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    2014 California Workers' Compensation & Risk Conference

    2014 SCHEDULE

    Continuing Education Credits:

    WorkCompCentral is the Approved Continuing Education Credit Provider for this Event
    CE Credit Hours for California:18 Broker Fire/Casualty (pending); 18 Claims Professional;18 MCLE / Legal Specialization

    HR Certification Institute is the Pre-Approved Continuing Education Credit Provider for HR Credits PHR, SPHR, & GPHR

    CE Credit Hours 11



    Tuesday, September 9th 

    Golf Tournament Registration (Club 19, St. Regis Hotel)

    9:00am-3:30pm (Golf Tournament “4 Man Best Ball” Shotgun)

    3:30pm-4:30pm (Awards Reception, Club 19, St. Regis Golf Course)

    1:00pm- 8:00 pm Attendee Registration & Exhibitor Set Up/Registration

    6:00 pm – 8:30 pm: CWC & Risk Conference Advisory Board Dinner (INVITE ONLY)


    Wednesday, September 10th 

    6:30 am – 11:00 am Attendee Registration

    6:45 am - 7:45an Continental Breakfast in Foyer Area by Sessions

    7:45 am -5:30 pm Conference Sessions

    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Opening Night Reception 

    7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Dueling Piano's at Hotel Lobby Bar


    Thursday, September 11th 

    7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast in Foyer Area by Sessions

    8:00 am - 5:30 pm Conference Sessions

    5:30 pm - 8:15 pm Monte Carlo Night   

    8:15 pm - 12:30 pm Dance/DJ 


    Friday, September 12th 
    7:30 am – 9:00 am Networking Breakfast in Expo Hall

    9:00 am - 12:30pm Conference Sessions

    10:00 am -  Exhibitor breakdown 

    1:30pm - Conference Concludes





    Full Schedule along with dates and times will be posted by July 15


    Employer & Stakeholder Panel: The Current State of California Workers Compensation and what’s on the horizon for 2015



    Mark Walls (Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis) Safety National



    William Zachry, VP of Risk Management (Safeway), Trustee (Self Insurers’ Security Fund)

    Tim East, Director of Risk Management (The Walt Disney Company)

    Bill Mudge, President  & CEO (WCIRB California)

    Kurt Leisure, VP, Risk Services/Assets Protection (The Cheesecake Factory Inc.)

    Seeta Ambati  (Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi)

    James G. Butler  (Butler Viadro, LLP)


    Workers' Comp Insurance Market Trends- CEOs & Stakeholders "Open Mic" Q&A Panel

    This session will feature Insurance Market E- and C-suite leaders, senior management and industry stakeholders identifying emerging trends that are of great importance to employers in California. What's on the horizon for 2015? Where is the market headed both nationally and on a regional basis?



    Pamela Ferrandino, National Casualty Practice Leader, Placement (Willis North America)



    Duane Hercules, President (Safety National)

    Bill Rabl, Chief Operating Officer (ACE Risk Management)

    Robert Darby, President (Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies) (WCIRB Chairman)

    Michele Tucker, Vice President (CorVel)


    Keynote Session: SB 863…18 months later… Update from Director Christine Baker, Department of Industrial Relations

    This session will discuss the effects of SB 863 and what this means for employers. Topics to be discussed include: Challenges for employers, Goals and objectives for 2014 and 2015 & new legal compliance



    Christine Baker, Director (California Department of Industrial Relations)


    Self-Insurance Update

    This session will provide an update on key workers’ compensation issues impacting self-insurance in California providing a 360 degree view including a major self-insured employer, the Security Fund and regulatory perspective.


    Jon Wroten, Chief (Office of Self-Insurance Plans)

    William Zachry, VP of Risk Management (Safeway), Trustee (Self Insurers’ Security Fund)


    Cyber Security: Implementing a Strategic Risk Management Strategy

    Discover how to achieve a monumental savings by implementing a strategic risk management strategy which includes cyber-insurance.

    This session will cover:

    -Understand the risks to your company’s data and critical systems

    -Explore ways that information can be compromised & discover methods to mitigate it, including insurance solutions

    -Business impacts of cyber-insurance

    -Re-defining of the rules of cyber-insurance, using an approach called , ‘reverse underwriting’



    Grace Crickette, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk  & Compliance Officer (AAA NCNU)



    Workers' Comp Appeals Board Update: 2014 Decisions & Latest Trends in Workers' Comp Litigation. Session will address: update on this year's most significant WCAB decisions& how it will impact stakeholders, What's on the horizon for 2015 and how you can be proactive.



