Preventing employee injuries and how best to handle post-injury issues is the eternal challenge for all professionals involved in the workers' compensation process. Most worker injuries occur in the first year a person is in a new job. Statistics suggest an inverse relationship between the length of time off work and the likelihood of returning to work. Thus, it is incumbent on all stakeholders to overcome whatever barriers exist, internally and/or externally, to facilitate injury prevention and timely return to work.
- Applicant recruitment and screening
- Safety in the workplace
- Employer's medical responsibility to the injured worker
- The return to work
- The catastrophic claim
- The attendee will be able to discuss applicant recruitment and screening.
- The attendee will be able to identify the catastrophic claim.
- The attendee will be able to review claim handling and use of board forms.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
A. Rising Workers' Compensation Costs
B. Labor Statistics
C. Importance Of Safety Processes
D. The Workers' Compensation Dollar
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
II. Applicant Recruitment And
A. Position Descriptions
B. Applicant Recruitment
C. ADA Considerations
D. Job Candidate Profiles
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
III. Safety In The Workplace
A. Educating And Training Employees
B. Active Safety Leadership
C. Managers' And Supervisors' Responsibilities
D. Workers' Responsibilities
E. Reporting The Injury
F. Importance Of Written Safety Programs
G. Workplace Violence
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
IV. Employer's Medical Responsibility
To The Injured Worker
A. Drug Testing
B. The Panels Of Physicians, Their Importance And Use
C. Mileage And Reimbursement
D. Independent Medical Examinations
E. MMI And PPD
F. Changing Doctors
G. Pre-Certification Of Procedures
H. Medical Monitoring And Documentation
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
V. Overview Of Claim Handling And
Use Of Board Forms
A. Importance Of Initial Reporting
B. Recorded Statements
C. Witness Interviews And Retention
D. Written Protocol
E. Explanation Of Board Forms
F. Continuous Communication Between Employers And Insurers
G. Anticipation Of Litigation
3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
VI. The Return To Work
A. Facilitating The Return To Work
B. Offer Of Suitable Employment
C. Refusal Of Suitable Employment
D. The Light Duty Release
E. Termination For Cause And Impact On Workers' Compensation
F. Technical Requirements Under The Act For Suitable Job Offers
3:50 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VII. The Catastrophic Claim
A. Qualification Of The Catastrophic Claim
B. The Role Of The Social Security Disability
C. The Voluntary And Mandatory Use Of Rehabilitation Suppliers
D. Work Hardening Programs And FCEs
E. Employer's Responsibility For Additional Education
F. Medicare Set-Aside Trusts