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Tuesday, October 19, 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    The Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation is thrilled to be back in person at the National Comp Conference providing a pre-conference leadership event. This year we Rise and focus on the important topic of executive presence. Attendance is open to all by registrations for the event, https://ticketbud.com/events/a8c9d544-ce17-11eb-9cea-42010a717014. 12:00 pm... Read More
    • Pre-Conference Sessions

    Wednesday, October 20, 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

    • Session Number: CT1
    R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) has long been the most common remedy for musculoskeletal injuries, but often with little or no effect. Ultrasound technology could be a game-changer for injured workers and employers across multiple sectors. The FDA has approved long-duration, low-intensity continuous ultrasound targeted non-pharmacological in-home therapy for... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • CompTalks Theater

    Wednesday, October 20, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    • Session Number: CR1
    Mental health has taken center stage, as people deal with the stresses of illness, death, civil unrest, isolation and so many unknowns. Depression, anxiety, crippling fear and other mental health... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: CI1
    Is your claims organization culturally prepared to handle the next unexpected (or even expected) crisis around the corner? In this session, experts from the Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study will examine... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: LR1
    The saying goes “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Learn the latest workers’ comp fraud schemes and find out which... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: STI1
    Everyone can win in workers’ compensation. Two recent Risk & Insurance award winners will present a case study with their team explaining the strategies that reduced injuries, improved care and... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: MP1
    Claims handlers, managers and nurses arrange Physical Therapy every day for a variety of injuries and conditions but is it always the right way to go? Our session will discuss... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: IP1
    Paramount among the many lessons learned during COVID-19: Stay vigilant and be prepared for the unexpected. The World Health Organization reports that infectious diseases are spreading more rapidly now than... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Lecture

    Wednesday, October 20, 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

    • Session Number: CT2
    Even fully qualified medical providers often treat veterans without a complete understanding of how the veteran’s status can change their attitudes about health care, or how military service in general can profoundly impact overall health. Treating a veteran may require a different approach to care. In this informative CompTalk, Optum’s... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • CompTalks Theater

    Wednesday, October 20, 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

    • Session Number: CT3
    There’s very little discussion about it, and we tend to look the other way, but working in claims is a tough job. Dealing with people who have suffered loss is not easy, and the job often comes with little reward and respect for being on the front line of the... Read More
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    • Basic
    • CompTalks Theater

    Wednesday, October 20, 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

    • Session Number: CT4
    The COVID-19 pandemic raised the level of awareness of the fragility of physical and mental health issues in our society. But these are not new problems, they’ve been with us all along. In this dynamic presentation. the risk manager of a Teddy-Award-winning municipality will discuss how supporting and facilitating improvements... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • CompTalks Theater

    Wednesday, October 20, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    • Session Number: IR1
    Insurance brokers faced an intense level of challenge in recent months, guiding employers through unknowns, mitigating risks and finding new opportunities to innovate and drive program improvements. Three workers’ comp... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: CR2
    During the COVID pandemic, light duty work for injured workers has been a challenge for many employers. In this session, you’ll learn strategies to locate light duty work within your... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: STI2
    Virtually all businesses were forced to operate in a new and to some extent unknown environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers also saw a flurry of changes... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: CI2
    From supplying personal protective equipment, implementing safety protocols & work-from-home transitions, employers and their partners have worked hard to protect employees from COVID-19. But what about their mental health? This... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: IP2
    Many employers are now allowing some or all of their workforce to continue working from home part-time or even permanently. As a result, companies need to rethink their ergonomics programs... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: MP2
    When the former Director of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation pharmacy program agreed to an audit of his pharmacy benefit management process, he had no presumptions about the outcome.... Read More
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    • Advanced
    • Lecture

    Wednesday, October 20, 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    • Session Number: CT5
    In today’s work environment, diversification is critical. Growing and maintaining an engaged workforce can be a significant challenge. How do you ensure ALL employees are engaged, understanding safety procedures, and performing their duties to their full capabilities? This session focuses on creating a better understanding of and providing tools for... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • CompTalks Theater

    Thursday, October 21, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

    • Session Number: GE2
    The ideas and successful strategies adopted by the four winners of the 2021 Teddy Award, presented by Risk & Insurance, are on display here for you to take home and put in place. Representatives from this year’s award recipients explain how they applied innovative solutions to common and not-so-common workers’... Read More
    Track(s)
    • General Session

    Thursday, October 21, 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    • Session Number: CT6
    Sustaining a musculoskeletal (MSK) injury in the workplace is costly and disrupts team morale and integrity. In addition, it diminishes the productivity and ultimately, the bottom line of the company. By embracing technology, empowering your employees to understand their MSK system, and offering them safe, simple and effective injury prevention... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • CompTalks Theater

