Lana H. Sims, Jr., Esq.,
Adams and Reese, LLP, Columbia, SC President, SC Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
My Client is Addicted. What are my options?
April Groff, Ph.D.,
Learning Services, Raleigh, NC
Learning Services has developed a new
innovative pain rehabilitation program
for individuals in need of effective
rehabilitation for disabling chronic
pain. This is an individualized
approach with evidence-based
methods to effectively maximize
function and quality of life while
reducing dependence on medication
and surgical intervention.
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opioid Regulations: The Future of Drug Management
Scarlette K. Gardner, Esq.,
State Workers’ Compensation Manager,
North Carolina Office of State Human Resources, Raleigh, NC
The North Carolina Industrial
Commission adopted opioid
prescribing guidelines that went
into effect May 1, 2018. The rules are
specific to care being provided to
injured workers in North Carolina. This
session will review the more critical
points of the new guidelines.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Back to Work; Back to Life
Javid Baksh, MD,
Advanced Practice Solutions, Asheville, NC
This session will focus on the physician/
case management collaborative
using multiple modalities and a
comprehensive approach to ultimately
restoring as much functionality and
quality for patients with the goal of
getting them back to work and back
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
8:00 am – 9:00 am
8:30 am – 11:00 am
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Future of Workers’ Compensation
Sedgwick, Chicago, IL
Co-Author of “Workers’ Comp Issues to Watch”, Ms. George will revealissues on the horizon in workers’ compensation. Topics include healthcare, legislative, workplace security, digital health, impaired workforce and much more.
Hemp Hemp Hurray! The benefits of CBD in patients with pain
James Taylor, MD,
Integrated Pain Solutions, Wilmington, NC
Polls show more Americans in favor of legalized medical marijuana. During this session Dr. Taylor will share data and information on the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for medical purposes.
Best Practices for Workers’ Compensation Management
Commissioners from the SC Workers’
Commissioners will share best practices to ensure the best possible outcomes.
6:00 pm - 7::00 pm
Monday, February 25, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast With The Commissioners
An interactive question and answer session with Commissioners from the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission.
9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Relationship of Thoughts, Beliefs, & Expectations to Pain & Disability in the Treatment of Injured Workers
Les Phillips, Ph.D.,
EmergOrtho, Raleigh, NC
The first upsurge of an opioid epidemic began in 1991 when deaths involving opioids began to rise following a sharp increase in the prescribing of opioid and opioid-combination medications for the treatment of pain. The second wave began in 2010 and the third in 2013. Learn the history, guidelines, and future treatments.
Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) – Validity, Reliability and use by Physicians for work restrictions
Carrie Manges, PTA, CAES,
CORA Rehabilitation Clinic, Lexington, SC
FCEs assess the functional physical ability of an individual to perform a work-related series of tasks. To be a valid instrument, it should measure what it intends and to be valid implies that the FCE measures what it intends to measure and is plausible. This session will demonstrate an FCE, address the validity and reliability and cover how physicians use this evaluation to determine a patient’s abilities, restrictions, and need for accommodation.