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One-Day Workers' Compensation Seminar on Fundamentals Set for December 6, 2012 in Parsippany, NJ

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If you have questions or would like further information about this semniar, please contact Carol Wright at cwright@capehart.com or (609) 234-1776.

Morning Session:

8:15-8:30 a.m.: Introduction and Networking

8:30-9:15 a.m.: The Building Blocks of the New Jersey Workers’ Comp Act

Part One: Benefits and Eligibility

Lora V. Northen, Esq., Capehart Scatchard

John H. Geaney, Esq., Capehart Scatchard

  • Medical control and the impact of maximal medical improvement on med and temp benefits
  • Requirements for temporary disability benefits & Gioia case
  • How to calculate rates for temporary and permanency benefits
  • When employers can terminate benefits in New Jersey
  • Eligibility for partial permanent disability benefits
  • What you need to know about the Second Injury Fund and third party liens

9:15-10: 00 a.m.: Part Two: The Key Defenses Employers Must Know To Win In Workers’ Compensation

  • The going-and-coming and premises rules
  • Idiopathic claims and major deviations from work
  • Understanding the statute of limitations and notice defenses
  • How to win occupational stress cases
  • Defending heart and stroke claims

10:15-11:00 a.m.: The Key Elements of a Strong Workers’ Comp Program ­­ Panel Discussion

Michele Flamm, Bergen Regional MC

Frank Del Gaudio, County of Essex

Daniel Boyer, York Claims Services

Moderator: Lora V. Northen, Esq., Capehart Scatchard

  • Learn what comp managers do to control costs
  • How to design good return-to-work programs
  • Developing effective communication with physicians
  • Why good adjusters make an enormous difference in controlling costs
  • When to retain investigators and case managers on files

11:00 a.m.-Noon: “We Feel Your Pain” ­ Effective Pain Management in New Jersey

Dr. Jonathan Lester, Comprehensive Spine Care, P.A.

  • Best practices in pain management in workers’ compensation
  • When to do injections and when to use narcotics
  • Reaching maximal medical improvement — problems and obstacles
  • Avoiding addiction and abuse of pain medications
  • Weaning patients off narcotics: Suboxone and other techniques

Noon-1:00 p.m.: Buffet Lunch Included (network with the speakers and visit the sponsor booths)

Afternoon Session:

1:00-2:00 p.m.: “Fraud, Lies and Videotapes” ­ ­Panel Discussion

Bryan Varallo, Capcon Group

Nancy Fowlkes, Inservco

John H. Geaney, Esq., Capehart Scatchard

  • The key fraud cases from 2012 that we all need to know
  • Listen to an experienced adjuster discuss how she handles fraud claims
  • Learn from an accomplished investigator on winning surveillance methods
  • How is fraud defined in New Jersey: is it just working while on temp?
  • What you can do in-house to fight fraud and get more effective surveillance?

2:15-3:00 p.m.: Back Claims and Causation Issues in Workers’ Comp

Dr. Charles Gatto, Tri­County Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, Inc.

  • How important is the past medical history to a spine surgeon?
  • What information matters to surgeons on the issue of causation?
  • Cutting edge trends in back and neck surgery
  • When should fusion be done and when should it be avoided?
  • Are MRIs over-read?
  • What do bulging discs really mean?

3:00-4:00 p.m.: Audience and Speaker Exchange: Complex Issues Facing Employers and Carriers on ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation

Lora V. Northen, Esq., Capehart Scatchard

John H. Geaney, Esq, Capehart Scatchard

  • Work through a hypothetical return-to-work case scenario with the speakers
  • Do post-offer exams make sense in your place of employment?
  • How to deal with return to work and fitness-for-duty issues?
  • Tips on avoiding ADA litigation
  • How to coordinate FMLA and workers’ compensation

4:00 p.m.: Program Concludes

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