Breakout Sessions

Catastrophic Injuries [Intermediate]

Monday, June 2 – 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
 
Moderated by: Ann Marie Loiseau, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, Scranton
Michael Wolk, MD, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, PC, Scranton
The doctor will discuss the effects, care and treatment of spinal cord injuries. This will include the initial, critical care treatment, any inpatient rehabilitation care and subsequent care, either in or outpatient.
 

Narcotics: Use vs. Abuse [Advanced]

Monday, June 2 – 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
 
Moderated by: Barbara J. Ritz, Temple University Health System, Philadelphia
Stephen M. Thomas, MD, Pain & Disability Management Consultants PC, Pittsburgh
Physician's perspective of the use of narcotics for injuries.
 

Injury Trends: Making Cents of Injury Information [Basic]

Monday, June 2 – 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
 
Jim Cottone, UPMC WorkPartners, Pittsburgh
Peter Phelan, PA Dept. of L&I, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Harrisburg
Scott Weiant, BWC, Health & Safety Division, Harrisburg
Review the injury data now immediately available to stakeholders and how you can use this to enhance your safety program. Explore how this information can be utilized to change the culture of your organization, and enhance your business position.
 

Mock Mediation: Bring the Case to the Table [Basic]

Monday, June 2 – 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
 
Anthony J. Bilotti, Esq., Anthony J. Bilotti & Associates LLC, Media
Donna Mantione, SWIF, Scranton
Alexis C. Ouseley, Esq., Pond, Lehocky, Stern, Giordano, Philadelphia
Kathleen Vallely, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
John W. Zatkos, Jr., Esq., Rothman Gordon PC, Pittsburgh
The panel will conduct a mock mediation.
 

To Self Insure or Not Self Insure? [Basic]

Monday, June 2 – 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 
Stacey Adams, BWC, Self Insurance Division, Harrisburg
Linda Gregory, Solid Waste Services, Inc., Audubon
William Keefer, BWC, Health & Safety Division, Harrisburg
Angela Tennis, BWC, Self Insurance Division, Harrisburg
This session will provide an overview of the requirements for an employer to receive bureau certification to operate as a self-insurer. It will cover the regulations governing self-insurers and the procedures and documentation relating to the self-insurance application and renewal processes, including those on the components of an adequate accident and illness prevention program required for self-insurance. A representative of a self-insured employer will provide their reasons for electing to self-insure and will describe the administrative components of their program.
 

Compromise & Release: Control Your Destiny [Basic/Intermediate]

Monday, June 2 – 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 
Pamela Briston, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Lawrence R. Chaban, Esq., AlpernSchubert PC, Pittsburgh
Andrew Klaber, Esq., The Chartwell Law Offices LLP, Pittsburgh
This session will cover all the critical issues that must be covered for a C&R to protect both claimants and defendants.
 

Wellness Initiatives [Intermediate]

Monday, June 2 – 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Donna Sponaugle, The Hershey Company / Y & S Candies, Lancaster
David Torrey, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Jeffrey Wild, Worknet Occupational Medicine, Philadelphia
Wellness initiatives and how they may trigger or impact a workers' compensation claim. How the Affordable Care Act promotes wellness programs.
 

Legal Updates (Repeated Monday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m.) [Intermediate]

Monday, June 2 – 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Thomas J. Kuzma, Esq., PA Dept. of L&I, Office of General Counsel, Harrisburg and Robert Steiner, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Tiffany M. Holland, ACS Claim Service, Inc., Mechanicsburg
Barbara Holmes, Esq., Blaufeld, Schiller & Holmes LLP, Pittsburgh
Peter J. Weber, Esq., Weber, Gallagher, Simpson, Stapleton, Fires & Newby LLP, Philadelphia
An annual favorite, join in this discussion of the leading cases and current, potentially problematic issues facing workers' compensation practitioners.
 

