Imagine the possibilities at WCI

August 18, 2023

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The Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) will celebrate the 77th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and 34th Safety & Health Conference in Orlando, Florida August 20-23. An array of stakeholders representing all facets of the industry will begin a dialogue and exchange ideas about evolving technology, medical care for workers’ compensation, practical return to work strategies, the impact of inflation and more. As in years past, Sedgwick will play a prominent role at this event — highlighting some of the industry’s most advanced solutions and concepts within the workers’ compensation arena.

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Monday, August 21, 2023

9:05–9:25am | Give Kids the World Opening with Doug Clark, Sedgwick

9:25–9:45am | National Underwriter Property and Casualty Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Award for Excellence Presentation with Steve Rissman, Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue, McLain & Mangan; Patti Harman,; Mark Walls, Safety National,; and Max Koonce, Sedgwick

9:45–10:45am | Opening industry keynote: technology transformation with Mark Walls, Safety National; and Kimberly George, Sedgwick; Julie Layton, Marsh; Shaun Jackson, Panda Restaurant Group; Vincent Foderingham; and Scott Rogers, Sedgwick

1–1:15pm | Lessons learned and moving forward breakout: opening remarks with Max Koonce, Sedgwick

1:15–2:15pm | Lessons learned and moving forward breakout: What does medical care for workers’ compensation look like in the future? with Virginia Baba, PetSmart; Michele Maffei, Publix; Nancy Strubler, National Express; and Teresa Bartlett, Sedgwick

2:30–3:30pm | Lessons learned and moving forward breakout: The workers’ compensation process and what’s next with Steve Figliuolo, Chick-fil-A; Laralee Garvin, Rissman; and Max Koonce, Sedgwick

3:30–4:30pm | Lessons learned and moving forward breakout: Finding new value in data and enhancing its utilization with Bryan Conner, American Airlines; Ramona Tanabe, WCRI; Susan Shemanski, The Adecco Group; Max Koonce, Sedgwick; and Tashay Green-Meeks, Sedgwick

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

10-11am Return to work breakout: Achieving return to work with empathy – practical solutions with Kim Pfingstag, International Paper; Greg Hamlin, Berkley Industrial Comp; Debra Livingston, ReEmployAbility, Inc.; and Allison Kelly, Sedgwick

10-11am Adjuster breakout: strategy and tactics: Uncivil behavior – Can they really do that? With Steve Coonrod, McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern; Beth Swonger, CCMSI; Shannon Krabel, Liberty Mutual Insurance; and JoAnne Swanson, Sedgwick

11am-12pm Adjuster breakout: foundational learning – Claims psychology with Erik Burch, CCMSI; Michael Grimaldi, Travelers Insurance Company; Ed Gallon, PMA Companies; and Christine Jermin, Sedgwick

11am-12pm Risk manager breakout: The compounding effect of social media on claims with Crystal Chancy, Publix Super Markets, Inc.; Steve Figliuolo, Chick-fil-A, Inc.; and Vince Vossel, Sedgwick

1-2pm Risk manager breakout: Recession, inflation and the impact on the claims industry with Nancy Bolton, Palm Beach County School District; Ronda Hammond, Ascension Health; Mike Witt, Cintas; and Max Koonce, Sedgwick

1-2pm National workers’ compensation review: The future of workers’ comp is NOW – fundamental changes in the workplace and discussion about what lies ahead with Marc Salm, Publix; Negar Matian, Matian Law Group; Suzy Braeden, Encompass; and David Stills, Sedgwick

1-2pm Adjuster breakout: foundational learning: What to do next? with Ali Jones, Rissman, Barrett, Donahue, McLain & Mangan; Lea Dietrich, PMA Companies; April Fullford, Next Level Administrators; and Sokchinda Ban, Sedgwick

2:15-3:15pm Risk manager breakout: Risk management as a strategic imperative – getting the message to the c-suite / board with Susan Shemanski, The Adecco Group; Kerri Kevlin with USIC; Michael Costello, Florida Power & Light Co.; and Patrick Walsh, Sedgwick

2:15–3:15pm Adjuster breakout: strategy and tactics – Mission possible: resolving uncloseable claims with Tom McDonald, Travelers; Amy Wilds, CBCS; Gabe Hayes, Gallagher Bassett; and Kristin Smith, Sedgwick

3:15–4:15pm Medicare secondary payer compliance breakout: MSP and settlement innovations with Michael Hernandez, Chronovo; Ken Paradis, Chronovo; Martin Cassavoy, ExamWorks Compliance Solutions; and Mike Merlino, Sedgwick

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

9–10am Fraud breakout: Avoiding the risk of workers’ comp fraud in the era of a new & innovative workforce including remote with Mario Pecoraro, Alliance Risk Group, Inc.; Zachary Pratt, Vaughn, Baio & Partners, LLP; Bill Brueckner, Shaw Industries; and Mary D’Agostino, Sedgwick

10–11am Workplace safety and health breakout: A holistic view of transitional duty and integrated absence: how strong is your pre-loss strategy? with Matthew Long, Aon Consulting; Kristin Hinchman, AmerisourceBergen Corporation; Michelle Despres, One Call; and Lisa Orr, Sedgwick

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Every step of the way, we’re here to help you imagine the possibilities. See you next week, Orlando!

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