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Managing & Defending Workers’ Compensation Claims: For Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Health Professionals, July 17, 2017, Hyannis, MA


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This unique preconference is for all professionals who are called upon to evaluate, manage, retain & direct counsel, settle & defend Workers’ Compensation claims. Attendees will learn to critically examine the most challenging and vexing workers’ compensation claims to assist them in managing and defending these claims. A nuanced knowledge of proper investigation, evaluation, and what counsel will have to prove to successfully litigate these claims will assist attendees in properly evaluating, managing, and defending these claims.

Monday, July 17, 2017, The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, Hyannis, MA

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: SEAK’s 2017 Conference will be held at The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis. SEAK has secured a special group rate of $170/night for single/double occupancy plus tax. Rooms are limited and this rate expires on June 18, 2017. To make your reservations, please call 866- 828-9111 and refer to the SEAK Group rate. Overflow Hotel: We have reserved a limited block of overflow rooms at The Holiday Inn Hyannis at a discounted rate ($184 single/double). To make your reservations, please call (508) 775-1153 and identify yourselves as being with the SEAK, Inc. group or go to www.holidayinn.com/hyannisma and enter group code “SEA”. Free shuttle service will be provided between the Holiday Inn and the site hotel. Alternative Lodging: As a tourist destination, the Hyannis area has numerous alternative lodging options for different tastes and budgets. Hyannis features national chains such as Holiday Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Doubletree, Fairfield Inn and Suites, and Comfort Inn as well as numerous independent inns, hotels and bed and breakfasts. Since our dates are not over weekends there is typically wide lodging availability.

Registration Information: Tuition is $395 on or before March 31, 2017; $445 April 1, 2017–June 30, 2017; $495 After June 30, 2017 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch with faculty, a workshop manual, and a dynamic learning experience. A 20% discount is available for two or more individuals registering together from the same company.

CONFERENCE CANCELLATIONS: Conference cancellations received in writing on or before June 30, 2017 will receive a full refund. Persons canceling after June 30, 2017 will not receive a refund, but will receive a full tuition credit.

Learning Objectives
At the completion of the course you will be able to:
• Understand how you can assist in managing and defending contested WC claims
• Evaluate injuries, and conditions early on to determine their compensability, and potential exposure
•  Understand the use and abuse of investigation, surveillance,  IME’s, experts and counsel to bring these cases to  successful conclusions
• Understand the role that pre-existing condition, degenerative conditions, intervening and non-work-related causes play
•  Understand the specific issues raised in cases involving:  knee, back, shoulder, psychological cervical and many other WC claims
•  Evaluate reasonable & necessary medical care, medications, rehabilitation, impairment, disability, lost time and return to work
• Employ successful settlement and litigation strategies
• Control costs of workers’ compensation claims
• Evaluate reasonable and necessary medical care
• Understand how to use social media to defend WC claims
• Learn how to make utilization review work for you

Distinguished Faculty:
 Pellegrini_Shenan.jpgShenan Pellegrini, Esq. is a Partner with the law firm Mullen & McGourty in Boston, MA, where she specializes in workers’ compensation defense litigation. She has over 16 years of experience in defending and litigating on behalf of employers, self-insurers, and insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Boston College (B.S. Cum Laude 1996) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. Cum Laude 1999).  Ms. Pellegrini has been a frequent lecturer on workers’ compensation continuing legal education, insurance industry groups and employers.  She is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School for the Workers’ Compensation course.  She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Sub-Committee (now a full section) and serves on its Education Sub-Committee. She is also a member of the American Bar Association. Ms. Pellegrini is a contributing author for the Lexis Nexis Practice Guide for Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation 2014 Edition. 

Continuing Education Credits
Note: If your specialty does not appear below and you desire credits, please contact Karen Cerbarano (Karen@seak.com or 781-826-4974). We can often obtain desired credits upon request, but unfortunately, obtaining some types of credits are not feasible. Please register early, as we can only apply for credits after your registration form has been received and it can take time to get the requested approvals back from the accrediting agencies.
Attorneys: Please request CLE credits when mailing in your registration form. Case Managers: 7.0 contact hours of continuing education for Case Managers have been applied for from the Commission for Case Manager Certification, St. Paul, Minnesota. Disability Specialists: 7.0 contact hours of continuing education for Disability Specialists have been applied for from the Commission for Disability Management Specialists, Schaumburg, Illinois. Nurses: To successfully complete a program and receive contact hours you must: 1) register in, 2) be present for the period of time you are awarded contact hours, 3) complete the evaluation. Occupational Health Nurses: This continuing education activity (CNE) has been approved by the American Association of Occupational Nurses (AAOHN) for 7.25 CNE’s. The American Association of Occupational Nurses (AAOHN) is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Physical Therapists: Continuing Physical Therapy credits vary by state, and will only be applied for if requested in writing on the conference registration form. Physicians: SEAK, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SEAK, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Rehabilitation Counselors: 7.0 contact hours of continuing education hours for Rehabilitation Counselors have been applied for from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Schaumburg, Illinois. Rehabilitation Nurses: This program will be accepted for 7.25 CNE’s for ARN Certification when you submit your certificate.
Note: Any and all commercial products or services displayed or advertised at the 2017 SEAK Conference are neither endorsed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation nor SEAK, Inc. SEAK does not accept commercial support for its programs and does not use faculty members with conflicts of interest.



8:00–8:15 Introduction  
Faculty will explain why an understanding of the legal basis of workers’ compensation claims is crucial for all those involved in the Workers’ Compensation & Occupational Health field

8:15–9:45 Disability Issues
The faculty will present an overview of the Workers’ Compensation system, the keys to early intervention, proper investigation, how medical providers can assist both before and after the claim and how the proper training of supervisors and employees is important to containing claims and improving outcomes. They will review the importance of communication and working with the Insurance Company, Medical Providers, The Employer and the Injured Worker. Questions & Answers.


10:00–11:00 Back & Neck Claims
The faculty will review best practices for information gathering for back and neck claims as well as the specific challenges of back and neck claims, including causation, preexisting and degenerative condition, and return to work. They will explain how back and neck claims affect permanent impairment and permanent total disability issues. Questions & Answers.

11:00–12:00 Lower and Upper Extremity Claims
The faculty will review the specifics of information gathering for upper and lower extremity claims as well as the specific challenges of those claims, including knee, hand, arm, and shoulder conditions, and return to work. They will explain how to identify and address permanent impairment and permanent total disability issues for upper and lower extremity. Questions & Answers.


1:00–2:00 The Psychological Claim
The faculty will discuss the increasing number of mental health claims, including those resulting from physical injury and those resulting from mental stress. The faculty will explain the legal issues raised by the type of claim, the type of investigation needed, preexisting condition, the burden of proof requirements and common steps to take to manage the claim. The faculty will also discuss the medical challenges involved in return to work issues for psychological claims. Questions & Answers.

2:00–3:15 10 Essential Steps to Controlling the Value of a Comp Claim
In this extended intensive session the faculty will present the 10 crucial steps to controlling and managing workers’ compensation claims that allow the injured worker to return to work quickly and safely, in the most cost efficient manner possible Questions & Answers.


3:30–4:30  Current Issues Involving Reasonable & Necessary Medical Care, Medications, Opioids, Impairment, & Permanent & Total Disability
The faculty will explain the legal requirement for proving or disproving that treatment, care or medications are allowed benefits under workers’ compensation. They will discuss the important role occupational health professionals can play. Questions & Answers.

4:30–5:00 Takeaways & Discussion

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