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MSS2018 Schedule Of Events
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Thursday, June 14 (No Continuing Education Credits on this day)


1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Directors and Past Presidents only


Dinner on your own.

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.        
BILLING and COLLECTIONS - NEW MLFS
Winslow West, Esq. (invited), Sarah Moray of Daisybill.com, Suzanne Honor-Vangerov, Esq., and Steve Cattolica


A New Med-Legal Fee Schedule? Fair and Balanced? Clear and Unambigious? Over simplistic? Still Substantial Medical Evidence? CSIMS Reports…You Decide.

 

 

Friday, June 15


8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.            0.5 CE Hour
INTRODUCTION and INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE
President, Ernest Cheng, DO and Director of Government Relations, Steve Cattolica

 

A perspective on California’s workers’ compensation industry and the State of the Society.

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.          1.5 CE Hours
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN APPORTIONMENT 
Robert Rassp, Esq., Ray Correio, Esq. and Nachman Brautbar, MD (Moderator)  


Dr. Nachman Brautbar moderates a Point-Counterpoint discussion between Attorneys Ray Correio and Robert Rassp about the most controversial subject in the workers’ compensation system.

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.       1.5 CE Hours
APPORTIONMENT: SURVIVING A DEPOSITION
Robert Rassp, Esq., Ray Correio, Esq., and WCJ Clint Fedderson (Moderator)

 
Depositions are one way to shine a bright light on apportionment when opinions (incentives and motives) differ. The Defense, the Applicant and the Trier of Fact explore the issue.

 

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.        1 CE Hour

LUNCH 'N' LEARN - LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Steve Cattolica and Carl Brakensiek, Esq.

A report on legislative and regulatory issues relevant to CSIMS, the industry and the future of workers’ compensation in California.

 

1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Break in the Exhibit Hall

 

2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.         3 CE Hours

(3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Break in Exhibit Hall) 


SPECIALTY-SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS OF APPORTIONMENT VIA DEPOSITIONS
A mock depo, focused on apportionment, leads off each breakout. A post-mortem group discussion follows the depo. Who won, who lost, what went right and what went wrong?

The second half includes presentation of two case studies and small group discussions highlighting application of the lessons learned from the mock deposition.


Internal Medicine - Nachman Brautbar, MD, Sy Levine, MD, Prakash Jay, MD, Saul Allweiss, Esq, Robert Rassp, Esq.

 

Mental Health - Miguel Alvarellos, David Sones, MD, David Kauss, PhD, Robert Rassp, Esq.,

Jesse Bernal, Esq.  

 

NeuromusculoskeletalPeter Mandell, MD, Anthony Fenison, MD, Ed Cremata, DC,

Christel Schoenfelder, Esq., Jake Jacobsmeyer, Esq.

 

 

Friday Total CE Credit Hours: 7.5 

 

Saturday, June 16


8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.        No CE Credit
OPENING REMARKS
Get the day started.

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.           1.5 CE Hours
CONSULTS AND TESTING - WHEN/HOW/THEN WHAT?
Faculty TBD

 
Consults are nearly impossible to obtain and seem to be out of regulatory favor. But who wants to go through the QME process for each one? Time is always of the essence for injured workers and their employers. What does the QME or AME do? Is it always simpler to “punt?”

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Break in the Exhibit Hall


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.           1.5 CE Hours
Workplace Harassment - What California Employers and Physicians Need to Know
Author, Toni Vranjes, Christel Schoenfelder, Esq.  

 

California business owners must pay close attention to state-specific harassment prevention rules and recommendations.  In addition, when harassment results in a workers’ compensation claim, the physicians who treat or evaluate victims of sexual harassment may face a growing number of medical complaints – physical and mental – some long-hidden.

 

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.                    0.5 CE Hour

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON - PAM FOUST UNPLUGGED
Pam Foust, Esq. and Carl Brakensiek, Esq.


CSIMS’ favorite MSS faculty member, WCJ (ret) Pamela Foust, Esq., is joined by Carl Brakensiek for an indepth and maybe irreverant look at the comp system after more than 30 years in practice.

Awards Presentation
Robert Larsen MD 


2 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Break in the Exhibit Hall


2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.           1.25 CE Hours
PAIN MANAGEMENT - THE CONUNDRUM

Ernest Cheng, DO, Brendan Morley, MD, Stan Helm, MD, Steve McCormick, PhD

 
Chronic pain guidelines, opioid restrictions and a lack of access to some highly effective non-drug treatment modalities have put pain management physicians in an almost untenable position - what do you do now?

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.                1.5 CE Hours
CASE LAW UPDATE
WCJ (ret) Pam Foust, Esq., and Bret Graham, Esq.

 
The Mid-Summer Seminar’s most popular program looks at a tumultuous year of very important cases decided at many levels that may have a direct impact on how medical-legal evaluations are written and decisions made.

5 p.m. - Adjourn


Saturday Total CE Credit Hours: 6.25

Total Program CE Credit Hours: 13.75


 

 
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