The 67th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and the 24th Annual Safety and Health Conference are just around the corner. Set for August 19 through 23, 2012 at the Orlando World Marriott, the conference will again focus on the national workers’ compensation and safety industries, serving as a gathering of national stakeholders to study and be educated on issues of common concern. For the first time, the Conference program has expanded to a fourth day (Thursday, August 23) with a full 2-day breakout for mediators.
As usual, this year’s program offers creative and innovative speakers from around the country. The hottest issues in workers’ compensation and safety will be discussed. All aspects of workers’ compensation and workplace safety will comprise the topics of discussion with breakouts for risk managers, regulators, safety professionals, health care providers, adjusters, insurance professionals, attorneys, medical case managers, professional employer organizations (employee leasing), temporary staffing, mediators, and medical office administrators.
Medicare Secondary Payer Act Compliance
Sponsored by Gould & Lamb, LLC, this year’s conference will again be the only national conference to feature a full-day breakout on the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and related subjects. One of the most difficult areas in handling workers’ compensation and general liability matters is understanding and dealing with the serious pitfalls that this expanding responsibility creates. The comprehensive breakout will clarify what has become an extremely complicated process that has created enormous issues for the workers’ compensation industry, soon to further expand into the general liability area.
Providing Clarity in a Land of Confusion
Program Moderator, Bret Cade, Executive VP of Sales at Gould & Lamb, LLC will lead the day long seminar. Planned presentations include Medicare Secondary Payer Act 101: The Reader’s Digest Version by Roy Franco, Esq., Principal at Franco Signor, LLC, The Eye in the Sky: Mandatory Insurer Reporting by Scott Huber, Vice President of Information Technology at Gould & Lamb, LLC and Jeff Gurtcheff, VP and General Manager at PMSI, Render Unto Caesar What is Caesar’s: Conditional Payments Resolution by Wanda Reas, Esq., Partner at Znosko & Reas, P.A. and John Cattie with the Garretson Resolution Group, So Let It Be Written, So Let It Be Done: A Legislative and Case Law Update by Mark Popolizio, Esq., Senior Legal Counsel at Crowe Paradies and Roy Franco, Esq., Principal at Franco Signor, LLC, Seeing the Forest Through the Trees: MSA/LMSA Trends by Rafael Gonzalez, Director of Medicare Compliance & Post Settlement Administration at Gould & Lamb, LLC, Celia Mendez, Esq., Mediator & Attorney at Moreland & Mendez, P.A., and Cynthia Sage, Esq., Corporate Counsel at FCCI Insurance Group. The program will end with MSP Compliance in the Real World: A Roundtable Discussion where all of the previously mentioned speakers will be joined by Skip Brechtel, Chief Technical Officer at CCMSI, Wade McGuffey, Esq., of Goodman, McGuffey, Lindsey & Johnson, LLP, and the Honorable David Langham, Deputy Chief Judge of Workers’ Compensation Claims.
The program will:
- Provide much needed technical information on Mandatory Insurer Reporting, addressing its purpose and expounding on reporting triggers, errors and challenges, as well as the consequences enumerated by Section 111 of the Medicare/Medicaid SCHIP Extension Act of 2007.
- Present a comprehensive overview of the policies and procedures relative to the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Contractor (MSPRC), challenges in dealing with the MSPRC and consequences of not handling Conditional Payments appropriately.
- Give attendees with a thorough review of new legislative initiatives and cases decided from around the country on both workers’ compensation and liability claims related to Medicare Set Asides and Conditional Payments.
- Delve into current industry trends in workers’ compensation and liability Medicare Set- Asides, specifically regarding MSA submissions, MSA approvals, MSA pharmacy issues and MSA administration.
- Offer those in attendance the opportunity to listen in on a roundtable discussion bringing legal and claims’ experts together to discuss their trials, tribulations, methods and best practices in complying with CMS’ policies to take Medicare’s interest into consideration when settling past and future medical care.