Basic WC Law - Part 1 of 2 [Basic]

Monday, June 2 – 1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 
David B. Torrey, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Previously offered as WC 101, WCJ David Torrey provides a basic overview of workers' compensation in Pennsylvania, including a discussion on its history, basic entitlements, wage loss, course of employment and disability/partial disability.
 

Sports Injuries – In Which Stadium Did You Get Hurt? [Advanced]

Monday, June 2 – 1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Lawrence R. Chaban, Esq., AlpernSchubert PC, Pittsburgh
Edward Abes, Esq., AbesBaumann PC, Pittsburgh
Michael D. Sherman, Esq., Fried, Kane, Walters, Zuschlag & Grochmal, Pittsburgh
The medical and legal aspects of sports injuries in workers' compensation.
 

Basic Subrogation & Liens: Whose $$$ is it Anyway? [Basic]

Monday, June 2 – 1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 
Richard Schubert, Esq., AlpernSchubert PC, Pittsburgh
Jeffrey Seyfried, Esq., Weber Gallagher, Simpson, Stapleton, Fires & Newby LLP, Harrisburg
Bruce Rende, Esq., Robb Leonard, Mulvihill, Pittsburgh
Providing basic understanding of subrogation and liens under Section 319 of the Workers' Compensation Act.
 

Pass or Fail: Pre-Employment Testing [Intermediate]

Monday, June 2 – 1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Cheryl LaPotin, SDIC, Lansdale
David Frank, MD, Worknet, Mechanicsburg
Schaun D. Henry, Esq., McNees Wallace and Nurick LLC, Harrisburg
Terence Sean McGraw, Esq., Warren & McGraw LLC, Bluebell
Mark Tanis, UPMC WorkPartners, Pittsburgh
What post-offer/pre-employment tests are allowed? Discuss the obligations and restrictions for use of the information collected.
 

Basic WC Law - Part 2 of 2 [Basic]

Monday, June 2 – 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
 
David A. Cicola, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
David Fiore, PSEA, Pittsburgh
Gary H. Hunter, Esq., German, Gallagher & Murtagh PC, Philadelphia
John W. McTiernan, Esq., Caroselli Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy LLC, Pittsburgh
Patricia A. Raskauskas, ACS Claim Service, Inc., Mechanicsburg
A discussion of specific claims processes from the moment of injury until the final adjudication from both the injured worker's and the employer's point of view.
 

Judges Unplugged [Intermediate]

Monday, June 2 – 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Dean Dominick, Esq., Katherman, Briggs & Greenberg, York
Pamela Briston, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Sandra Craig, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Michael E. Koll, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Cathleen Sabatino, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Workers' compensation judges will offer their perspectives on the litigation process. Suitable for all parties to a workers' compensation claim. The judges will discuss WCAIS, fee review appeals, medical evidence, witness credibility, surveillance and more.
 

Workplace Safety: Everyone's Concern [Basic]

Monday, June 2 – 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Bernadette Heckman, Heckman Group LLC, Duncannon
Doug Deitrick, Playworld Systems, Lewisburg
Karen Everhart, First Choice In Home Care, Bedford
John Sanford, Dallastown School District, Dallastown
Benjamin Terroso, Dallastown School District, Dallastown
Panelists will discuss elements of their safety program and how it benefits the bottom line of their organizations. They will discuss challenges such as budget constraints, long work hours and difficult working conditions. Participants will learn risk reduction strategies and tips for maintaining a strong safety culture in tough economic times.
 

Legal Updates (Repeat) [Intermediate]

Monday, June 2 – 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Thomas J. Kuzma, Esq., PA Dept. of L&I, Office of General Counsel, Harrisburg and Robert Steiner, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Tiffany M. Holland, ACS Claim Service, Inc., Mechanicsburg
Barbara Holmes, Esq., Blaufeld, Schiller & Holmes LLP, Pittsburgh
Peter J. Weber, Esq., Weber, Gallagher, Simpson, Stapleton, Fires & Newby LLP, Philadelphia
An annual favorite, join in this discussion of the leading cases and current, potentially problematic issues facing workers' compensation practitioners.
 

