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Experts to discuss health care law, CMS regulations at ABA workers’ compensation seminar

Experts to discuss health care law, CMS regulations at ABA workers’ compensation seminar

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, March 6, 2014 — Legal and industry experts will examine issues relating to workers’ compensation, including system regulations, the effects of the health care law, insurance premium fraud and opioid abuse at the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Workers’ Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference next week in Chicago.

What:  
Workers’ Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

When: 
March 13-15

Where:
Conrad Chicago Hotel
521 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Program highlights include:

“Health Care Reform’s Impact Nationally and on Workers’ Compensation” — While some Affordable Care Act provisions have already taken effect, many more will be implemented in the coming years. Panelists, including Elbert Huang of the University of Chicago Medicine, will review the health care law and its effects.
Thursday, March 13, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

“CMS Regulations and Medicare Legislation” —This panel will discuss efforts to deal with the regulations established by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at both the state and national levels in order to allow the workers’ compensation system to again offer balance and predictability in the resolution of workplace accident claims.
Friday, March 14, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

“The Opioid Epidemic” — Edward P. Steffan of EPS Rehabilitation Inc. in Tinley Park, Ill., and Dr. Marianne Cloeren of Managed Care Advisors in Bethesda, Md., will address the medical, legal and vocational concerns that arise when injured workers are prescribed opioids, powerful and addictive drugs that alleviate pain.
Friday, March 14, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

“How Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premium Fraud Destabilizes the Competitive Markets” — An interactive panel of investigators, prosecutors and industry experts will discuss the harmful effects of insurance premium fraud schemes on law-abiding businesses, workers and the public.
Friday, March 14, 2 – 3 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Emily Ortman at Emily.Ortman@americanbar.org.

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice.

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