Welcome to the MWCEA 35th Annual Conference! Please fasten your seat belts and prepare for lift off, as we have an action-packed adventure to show you: "The New Frontier" in Workers' Compensation. On behalf of the MWCEA flight crew, we are delighted that you are with us on Flight MWCEA 2019. This year's conference is highlighted with informative sessions in several aspects of Workers' Compensation and we also promise to inspire you with a story from the western frontier and the world of rodeo. The 2019 MWCEA keynote speaker Amberley Snyder's true story of grit and determination to never give up on her dreams encourages us all to have the fortitude to carry on even in the face of adversity.
We will then fast forward into the future with a variety of topics, including a panel discussion with a practicing neurosurgeon and the Commission's medical director, as they discuss the effect of an injury to the lumbar spine, the preferred methods of treatment, and what's in store for the future of spinal medicine.
Brush up on your legal knowledge as our multi-jurisdictional panelists will discuss the multi-faceted aspects of workers' compensation law.
Learn about the new trends in vocational rehabilitation and how the workers' compensation industry has pivoted to meet the expanding needs of this growing landscape.
Our team of legal experts will discuss the grave importance of provisions and regulations for claims and how ignoring them can adversely impact the outcome of those involved. Hear from experts on what's new in the world of investigative surveillance, and impending changes looming on the horizon.
Be among some of the first to get a sneak preview of the Commission's new electronic claims processing system, and learn about the inner workings of short-term disability, family leave, ADA and workers' compensation and you how they all fit together.
Lastly, don't forget to pack your favorite alien or astronaut gear for our favorite out-of-this-world, Workers' Rock band... The Deviations! Our Tuesday night annual gala will feature the MWCEA Aliens & Astronauts Costume Contest so get into your favorite martian gear to win! As always, we hope you will have a blast at this year's Conference and we look forward to your participation!