    Ronnie Caplane, Chairwoman (California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board)

    Katherine Zalewski , Commissioner (California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board)


    DWC Update: The latest developments from California Division of Workers Comp

    The panel will address the following: New Rules & Regulations, Permanent Disability, Utilization Review, Audit Unit Update & What's on the horizon for 2015

    Session Goal: To ensure the audience is up to date on new regulations in California and how they impact employers and other stakeholders.


    Drenee Miners, (AVP/Governmental Affairs) Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.


    Destie Overpec, Acting Administrative Director (DWC)

    Rupali Das, MD, Executive Medical Director (DWC)

    Cora Lee, Compliance Manager – UEBTIF \ SIBTF Audit Unit (DWC)


    Connecting the Dots….Tying in the foundational pieces with your Best Practice Future State

    Each Speaker from a diverse collection of Employers will spend time outlining the fundamental Best practices in the present state of their organizations Work Comp & Risk departments and bridging this to the vision of their future state Best Practices. This diverse collection will serve as an educational platform for other employers to compare & benchmark against their own organizations present & future state. Data will be shared along with the individual matrix that is presently utilized to measure the programs performance. Goals and proposed measurements for the future states will also be shared. The practices will include an overview of internal and external claims management, loss control, safety & cost containment efforts highlighting the financial success of these programs with associated savings. The goal is to assist individuals charged with reducing costs and developing/implementing programs to positively affect their organizations bottom line.



    Joe Carresi (Manager, Project/Product) Southern California Edison

    Jill A. Dulich (Senior Director) Marriott International, Inc.

    Joel Sherman (Director, Safety & Work Comp) Grimmway Farms

    Judie Tsanopoulos (Director, Work Comp & Loss Control) St. Joseph Health System


    Navigating Through the New Penalty Landscape

    From Medical Provider Networks to Independent Medical Reviews, there is exposure to a new crop of penalties. This session reviews penalties created by Senate Bill 863 and what you need to know to avoid and mitigate this new exposure.


    Kevin Confetti (Director, Employment Practices & Workers’ Compensation) University of California

    David Smith (Divisional Vice President – Risk Management) Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

    Dawn Watkins (Director Integrated Disability Management) Los Angeles Unified School District

    Edward Canavan (Vice President, WC Practices & Compliance) Sedgwick Claims Management Services


    Technological Interventions to Prevent Loss

    Presenters will describe projects that have successfully leveraged technology to provide timely actionable changes that result in loss reduction. The technology itself along with the training and administration needed to support the technology will be outlined. Also included in this session is the Next Frontier in Workers’ Compensation, Telemedicine (Telehealth). Participants will leave the session with the ability to put together the ingredients necessary for successful technological interventions.


    Karen Kridel-Schwabe (Senior Manager, Risk Management) The Walt Disney Company

    Kurt Leisure (VP Risk Services) The Cheesecake Factory

    George Brogmus (Technical Director) Liberty Mutual –Helmsman

    Dr. Laurence Miller (Medical Director) Anthem Workers’ Compensation

    Robert Dickerson (Session Coordinator- Sr. Account Executive) Liberty Mutual – Helmsman


    “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” (Match #1)

    Take a ringside seat to claims litigation avoidance during this “Hot Debate”  when a Defense and applicant’s Attorney Go Head-to-Head on Lack of Diligence, Acceptance and Denial of Claims . This CA WC Law session will take a look at the claims process through the eyes of the carrier, the risk professional, defense & applicant attorney.

    Topics to be addressed include:

        Developments and best practices in handling new claims

        Discover why workers’ compensation claims end up in litigation

        The importance of taking careful and proactive control of the claim

        How to pick and choose your battles – it’s not cost effective to fight and challenge everything

       Examine the statute of limitations, reservation of rights letters, attorney-client privilege, rights in and out of the policy and settlement theories


    Jeff Pettegrew, Chief Imagination Officer (, Retired after 10+ Years at SISF and 37 years in Risk Management


    Bill Goldstein, Senior Vice President/Regional Claims Manager (Wells Fargo Insurance Services)

    Robert G. Rassp, Esq. (The Law Office of Robert G. Rassp)


    Misty Hambright, Workers’ Compensation Claim Manager ( American Airlines)Invited

    Let’s Get Ready to Rumble”  (Match Up #2)

    Take a ringside seat for the Inside Scoop on TPA liability….. Find out the legal inside scoop why so many cases in CA are still open while.  An Employer Attorney will go head to head with 3 attorneys representing  the TPAs.


    Jeff Pettegrew, Chief Imagination Officer (, Retired after 10+ Years at SISF and 37 years in risk mgt.


    Nicholas P Roxborough (RPNA)

    3 speakers TBD


    Reserving Strategies, or Why Bornheutter-Ferguson is Not an Exotic Disease

    An actuary, a broker and an insured discuss in simple terms the validity and strategic uses of diverse WC reserving methodologies, including Point Estimate and Ultimate determinations. The session will emphasize end goals include the stability of financials, the determination of adequate collateral, the impact on adjusting tactics and the calculation of experience modifiers and loss picks. The discussion will focus on the core reserving values of consistency and transparency in the context of meeting management program goals.



