VIRTUAL ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE (live) - Sessions available On-Demand through October 23rd for continuing education credits
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 am


Steven A. Yuhas, M.Ed., CRC, CLCP, NCC, CCM, CBIS SY Consulting, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, SC, SCWCEA President

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Understanding the Physician Shortage in SC Workers’ Comp

AnnMargaret McCraw, CEO, Midlands Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery,PA, Columbia, SC
This session will explore the factors contributing to a physician shortage in SC workers' compensation and consider strategies to mitigate it.

10:00 am – 11:15 am

When Workers’ Compensation and Employer Responsibilities Intersect

Brian Gates, MHR, PHR, SHRM-CP, Lutheran Homes of South Carolina, Inc. Irmo, SC
Candace G. Hindersman, Esq., Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, PA, Columbia, SC
Amy Jenkins, Esq,, McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC, Charleston, SC
George A. Taylor, Esq., Chappell Smith & Arden, PA, Columbia, SC

Various laws may be involved in work-place illnesses or injuries. Understanding the interplay of these regulations to assure compliance and employee protections are essential. Learn how to navigate this issue more easily and legally.

11:15 am – 11:45 am

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11:45 am - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Workers’ Compensation and Telecommuting

Holly Atkins, Esq., Atkins Law Firm, Columbia, SC
Regan A. Cobb, Esq., Holder Padgett Littlejohn + Prickett, LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Patricia Kline, Strategic Comp, Rock Hill, SC
Employers have little control over the employee’s home office and are responsible for providing a safe work environment for telecommuters and those on company property. Learn how to manage workers’ compensation for remote employees.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ethical Obligations and Best Practices in Workers’ Compensation

Barbara M. Seymour, Esq., Clawson & Staubes, LLC, Columbia, SC
How professionals handle workers’ comp cases is critical The ability to determine good from bad while implementing veracity, confidentiality and fairness are a few of the cornerstones required to maintain a high level of standards. Understanding how to develop best practices is also essential in the effectiveness of services to clients.

Tuesday afternoon sessions will be devoted to attorney ethics

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Why Technological Incompetence is No Longer Acceptable or Ethical

Mary Lucas, Esq., SC Department of Natural Resources, Columbia, SC
Leslie W. Whitten, Esq. Young Clement Rivers, LLP, Charleston, SC
A true nightmare scenario for any law firm would be a data breach that exposes a client’s sensitive and confidential information. The ethical rules require that attorneys stay sufficiently apprised of technology to prevent and properly respond to cybersecurity incidents. This session will address ethical obligations, walk attendees through an imagined
cyber-breach at a law firm, and provide lawyers and clients with practical tips on how to better protect their data.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living Well: Using the Power of Nature to Reduce Stress and Increase Satisfaction and Productivity

Jo Watson Hackl, Esq., Wyche Law Firm, Greenville, SC
A healthy lawyer is a good lawyer. Far too often, attorneys suffer in silence while experiencing prolonged stress and anxiety as well as high rates of depression and substance abuse. This talk will share how nature can be a healing tool both personally and professionally.

5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Steven A. Yuhas, M.Ed.,CRC, CLCP, NCC, CCM, CBIS , SY Consulting, Inc. Mt. Pleasant, SC, SCWCEA President

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Monday, October 19, 2020

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Steven A. Yuhas, M.Ed., CRC, CLCP, NCC, CCM, CBIS,SY Consulting, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, SC, SCWCEA President

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Commission News and Updates

Commissioners from the SC Workers' Compensation  Commission

Gary M. Cannon, Executive Director

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Best Practices During and After a Pandemic

D'Anne Hannah, Wright Rehabilitation Services, Woodstock, GA

Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Medical Director, Occupational Medicine, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC

Brian Peers, PT, MedRisk, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Tosca Walls, Planned Administrators, Inc. (PAI), Columbia, SC

A panel discussion to provide a roadmap for professionals in the workers' comp system dealing with the pandemic.  Understanding how to handle evolving changes, negotiations with providers, telemedicine, and the impact on claims are a few of the issues being addressed.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Participating in our online game for a chance to win one of six VISA gift cards.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Economics of Workers' Compensation

Robert Hartwig, Ph.D., Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Economist Bob Hartwig will provide a review of the critical economic factors impacting the workers' compensation system.  This session is an entertaining and fast-paced tour de force that will inform your view of our industry and the key drivers impacting workers' comp.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Scrambler Therapy

Lesle Long, MD, Carolina Pain Scrambler Therapy, Greenville, SC

Scrambler Therapy is an innovative, FDA cleared, technology that treats chronic neuropathic pain without medications, injections, spinal cord stimulator implantation, or surgical intervention.

3:00 pm

SCWCEA Annual Business Meeting & Closing Remarks

Steve Yuhas, SY Consulting and SCWCEA President

Tosca Walls, Planned Administrators, Inc. (PAI)

Election of 2021 Board of Directors

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