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Mid-Summer Seminar - Tentative Schedule of Events
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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

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 THURSDAY, JUNE 8th 

 

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  
No CE Credit
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Directors and Past Presidents only.

 

Dinner on your own.

 

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.     (7:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. - Break) 

No CE Credit 
BILLING and COLLECTIONS
Winslow West, Legal Counsel, DWC, Sarah Moray of Daisybill.com, Susan Honor-Vangerov, Esq, Steve Cattolica

Attendees will learn specifics of recent updates to California’s Official Medical Fee Schedule for Physician and Non-physician services.  Attendees will receive updated information about the Medical-Legal Fee Schedule, specifically as the DWC has begun to apply new ground rules for use of ML 103 & 104 complexity factors.


 

 FRIDAY, JUNE 9th 


8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

0.5 CE Hour
INTRODUCTION and INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE 

President, Cranford Scott, MD and Director of Government Relations, Steve Cattolica present their perspectives on the State of the Society, recent and pending legislation and the industry in general.

 

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

1.5 CE Hour
APPORTIONMENT

Moderator Nachman Brautbar, MD, WCJ (ret) Ray Correio, Esq.  

Through use of case studies, and court findings, Dr. Brautbar and Judge Correio will present the details and critical nuances of proper assessment and reporting of apportionment of disability.

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

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1.5 CE Hour
ACCURACY DEFINED 

Nachman Brautbar, MD, WCJ (ret) Ray Correio, Esq. 
Dr. Brautbar and Judge Correio continue their presentation, focusing now on the approaches, techniques and tools available to evaluators in order to correctly and accurately describe impairment pursuant to court opinions and the content of the AMA Guides itself.

 


 

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1.5 CE Hour
LUNCH 'N LEARN
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Steve Cattolica and Carl Brakensiek, JD, MBA report on legislative and regulatory issues relevant to attendees role and responsibility within California’s workers’ compensation system.

 

1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Break in 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 BREAKOUT SESSIONS - APPLICATIONS OF APPORTIONMENT

Panelists present case studies that require use of the critical evaluation skills presented during the morning sessions about  apportionment and accurate reporting of disability. In addition to the didactic presentation, utilizing small group analysis of relevant case studies, breakout session attendees will discuss, develop and present findings of apportionment and disability to the larger group.

 
  • Internal Medicine - Nachman Brautbar, MD, Sy Levine, MD
  • Mental Health - Vladimir Bokarius, M.D., Robert Larsen, MD
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Ernest Cheng, DO, WCJ (ret) Ray Correio, Esq, Peter Mandell, MD, William Previte, DO

 

 


 SATURDAY, JUNE 10th 


8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
1.5 CE Hours

INTRODUCTION followed by WOMEN IN WORK COMP - FORUM DISCUSSION

Linda Cocchiarella , MD, Christel Schoenfelder, Esq.

Panelists present medical, social and workplace issues facing women in the workplace.  They connect those issues to long standing, systemic unfairness that often result in women injured on the job receiving inappropriately lower benefits than their male counterparts with similar injuries and illnesses. 

 

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1.5 CE Hours
ARE SOLUTIONS POSSIBLE?

Douglas Benner, MD, DWC Executive Medical Director, Ray Meister, MD

Dr. Benner leads a panel of legal and manged care experts in a discussion aimed at providing the audience with new tools and techniques meant to help overcome the growing administrative and procedural burdens and barriers to providing health care to California’s injured workers in the age of “evidence based” medicine.

 


 

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. 

0.75 CE Hour
KEYNOTE LUNCHEON - FRAUD? WHO ME? 

Dimitri Gurovich, Esq, - Gurovich, Berk and Associates, Laureen Pedroza, Esq - California Dept of Insurance
Ms. Pedroza and Mr. Gurovich discuss what fraud is and what it is not in the context of California’s workers’ compensation system.   They outline the pitfalls and landmines that can cause medical providers to be wrongly accused - costing some their reputation, license and livelihood.

 

AWARDS PRESENTATION by Robert Larsen, MD



2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1.5 CE Hours
CASE LAW UPDATE 

WCJ (ret) Pam Foust, Esq
In what has become the “must see” program for QMEs, AMEs and virtually anyone involved in California’s workers’ compensation system, Judge Foust and Judge Atcherley present and explain the most relevant court opinions rendered in the last 12 - 24 months.  Attendees learn what case facts and findings make the cases relevant to their work as occupational medicine physicians and how to spot similar facts and circumstances in the cases they may see in the future.


3:30 p.m. - Adjourn


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