Monday, August 28
6:45 Registration Re-Opens
Registration remains open throughout the day.
6:45 - 8:30 Breakfast is Served
Comp Summit EXPO Opens
Join us for breakfast and the opportunity to meet our sponsors and EXPO participants. View a wide array of products and services for the workers' compensation community in Maine!
8:00 - 9:00 The Comp Summit News Hour
Interviews with Workers' Compensation Thought Leaders. In this opening plenary session, Workers' Compensation Board Executive Director Paul Sighinolfi hosts and engages special guests in conversations about the big issues of the day. Taking the stage in 2017 are: 1) Jennifer Christian, MD and Chief Medical Officer of Webility, an organization that is a national player in the workers' compensation public policy arena, based in Wayland, Massachusetts; and 2) Marques Torbert, CEO of Ametros in Boston, a company with a very new way of looking at medicare set asides and settlements. These morning interviews look at two angles of the same broader question - how do we best serve the human needs of injured workers? A key component of getting injured workers well is the value of their conversations with doctors and other medical professionals. We'll look at the importance of language in the employee recovery process. Another central component in resolving workers' compensation claims is the settlement process, and we want to make sure that settlements intended to cover medical costs do what they are intended to do. We'll look at the intriguing proposition that settlements creating "trusts on their own" may allow injured workers to burn through their settlement money. Not a happy result for the injured worker or the system.
9:15 - 10:30 Choice of FIVE Concurrent Programs:
10:45 - 12:00 Choice of FOUR Concurrent Programs:
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and EXPO
Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch and visit our EXPO participants, who make so much of what you see at Comp Summit possible!
1:00 - 2:00 Legal Year in Review
The Appellate Division, the Law Court, and the Legislature. This is the annual and thorough analysis of WCB and appellate decisions from the past year, plus a look at the status of legislation and the rule-making process in Maine. Dan Gilligan (Troubh Heisler in Portland), Jeff Cohen (McTeague Higbee in Brunswick), and John Rohde (Workers' Compensation Board) lead this session, which will include a written synopsis of all the key cases, guidance for legal counsel, and the implications of these decisions on the larger workers' compensation community in Maine. Check back soon for a list of legal issues to be discussed. Plenary session.
2:00 - 2:30 Dessert and EXPO
Enjoy savory desserts and visit the EXPO Hall to see the quality workers' compensation products and services offered by our sponsors.
2:30 - 3:45 The Great Debate Returns
Comp's kitchen sink forum - should this REALLY be paid? This engaging staple of Comp Summit gets to the heart of whether or not a claim should be paid. The kitchen sink panelists continue to refresh this presentation, and they will focus their debate on whether an injury arises out of and in the course of employment, whether notice was timely, and whether unusual claims for payment of incapacity benefits or medical expenses should be paid. Disputes are common and decisions hinge on the specific facts. Using a fast-paced and entertaining debate format that has continued to engage even the most seasoned practitioner, the panel will present cases decided by the Board, Appellate Division and/or Law Court so that actual decisions will be revealed. The panel will present both the employer and employee’s perspective and the audience will weigh in before the outcome of the actual case is given. As such, the discussion will give attendees practical guidance in analyzing new and pending claims.
Faculty: Anne-Marie Storey (Rudman Winchell in Bangor); Tamii Rose (Claims Manager, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England in Gorham); Rita Bean (Mediator, Workers’ Compensation Board in Bangor); and Elaine Holland (Leen, Chase & Dufour in Bangor).
4:00 - 5:00 Workers' Compensation Board
Regularly Scheduled Meeting. An extra component at Comp Summit this year is the chance to observe the Workers' Compensation Board in action. You'll see their proceedings on the issues of the day, any rulemaking updates, analysis of any changes from the past legislative session, and administrative matters before the Board. There also will be a presentation to the Board by Court Call, where they will demonstrate their sophisticated system for the remote transmission of mediations and conferences.
5:00 - 6:00 Reception, EXPO, and Prizes!
Please join us for hors d'oeuvres, conversation about all the day's exciting moments, and a chance to win some great prizes.
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 - 11:00 Conversations in the Enoteca Lounge at the Samoset
Enjoy a quiet evening with your Comp Summit friends.