    Thursday, October 21, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

    • Session Number: LR2
    Discover more about the federal government’s helpful law for those settling workers’ comp cases with Medicare beneficiaries. This session will discuss the Provide Accurate Information Directly (PAID) Act passed in... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: IP3
    Research shows that while employees have access to mental health services, they rarely use them. At the same time, employers seem skeptical about the effectiveness of mental health treatment in... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: CI3
     “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations,” wrote author Chuck Swindoll. With the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst for change, leaders have... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: MP3
    Opioids and many other categories of drugs are typically indicated for short-term use only. Even antidepressants, which are not considered to be addictive in the traditional sense, can be difficult... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: CR3
    Join us for an interactive panel discussion addressing COVID-19 (and other communicable disease) claims and their unique impact on employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers/TPA's. This all-star panel includes experienced... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: STI3
    The value of onsite occupational health increased exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies with onsite programs were better prepared to act quickly to implement workplace practices and policies to protect... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture

    Thursday, October 21, 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

    • Session Number: CT7
    A variety of factors likely drive physical therapy utilization and affect outcomes. Many of these factors are considered psychosocial in nature and can be measured using standardized tools. These factors can then be evaluated for potential modification through treatment interventions which are patient centered and based on current evidence. Targeted... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • CompTalks Theater

    Thursday, October 21, 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

    • Session Number: CT8
    While the world may have borders, the need for absence management does not. Multinational companies all face unique challenges when responding to absence events in different countries. Much like the considerations required when setting up absence management programs across states, the same is required when working across the borders to... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • CompTalks Theater

    Thursday, October 21, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    • Session Number: MP4
    The panel will address the technology of virtual reality and the biopsychosocial approach to patient care, with a specific focus on decreasing claims volatility, claims cost, and returning injured employees... Read More
    Speaker(s)
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion
    • Session Number: IP4
    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), ranging from sprains and strains to muscle tears, are one of the leading causes of days away from work in many industries. However, preventing MSDs is not... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: IR2
    Few industries have not been impacted by COVID-19, and many companies have felt the impact most severely on their bottom lines. Preserving capital has quickly become the difference between survival... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: LR3
    How do you know your program is a success? When it comes to your litigation program, let’s take a deep dive into how to analyze your program. This discussion will... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: CR4
    While COVID-19 challenged health care in many ways, a silver lining emerged—virtual care. Patients discovered that virtual care was engaging, convenient, and thorough. Now that telehealth has become an accepted... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Breakout Session
    • Session Number: STI4
    There’s been a significant shift in mental injury claims across the country. Presumption laws pertaining to PTSD cover police, firefighters and peace officers place the burden on employers to disprove... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Breakout Session

    Thursday, October 21, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    • Session Number: IR3
    This session will explore the basics of single parent captives, while highlighting the benefits that this structure could offer a workers’ compensation program and evaluating considerations a prospective captive owner... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Breakout Session
    • Session Number: IP5
    Presenteeism is a term we’ve heard for years — typically related to stressed, anxious, depressed, distracted, and unfocused employees. With Covid, we can add those suffering from “Pandemic Brain Fog”... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: MP5
    Experts from the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado School of Health Sciences reviewed three years of data assessing the effectiveness of a biopsychosocial model to determine... Read More
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    • Advanced
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: LR4
    The regulatory landscape has changed significantly over the past couple of years in the wake of the pandemic and the 2020 election. We’ve seen changes across the spectrum — from... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Lecture

    Thursday, October 21, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

    • Session Number: CI4
    The world is filled with “sides” that distrust the other. In workers’ comp, distrust and antagonism hurt the two primary stakeholders in the system – employers and injured workers. In... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: IR4
    Are you a workers’ compensation professional who interacts with, or perhaps reports to, the risk management function but aren’t comfortable with your knowledge about the world of risk management and... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: CR5
    Injury recovery is also dependent upon claims philosophy, employee engagement, co-morbidities, psycho-social issues, and pain management. Employers are placing less emphasis on cost reduction and more emphasis on injured worker... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Panel Discussion

    Friday, October 22, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

    • Session Number: GE3
    The number of people seeking help for mental health conditions ballooned during the pandemic, bringing sharp focus to the role of mental health in workers’ comp claims. Ignoring the correlation between mental health and injury recovery can inflate the severity of claims dramatically. What’s the key to “buying the psych... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • General Session

    Friday, October 22, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    • Session Number: CR6
    Improving support for injured individuals during workers' compensation or liability cases, especially during and after the settlement process, can result in lower program costs as well as better relationships with... Read More
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    • Basic
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: LR5
    As of now, 44 states have decriminalized marijuana or legalized it for medicinal uses. Federal legalization appears to be increasingly likely, if not imminent. Some states have already enacted legislation... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture
    • Session Number: MP6
    The state of our health care system has seen unprecedented changes in the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tele-rehab has been at the forefront of these changes. How... Read More
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    • Intermediate
    • Lecture