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Credit Hours Approved:
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) approved for 5.00 hours (Course No.: 174006240) (Sponsor No.: 10457)
Continuing Education (CE) for Adjusters’/Agents approved for 6.00 General hours (Course No.: 111216) (Insurance Council of Texas, Provider No.: 32832)
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved 5.00 CE contact clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.
An overview of the available sponsorship levels, benefits and agreement can be found here.
Please refer your sponsorship questions to Steve Nichols at (512) 326-7618 or Cynthia Haywood at (512) 637-5442.

 

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SEMINAR AGENDA
 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Master Chef's Welcoming Remarks

Albert Betts, Jr., Executive Director, Insurance Council of Texas

 

09:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Fire Up the Grill - What Opt-In Means Here vs. Other States

Bob Wilson, President & CEO of WorkersCompensation.com
Bob Wilson will provide an overview of how different states have attempted to enact  ‘opt out” systems for employers and what makes the Texas non-mandatory system, which is not “opt-out”, work so well.
 

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Stressed Out: Changing Approaches to PTSD Panel Discussion
Moderator: Bobby Stokes, Shareholder, Flahive Ogden & Latson
Bobby Stokes will lead an expert panel in a lively discussion focusing on the recent change in how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) claims are handled for first responders, and what the change in the law really means.

Panelists:


Brandi Prejean, Member, Thornton Law Firm


Daniel Morris, The Morris Law Firm, PLLC


Jessica Barta, Public Injured Employee Counsel, Office of the Injured Employee Counsel


Andrew Brylowski, M.D.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Combo Plate: Telemedicine and Workers’ Comp
Griffin Mulcahey, J.D., Founder of Enzyme and Co-Founder of Med2You
Griffin Mulcahey will provide an overview of recent changes in Texas telemedicine law, the role of telemedicine in the treatment of occupational injuries, and proposed rules by the Texas Medical Board and DWC.


 


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. BBQ Lunch by Stiles Switch BBQ

 

 


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Playing with Fire: An Overview of Employer Liability Issues

David Brenner, Partner, Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner, L.L.P.
David Brenner will provide an overview of the exceptions to an employer’s workers’ compensation exclusive remedy defense in Texas. In addition, he will discuss how to evaluate coverage under Part II of the workers’ compensation policy.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 pm.
Something to Chew On: Appeals Panel and Appellate Decisions

Anna Ansari, Partner, Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner, L.L.P.
Anna Ansari will provide an update on significant Appeals Panel decisions (APD) and recent appellate decisions that impact how adjusters and attorneys must address specific workers’ compensation claims issues.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cutting Against the Grain: How To Successfully Challenge Designated Doctor Decisions

Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford
Stuart D. Colburn will discuss strategies for successfully challenging and overcoming the presumptive weight afforded to the report of a designated doctor, including common designated doctor errors.
 


4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Final Housekeeping Matters

Steve Nichols, Manager of Workers’ Compensation Services, Insurance Council of Texas

 

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Social Hour - Join us for complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails.


Thank You Sponsors


 


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