19th Annual Workers' Comp. Educational Conference: A Recap

The 19th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference was held at the Raleigh Convention Center from October 8th through the 10th, 2014. This year's conference featured an array of nationally-recognized speakers and guests and offered participants the opportunity to earn continuing education credits for their attendance.

If you weren't lucky enough to attend, here, our workers compensation attorney in Shallotte NC will fill you in on what you missed.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

This year's conference started at 1pm on Wednesday, October 8 with a brief welcome from Andrew Heath, the chairman of NCIC, Raleigh NC. This was followed by the annual Kids' Chance of North Carolina, Inc., Scholarship Awards and The Appellate Process by Paul Newby, the Associate Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court, Raleigh NC.

After a brief break, attendants listened to the Deputy Commissioner News, read by Chief Deputy Commissioner Christopher Loutit. The NCIC Rules Update was then presented followed by the informative report, Workers’ Compensation and the Affordable Care Act presented by Michael Clingman, Regional Director of the Workers Compensation Research Institute in Cambridge MA. This was followed by a reception with a silent auction to benefit Kids' Chance.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Day two of the conference was filled with a variety of break-out sessions starting promptly at 9am after a continental breakfast. Attendees had the opportunity to choose one of two different sessions in each hour-long Break-Out Session. This year's topics included:

  • Physician Dispensing of Prescription Medication
  • Clinchers and Claims: Getting It Right the First Time
  • Somatization and Malingering
  • The "Dos" and "Don'ts" of Mediation: Tips for a More Successful Mediation
  • Workers' Compensation Neck and Back Injuries
  • Rehabilitation Ethics
  • Getting Lost in Our Lives
  • The Role of Case Managers in Workers’ Compensation Cases
  • Legal Ethics
  • Impact of Social Media on Workers’ Compensation Cases

Friday, Oct. 10

After another exceptional continental breakfast, day three of the conference started with A View from the NCIC Chairman, by Andrew Heath. This was followed by NCIC Fraud and Compliance Efforts, which was presented by Bryan Strickland, Director of the Compliance and Fraud Investigation Section for NCIC, Raleigh NC.

After a short break, attendees were then presented with a discussion on Keeping Medical Costs Down with Brian Caveney, Vice President and Medical Director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in Durham NC. Rounding out the final day's schedule was the Case Law Update by Vernon Sumwalt of The Sumwalt Law Firm, Charlotte NC and Bruce Hamilton of Teague, Campbell, Dennis, & Gorham, LLP, Raleigh NC. The 19th Annual Worker's Compensation Conference was adjourned at 1pm.

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