    Henry H. Cabaniss  (VP Insurance) SOI

    Christine M. Fleming, ACAS, MAAA (Principal, Claims Management Consultant) Milliman

    Michael V Termine (Vice President, National Accounts) Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc


    Improving Outcomes: Cost Effective Expedited Processes & Communications

    Expedited quality care can improve medical and functional outcomes, return to work and cost savings. Industry experts will discuss cost & time saving strategies to proactively streamline communications and reduce adversarial situations between Injured Workers, Medical Providers, Payors, Reviewers and Employers. Takeaways will include easy to implement steps & tools to expedite and improve clinical outcomes with the appropriate use of Guidelines and the medical information flow, authorizations, utilization review and Independent Medical Review processes.



    Kenneth Eichler (Director, Regulatory and Outcome Initiatives) Work Loss Data Institute

    Bernyce Peplowski (Senior VP, National Med Strategy and Innovation) US HealthWorks

    Francine Johnson (VP, Regulatory Business Consulting and Analysis) Coventry Workers’ Comp Services

    Jill A. Dulich (Senior Director) Marriott Claims Services


    4th Annual “MSP/MSA Compliance Open Mic Panel

    This panel will discuss “current issues” and “best practices” in regards to MSP,MSAs and Section 111 reporting with allotted time for attendee Q&A. This session will reach out to an Intermediate/Advanced level of attendees.



    Mark Walls (Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis) Safety National



    Rafael Gonzalez (Vice President ) PMSI

    Jessica Smythe (National Medicare Compliance Consultant) ISO Claims Partners

    Roy A. Franco (Chief Legal Officer) Franco Signor LLC

    Melisa Zwilling (Medicare Compliance, Chair) Carr Allison

    Marie Henry  (Staff Counsel) Gould & Lamb


    Does Morale Really Matter? Creating a Culture of Civility

    This session highlights the relationship between the organization's work environment and its future claims for on-the-job injury, the roles that poor communication skills, personal insecurity and "the rumor mill" play in creating a toxic culture within your organization & identifies evaluation points and action steps designed to enhance the work environment toward a more productive, positive and safer culture. This program is applicable to all staff, but is especially critical for officials, administrators, department heads, human resources managers, risk managers, safety coordinators and first-line supervisors.



    Michael Fann (Director of Loss Control) TML Risk Management Pool

    Leading Industry Blogger Panel:

    Join the top industry bloggers to discuss and debate the hottest issues facing the workers' compensation & risk management industry. This session will be fast paced, informative and entertaining. Audience members will have the chance to pose questions to the panel in this interactive format.



    Mark Walls (Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis) Safety National


    David Depaolo ( President )

    Dale Debber (CEO/Publisher) Providence Publications

    Robert G. Rassp, Esq. The Law Office of Robert G. Rassp

    Rebecca Shafer, JD. Amaxx


    Active Shooter: Preparedness and Planning, Employer/Broker/Security Perspectives

    This topic will cover security, insurance, and claims (workers’ compensation and general liability) perspectives on workplace violence. This session will include the following: graphic videos, terrorism as a form of workplace violence & testimonials from security and police experts to support the development of a formal workplace and active shooter response program. Take-Aways: Create a plan outline for an emergency response, Educate employees about their roles & Discovery of post incident recovery goals



    Michael Simmons, Director Risk Management (Riverside Community College District)

    Gene Iovino, Former LAPD, Iovino Investigations


    Health Care Reform: Impact of the Affordable Care Act on California Private and Public Sector Employers

    Session will cover: Update on what the Affordable Care Act means for Workers’ Compensation & Risk professionals, along with other Key Health and Human Services Issues facing the state and country.





    Got Milk?

    Fraud continues to occur in epidemic proportions, but the numbers pale in comparison to the waste from abuse. Panel will educate you about the elements required to obtain fraud convictions, but will also share things you can do to control or eliminate malingering and abuse from injured workers, medical providers and others.


    James P Bradley (Vice President Strategic Management) The Reny Company


    Jiles Smith EH&S (Risk) Manager  (Grainger) , Member (State Fraud Assessment Commission)

    Shaddi Kamipour Deputy District Attorney Orange County

    Jennifer Lentz Snyder (Head Deputy, Healthcare Insurance Fraud) LA County District Attorney's Office

    Laura Clifford (Executive Director) Employer Fraud Task Force


    Corporate Sustainability, Wellness, Injury Prevention and High ROI


    Dennis Downing, President  Future Industrial Technologies, Inc

    Co- Presenter (TBD)