Sunday, August 27
9:00 Conference Registration Opens
Welcome to the 24th Annual Comp Summit!
Our team is at your service throughout the conference.
10:00 - 2:00 Comp Summit Orientation: Knowledge and Skill Building
Comp 101. This session is designed for those professionals with three years or less experience with Maine’s workers’ compensation system. If you are highly familiar with the system, the basic issues, and form filing requirements, this program is not for you. Following introductory remarks by Paul Sighinolfi, the Board’s Executive Director, our faculty will introduce you to key concepts, terminology, and procedures. Learn about the sequence of events that follow a typical compensation claim and the basic defenses to a claim. The faculty also discusses the completion of Board forms as well as the obligation and time frames for filing the forms, with particular emphasis on the common errors in form completion that we all encounter. Written materials prepared by the program faculty and by the Board will supplement the presentation.
Faculty: Steve Moriarty (Norman, Hanson & DeTroy in Portland); Deborah Buccina (Douglas, Denham, Buccina & Ernst in Portland)and Gordon Davis (Training and Outreach Coordinator, Workers' Compensation Board).
Lunch is included for individuals who pre-register for this session.
NOON Shot Gun Start! Comp Summit Golf Tournament
The stunningly beautiful Samoset golf course awaits. Join the annual golf festivities, test your skills, enjoy camaraderie, and win prizes. Shotgun start with a scramble format that everyone can enjoy. Boxed lunch is provided. Team prizes plus awards for longest drive and closest to the pin. You can register to play when you register for the conference or any time prior to August 17. Form your own team or let us assign you to a fun grouping.
2:15 - 3:45 TWO CONCURRENT PROGRAMS
Program A: Comp 201
Deep Dive. For graduates of the Comp 101 session, and for those with added experience managing comp claims, we offer this more detailed analysis of key issues in Maine. Among the topics on the table: 1) Permanent impairment and durational limit determinations; 2)) Arranging an effective section 207 examination; 3) The NOC and MOD – how many are necessary? 4) Preparing and filing a 21-day letter to reduce or suspend benefits; 5) Average weekly wage issues (fringe benefits, sick and vacation time); and 6) Recurrent form-filing problems and errors.
Faculty: Steve Moriarty and Lindsey Morrill Sands (Norman, Hanson & DeTroy in Portland); Gordon Davis (Training and Outreach Coordinator, Workers' Compensation Board), and Margaret Bratten (Advocate, Workers' Compensation Board).
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Program B: Comp 301
Roundtable Discussions for SEASONED Comp Professionals. This is the opportunity for the more experienced members of the Comp Summit audience to share thoughts and ask big questions of your peers. Nelson Larkins (PretiFlaherty in Portland) will facilitate conversations with suggested topics, but the main focus is to allow you to bring the most important issues you face to the table and hear the collective wisdom of the group - with diverse voices from the legal, occupational health, insurance, and case management communities.
5:00 - 6:30 Grand Welcoming Reception
Join the summit's opening reception. It's a great way to renew acquaintances and make new Comp Summit friends. Enjoy the delicious hors d'oeuvres and networking--poolside!
6:00 - 9:00 Dinner on Your Own
Enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Mid-Coast Maine. Dining options from the most elegant to the most traditional await you in Rockland, Camden, and Rockport. Check out Trip Advisor, the concierge desk at the Samoset, or your own private sources of information. Plan ahead!
9:00 - 12:00 Entertainment Begins in the Enoteca Lounge!
GREAT MUSIC! GREAT CONVERSATIONS!