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Evidence Based Occupational Medicine for Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Health Professionals, July 17, 2017, Hyannis, MA


Product Description

Workers’ Compensation administrative systems and the courts are increasingly using Evidence Based Medicine in causation analysis, utilization review of treatment, and work ability assessment. Understanding how evidence should impact causation determinations, treatment decisions, and work restrictions and limitations is critically important. Physicians will learn how to find and appropriately apply evidence to these 3 areas of workers’ compensation cases. Employers, Case Managers, Adjusters, and Attorneys will learn what to expect of physicians serving as treating physicians, or as File Review or IME physicians.

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:
Attendees will understand what Evidence Based Medicine is, and how to find and apply evidence to the questions around causation, treatment, and work ability in people with common workplace complaints and injuries.

At the completion of this workshop, you will:
• Know the definition and role of Evidence Based Medicine
• Have resources to use to find evidence on questions that arise in your world
• Understand evidence based causation analysis, and why it is important
• Understand evidence based work ability assessment
• Understand evidence based Utilization Review of treatment requests
• Have a template to formulate File Review and IME reports using evidence to support your opinions
• Have references to evidence on several commonly occurring questions in work-related injuries and illnesses.

Distinguished Faculty:
Talmage.jpgJames B. (Jim) Talmage, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon by training. He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and in Emergency Medicine. He serves as Assistant Medical Director for the State of Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP). Since 1992 he has lectured over 700 times to physician audiences in courses sponsored by AADEP, AAOS, ACOEM, SEAK, and multiple other organizations. He does unpaid peer review of articles submitted to two medical journals. He is a Co-Editor of the textbook published by the American Medical Association on Causation and the textbook on Work Ability. He has helped author many AMA products on impairment rating. He is a paid consultant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Continuing Education Credits
Please request CLE credits when mailing in your registration form. 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. Occupational Health Nurses: This activity has been submitted to the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) for approval to award contact hours. The American Association of Occupational Nurses (AAOHN) is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 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. 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. 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. Rehabilitation Nurses: This program will be accepted for the same number of CNE’s for the ARN Certification that is approved by the ANA/AAOHN.



8:00–8:10 Faculty Introduction, Course Outline, Course Objectives

8:10–9:00 Evidence Based Medicine Defined
Evidence medicine will be defined. Sources of Evidence and how to find them will be presented. Levels of Evidence will be clarified.

9:00–10:00 Evidence Based Causation Analysis
How causation analysis affects treatment outcome will be presented. How typical, nonevidence based causation analysis usually occurs in workers’ compensation systems will be contrasted with using the principles of Evidence Based Medicine to determine workrelatedness.


10:15–11:00 Evidence Based Work Ability Assessment
The “Risk”, “Capacity”, and “Tolerance” system of analyzing work ability will be explained. Sources of evidence and how to use them in risk assessment and capacity evaluation will be presented. The role of Functional Capacity Evaluations will be reviewed.

11:00–12:00 Evidence Based Treatment of Common Workplace Injuries
Sources of Evidence and how to use them as a physician treating work injuries, or a file review or IME physician tasked with evidence based Utilization Review will be demonstrated.



The afternoon will be devoted to analyzing mock cases of injuries and illnesses commonly seen in workers’ compensation using the Evidence Based Medicine principles established in the morning session. Cases will be analyzed from the perspective of a treating physician as well as from the perspective of a file review or IME physician in the workers’ compensation Utilization Review system.

1:00–1:45 Upper Limb Cases

1:45–2:30 Lower Limb Cases


2:45–3:45 Spine Cases

3:45–4:30 Internal Medicine Cases

4:30–5:00 Your Cases
[Cases submitted at least 2 weeks in advance by attendees will be slightly modified, so that the identity of the individual is concealed, and 2 or 3 of these will be discussed in the afternoon’s format, using evidence to answer the clinical questions.]

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