As the Claim Turns: Laugh & Learn - Part 1 of 2 [Basic]

Tuesday, June 3 – 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
 
Robert Benischeck, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Sylvester A. Beozzo, Esq., Marcus& Shapira LLP, Pittsburgh
Michael C. Brown, Broadspire Services, Inc., Mechanicsburg
Geoffrey Dlin., Esq., Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, Philadelphia
Kathleen Dupin, Bureau of WC, Claims Management Division, Harrisburg
Victor Fiore, IBEW Local 29, Bakerstown
Eric Preputnik, Esq., PA Dept. of L&I, Office of Chief Counsel, Harrisburg
Janet Wyvratt, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh
This year's session will focus on non-English speaking workers, undocumented workers, uninsured employers, and the multitude of complex issues that may arise.
 

Surveillance in the Digital Media Age [Intermediate]

Tuesday, June 3 – 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
 
Moderated by: Cheryl LaPotin, SDIC, Lansdale
Brian White, Litigation Solutions LLC, Pittsburgh
This presentation will explore the information that is readily available to employers and staff members through social network technologies including social network websites, e-commerce sites, blogging, microblogging, location-based social networking sites and photo/video sharing. Learn how to use the information from these sites and how to protect important business and personal information. In addition, applications for workers' compensation investigation will be reviewed so that the incidence of insurance fraud can be detected.
 

Legal Hurdles and Defenses (Repeated Tuesday, June 3 at 2:45 p.m.) [Intermediate]

Tuesday, June 3 – 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
 
Tom S. Cook, Esq., Calhoon & Associates, Harrisburg
Shawn Gooden, Esq., Weber, Gallagher, Simpson, Stapleton, Fires & Newby LLP, Harrisburg
Topics will include the exclusive remedy of the act, jurisdiction, notice, statute of limitations, employment relationship and course and scope of employment.
 

Mental Squared: Mental/Mental Injuries [Advanced]

Tuesday, June 3 – 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
 
Moderated by: Joseph Huttemann, Esq., Martin LLC, Philadelphia
Alfred J. Carlson, Esq., Martin LLC, Philadelphia
John F. Hayes II, Esq., Cipriani & Werner, Philadelphia
The current status of the law in mental stress causing mental disability cases.
 

As the Claim Turns: Laugh & Learn - Part 2 of 2 [Basic]

Tuesday, June 3 – 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Robert Benischeck, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Sylvester A. Beozzo, Esq., Marcus & Shapira LLP, Pittsburgh
Michael C. Brown, Broadspire Services, Inc., Mechanicsburg
Geoffrey Dlin., Esq., Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, Philadelphia
Kathleen Dupin, Bureau of WC, Claims Management Division, Harrisburg
Victor Fiore, IBEW Local 29, Bakerstown
Eric Preputnik, Esq., PA Dept. of L&I, Office of Chief Counsel, Harrisburg
Janet Wyvratt, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh
Continuation of part 1.
 

How Workers' Compensation Relates to Employment Law - Part 1 of 2 [Advanced]

Tuesday, June 3 – 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Andrew E. Greenberg, Esq., The Chartwell Law Offices LLP, Eagleville
Mary D. Walsh-Dempsey, Esq., Ufberg & Associates, Scranton
Back by popular demand! These panelists will discuss the interface between workers' compensation and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII (Workplace Harassment and Discrimination) and return-to-work programs.Topics will cover how long ADA lasts, employer/employee responsibilities with regard to FMLA and issues relating to separation of employment, including COBRA.
 

