Financial Services                              Lobby Bar

Friday, November 20
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.              Friday’s “Farewell” Grits Breakfast           Eisenhower AB
                                                            Sponsored By: ISO

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. General Session                                                         Eisenhower AB

Judicial Update… Robert L. Swisher, Chief Administrative Law Judge for Commonwealth of Kentucky will discuss a recent KY Supreme Court decision that has implications for a significant change / extension of the statute of limitations on both injuries and occupational diseases.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.            General Session                                             Eisenhower AB

Things that make me go Hmmm? With Bob Wilson,
Workers’ compensation corporate humorist Bob Wilson conducts his version of a “show cause hearing” when our panel of distinguished regulators and an industry professional takes the stand and responds to those subjects that have caused Bob to go “Hmmm.” This will be a free-flowing discussion with audience participation welcomed and expected.
                        Frank McKay, Chairman, Georgia
            Dwight Lovan, Commissioner, Kentucky
            Rachel Bayless, General Counsel, New Mexico
            Tom Glasson, State Relations Officer, AIG

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.          Final Wrap Up and Adjournment              Eisenhower AB