Issue 139 - September 2023
2023 Workers’ Compensation Symposium Review
The California JPIA hosted its 15th Annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium on Wednesday, September 6. The event was attended by representatives from Authority member agencies, the workers’ compensation claims team at Athens Administrators, and many of the Authority’s panel attorneys. As in prior years, attendees learned about topics relevant to their agencies’ workers’ compensation programs.
The symposium began with a presentation from Client Engagement Manager Tammy Daniels with Safety National, the Authority’s longtime reinsurance partner. Tammy provided a detailed overview of the various reasons for medical inflation in the workers’ compensation system. Henslee Smith, a subrogation attorney with more than four decades of experience, provided a detailed recap of a complex claim he handled and many of the lessons learned. Alicea Reddy is the administrative director for First Responder Support Network (FRSN), a group that provides weeklong mental health retreats for public safety officers. Alicea’s background as a police officer has enabled her to share great insight into FRSN’s services and how they can benefit those they serve. Tim Rose is a partner with Siegel, Moreno & Stettler. He shared several strategies that claims administrators can utilize to deal with conflicting medical reports.
After a lunch break, attendees heard from a panel from Athens. Bill Larkin, Chrisi Salazar, and Schaunna McEachron offered our members insight into what’s involved in handling a claims desk. They adeptly addressed some of the challenges of the job and the ways our members can help them as they work to represent the Authority.
If you have any topics you would like to be considered for next year’s Symposium, please contact Jeff Rush, workers’ compensation program manager.< Back to Full Issue Print Article