Making Workers' Comp Work Conference To Be Catalyst for Fixing Broken California System
on: February 17, 2010, 7:48 am
Stephen Crane/ Crane Creek
Industry: Human Resources
Five years post-S.B. 899, this conference on March 11-12 at the San Francisco
Marriott Marquis will bring disparate players together to start fixing a broken
workers’ comp system in California.
The Making Workers’ Comp Work Conference is FREE for employers, HR managers and
claims professionals. Lawyers and doctors may attend for a fee of $495.
SAN FRANCISCO --February 17, 2010 -- The inaugural Making Workers’ Comp Work
Conference (www.makingworkerscompwork.com) will bring together leading employers and
top industry experts in law, medicine and insurance to find solutions that will make
workers comp work for all. The conference is designed for employers, claims
professionals, lawyers, doctors, human resource professionals, risk managers, and
anyone whose work involves California workers' compensation. It will take place at
the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on March 11-12.
The Making Workers’ Comp Work Conference features industry leaders including the
United States Marine Corps, Virgin America, University of California,
Salesforce.com, Los Angeles County, Willis Insurance, City and County of San
Francisco, San Francisco Unified School District, Santa Clara County, Stanislaus
County, Work Comp Central, and leading physicians, attorneys, insurance
professionals, and claims representatives including Dr. Nortin Hadler, Dr. Bob
Barth, Dr. Alan Colledge (Medical Director of Utah Work Comp), Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr.
Barbara Krantz, Dr. Mel Pohl, Dr. John Alchemy, Zachary Sacks, Esq., Phil Walker,
Esq., Ben Pugh, Esq., Jake Jacobsmeyer, Esq., Kevin Shaw, Esq., David Cohen, Esq.,
Ron Garrity, Esq., Littler Mendelson, Jerry Fogel (architect of the Florida worker’s
comp reforms), Cheryl Morosini, Dave Chetcuti, Angela Livingston, Annette Lindley,
Diane Cohen, Debra Hinz, First Comp, CCMSI, Sedgwick CMS, and Travelers Insurance.
"We are partnering with leaders in the workers comp industry to start fixing a
broken system and champion reforms that benefit all parties in the system," said
Phil Neal Walker, conference organizer and workers’ comp attorney at The Phil Neal
Walker Law Firm (www.philnealwalkerlaw.com) "We are convening the first-ever
workers’ comp community conference that brings together all the players to share
ideas and best practices to help create a system that operates with maximum justice,
effectiveness and – most of all -- integrity.”
Delivering on the many meanings of integrity – steadfast adherence to an ethical
code, consistency of actions and outcomes, and systemic reliability – will act as a
compass for the conference. In over 30 events and breakout sessions
(http://bit.ly/bkYlKA), attendees will learn immediately applicable lessons from top
experts in the workers comp field (http://bit.ly/9faO7q), share best practices, and
discover and share win-win scenarios that work for both companies and employees.
“A highlight of the conference will be a closing session where – as a group – we
will determine a list of priorities necessary to fix the system,” said Walker.“After the conference closes, we will be taking these priorities straight to the
Governor and Legislature in Sacramento.”
A highlight of the conference will be the first annual Integrity Awards for
Achievements in Workers’ Compensation. Winners of the awards will include employers,
lawyers, medical and insurance experts who have contributed to making improvements
to the workers comp system. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to
be held the evening of Thursday, March 11.
TANGIBLE BENEFITS TO LAST FAR BEYOND THE CONFERENCE
Attendees will immediately benefit from the conference, leaving with tools and
techniques that can be implemented immediately – from little to no cost -- to
produce savings of $14,500 in Permanent Disability per 75% of claims, reduction of
35% of overall PD through apportionment, and reduction of 40% of medical treatment
One of these tools is ClaimsForce, a one-stop solution for managing workers’ comp
claims that has been developed with Salesforce.com and will be launched at the
conference. ClaimsForce will allow workers’ comp specialists to manage their
workers’ comp ecosystem from a simple online dashboard, including 24/7 case updates,
documentation management, doctor lists, online doctor appointments, resource
libraries, checklists, calculators, and international doctor consults.
ABOUT THE MAKING WORKERS COMP WORK CONFERENCE
The Making Workers’ Comp Work Conference (March 11-12 in San Francisco) brings
together leading employers and top industry experts in law, medicine and insurance
to find immediate and practical solutions that will make workers comp work for all
in California. This conference is the first of its kind, combining education,
networking, crowdsourcing and political activism. The conference is organized and
sponsored by The Phil Neal Walker Law Firm www.philnealwalkerlaw.com.
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