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ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Tentative Agenda
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Sunday, November 5, 2023

8:00 am - 5:00 pm                           Registration Open

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm                        Exhibitor Hall Open

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm                          Opening Remarks and Welcome

                                                            Grady L. Beard, Esq., President, SCWCEA; Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, Columbia, SC

 

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm                          10 Years of Mediation: Where Have We Been & Where We Are Now

                                                            Derrick L. Williams, Esq., Williams & Roche, Columbia, SC

                                                                                                                                               

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm                           The Life Expectancy Changes in Workers’ Compensation Injuries

                                                             Jennifer Doble, MD, Paradigm, Walnut Creek, CA

 

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm                          Networking Break

                                                                               

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                          Panel Discussion: Rising Cost of Catastrophic Claims

                                                            Daniel Hayes, Esq., Hayes Firm, PLLC, Asheville, NC

                                                            Danny Vega, Esq., Smith, Born, Leventis, Taylor & Vega, LLC, Columbia, SC

                                                            Erin Farthing, SC State Accident Fund, Columbia, SC

                                                            Barbara Cullum, Eastern Alliance Insurance Group, Charlotte, NC

 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm                          Keynote Speaker: 3 Decisions That Create Resilience

                                                            Dale Murphy, Former MLB Player, 2 time MVP, 7x All-Star

                                                            My road to the Major Leagues was not easy or straight. But I made some decisions along the way that

                                                            directly impacted my ability to achieve my goal–a long career in the Major Leagues. You can do the same.

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm                           Kids’ Chance Silent Auction Reception

 

                                                           

Monday, November 6, 2023

 

8:00 am                                             Complimentary Embassy Suites Breakfast

8:30 am – 5:00 pm                          Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 am – 5:00 pm                          Registration Open

 

9:00 am – 4:45 pm                          Workers’ Comp Academy

9:00 am – 10:00 am                        What Does MMI Really Mean?

                                                            Vernon Dunbar, Esq., McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC, Greenville, SC
                                                            Dewana Looper, Esq., Atkins Law Firm, Columbia, SC
                                                           Dr. William Greer, Tidelands Health, Murrells Inlet, SC
 

10:00 am – 11:00 am                      VOC Assessments & Labor Market Surveys

                                                            Casandra Townsend, MEd, LPC, CRC, IPEC, CEAS FOCUS Resources, LLC, Charleston, SC  

                                                            Vickie Hyman, MS, CRC, LCMHC, CEAS Southern Rehabilitation Network, Inc., Raleigh, NC

                                                            Ellen Adams, Esq., Ellen Mercer Law, Columbia, SC
                                                            Peter Leventis, Esq., Smith, Born, Leventis, Taylor & Vega, LLC, Columbia, SC

                                               

11:00 am – 11:30 am                       Networking Break

                                                                                                                                               

11:30 am – 12:30 pm                       What Makes a Valid Functional Capacity Evaluation

                                                             Christopher Torres, DPT, OCS, CEAS Regional Manager WorkStrategies, Charlotte, NC                             

                                                             Rusty Whitten, Benchmark, Myrtle Beach, SC

                                                             Sam McKelvey, XRTS, Charlotte, NC  

                                                             Robert Townsend MS, CEAS II, CSCS, Bardavon Prevention & Recovery, Overland Park, KS

   

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm                         Lunch 

                                                                               

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm                           Professional Tracks

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 pm – 12:00 pm                  Reception & Dance

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

 

8:00 am – 900 am                           Complimentary Embassy Suites Breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am                        Exhibit Hall Open

                                                                                                                               

9:00 am – 9:30 am                          2023 Inspiration Award

                                                           Commissioner Scott Beck, SC Workers’ Compensation Commission

                                                                           

9:30 am – 10:30 am                        Gig Economy & the Impact on Employers (HR & Safety Implications)

                                                            Sourav Batabyal, Economist at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

                                              

10:30 am – 11:00 am                      Networking Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm                      Provider Availability Issues

                                                            Dr. Patricia Myers, Neurology Specialists of Charleston, Charleston, SC

                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                           

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm                      Commission Update

                                                            Gary Cannon, Executive Director, SC Workers’ Compensation Commission, Columbia, SC

                                                            Commissioners from the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission

12:30 pm                                           Closing Remarks

                                                            Grady L. Beard, Esq., President, SCWCEA; Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, Columbia, SC

12:30 pm                                           Annual Business Meeting

                                                            Election of 2024 Board of Directors

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

 

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

ADJUSTERS

 

Commissioners Session

 

Networking Break

Adjuster Ethics

Hal Willson, Esq., Willson, Jones Carter & Baxley, Greenville, SC

Ashley Kirkham, Esq., Willson, Jones Carter & Baxley, Greenville, SC

 

Best Practices for Communication between Adjusters & Nurse Case Managers

Cindy Carlton, Strategic Comp, Charlotte, NC
Larisa Benson, State Accident Fund, Columbia, SC
Billie Clarke, Carolina Case Management, Raleigh, NC
Anastasia Settle, R.N., C.C.M., Carlisle Medical, Inc., Mobile, AL

ATTORNEYS

Ten Things You Need to Know about Conflicts of Interest

Barbara Seymour, Esq., Clawson & Staubes, LLC, Columbia, SC

Networking Break

What Resilient Lawyers Do Differently 

Stuart Mauney, Esq.Gallivan White Boyd, Greenville, SC

Commissioner Session

 

Attorneys practicing less than 12 years will meet with Commissioners from

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

 

Attorneys practicing more than 12 years will meet with Commissioners from

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

NURSE CASE MANAGERS

 

Commissioners Session

 

Networking Break

Ethics

Steve Yuhas, InQuis Global, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, SC

 

Best Practices for Communication between Adjusters & Nurse Case Managers

Cindy Carlton, Strategic Comp, Charlotte, NC

Larisa Benson, State Accident Fund, Columbia, SC

Billie Clarke, Carolina Case Managers, Raleigh, NC

Anastasia Settle, R.N., C.C.M., Carlisle Medical, Inc., Mobile, AL

EMPLOYERS/SAFETY/

HUMAN RESOURCES

 

Commissioners Session

 

 

Networking Break

OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping with Updates

Angie Baldwin, Training & Development Director,

Outreach & Education, Division of S.C. OSHA

Emerging Issues in Employment Law

Jonathan Lane, Esq., McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC, Charleston, SC

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