Avoiding Litigation Errors [Intermediate]

Tuesday, June 3 – 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Moderated by: Richard McCarty, Jr., SWIF, Harrisburg
Victoria S. Maranzini, Esq., William J. Ferren & Associates, Philadelphia
Barbara Welton, Esq., Welton Law, Erie
This always popular session will provide tips on how to properly handle claims, prepare successful litigation strategies, avoid common errors, and gain helpful tips on using WCAIS.
 

Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) [Advanced]

Tuesday, June 3 – 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Joseph Huttemann, Esq., Martin LLC, Philadelphia
R. Burke McLemore, Jr., Esq., Thomas, Thomas & Hafer PC, Harrisburg
Learn about the new Pennsylvania statute on PEOs and its effect on workers' compensation. The differences between PEOs and temporary staffing agencies will be discussed.
 

Cancer and Firefighters - Part 1 of 2 [Advanced]

Tuesday, June 3 – 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
 
Howard M. Sandler, MD, Sandler Occupational Medicine Assoc., Inc., Melville, NY
In light of Act 46, this doctor will discuss the development of cancer in firefighters with a focus on causation issues in these cases.
 

How Workers' Compensation Relates to Employment Law - Part 2 of 2 [Advanced]

Tuesday, June 3 – 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
 
Andrew E. Greenberg, Esq., The Chartwell Law Offices LLP, Eagleville
Mary D. Walsh-Dempsey, Esq., Ufberg & Associates, Scranton
Continuation of part 1.
 

Medi-Scare: Medicare Set Aside Updates [Intermediate]

Tuesday, June 3 – 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Colin Vroome, Esq., Post & Schell, Philadelphia
Jennifer Alexander, Associates in Rehabilitation Management, Inc., Pittsburgh
Benjamin M. Basista, Esq., Burns White, Pittsburgh
Bridget Langer Smith, Esq., Dickie McCamey & Chilcote PC, Pittsburgh
Provide the latest information on Medicare Set Asides and how they are impacting workers' compensation practice.
 

Let's Make a Deal [Intermediate]

Tuesday, June 3 – 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Dennis McKendry, ACS Claim Service, Inc., Mechanicsburg
Richard Lafferty, Esq., Steffish & Lafferty PC, Butler
George Steffish III, Esq., Steffish & Lafferty PC, Butler
Come on down! Test your workers' compensation knowledge at this entertaining presentation. The game show is quickly becoming a fun-filled conference favorite, and this year's version is based on the long-running TV show with a workers' compensation twist.
 

Cancer and Firefighters - Part 2 of 2 [Advanced]

Tuesday, June 3 – 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Moderated by: Steven Minnick, WCJ, WC Office of Adjudication
Michael G. Dryden, Esq., Willig, Williams & Davidson, Philadelphia
Clifford Goldstein, Esq., The Chartwell Law Offices LLP, Valley Forge
Apply what was learned in part 1 to the legal aspects under workers' compensation.
 

Employers Unplugged [Basic]

Tuesday, June 3 – 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Bill Beddow, The HR Connection LLC, Maryland
Ray Conlin, RN, Esq., Coatesville School District, Coatesville
Randy McCullough, Rhoads Industries, Philadelphia
Christine Wendt, Exelon Business Services, Berwyn
These experienced state and national employers will address topics such as educating the workforce, before-injury training, post-injury treatments, their part in the claims management process, modified duty, return to work, working with the adjuster, and communications with the insurance carriers and panel providers.
 

Legal Hurdles and Defenses (Repeat) [Intermediate]

Tuesday, June 3 – 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Tom S. Cook, Esq., Calhoon & Associates, Harrisburg
Shawn Gooden, Esq., Weber, Gallagher, Simpson, Stapleton, Fires & Newby LLP, Harrisburg
Topics will include the exclusive remedy of the act, jurisdiction, notice, statute of limitations, employment relationship and course and scope of employment.
 

WCAIS Tips & Updates [Basic]

Tuesday, June 3 – 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Get the most current information on WCAIS, its features, its operations, and impact.
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