This seminar is designed for human resource and payroll professionals, attorneys, insurance claims representatives, risk managers, safety directors, rehabilitation specialists, occupational health nurses and accountants.
Disputes are inevitable in workers’ compensation claims and it is important to understand the hearing process in order to maximize your prospects of prevailing. This program will emphasize practical steps you can take to succeed at workers’ compensation hearings. The faculty consists of experienced attorneys who have handled thousands of workers’ compensation cases, a leading physician expert, as well as representatives of the State of Hawaii Department of Labor, Disability Compensation Division.
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
8:45 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
II. Controverted Cases: Section 12-10-73 Of The Related Administrative Rules
A. Requesting Extensions Of Time To File Report
B. Filing The Report If Compensability Is Denied
C. Consequences Of Failing To File Timely Requests For Extensions Or Report
D. Departmental Actions After Report Has Been Filed
9:20 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
III. Vocational Rehabilitation Issues
A. The Vocational Rehabilitation Process
10:10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
10:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
IV. The Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule
A. Which Fee Schedule Disputes Are Heard By Cost Review Branch And Which Are Heard By Hearings Branch
B. Treatment Plans
D. Health Care Fees
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
V. Medical Reports, IMEs And The Fifth Edition Of The AMA Guides (Part I)
A. Impairment Under The 5th Edition Of The Guides
12:00 p.m. - 12:10 p.m.
VI. Questions And Answers
12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
VII. Medical Reports, IMEs And The Fifth Edition Of The AMA Guides (Part II)
B. Performing Quality Medical And Impairment Evaluations
2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
2:50 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
A. An Overview Of The Hearing Process
B. How To Prepare For The Hearing
C. Hearing Tactics And Techniques
D. Position Statements
E. Submission Of Medical Records
F. Appellate Considerations
4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
IX. Questions And Answers