Agenda

Conference Registration
  • 9 AM - 5 PM
  • West Registration Desk
Exhibits & Silent Auction Open
  • 1 PM - 7 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Phil Kalin
CEO, Pinnacol Assurance
Ellen Golombek
Executive Director, Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
  • 1 PM - 1:10 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR AB Aisle
General Session 1: Legislative Update

Learn about the latest changes in legislation and Rules of Procedure as it relates to workers' compensation in Colorado.

Paul Tauriello
Director, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
  • 1:10 PM - 2 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR AB Aisle
Afternoon Refreshment Break
Exhibitors
  • 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
Breakout Session 1

The Division hasn't always had a formal process for dealing with billing disputes. Find out how this process came about, who is handling your disputes, what steps are taken to reach agreements and ensure compliance, hear some startling numbers, and learn about the variety of issues this process can address.

Dispute Resolution From a Healthcare Perspective
Christy Culkin
Manager of Medical Services, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Doug Kotarek, Esq.
  • 2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
  • West Ballroom AB
Breakout Session 1

Listen to opposing sides debate current decisions issued by the Colorado Supreme Court, Industrial Claims Appeals Panel, and Office of Administrative Courts.

Case Law Update: ICAO and Court of Appeals Cases
Moderator: Craig Eley
Prehearing Administrative Law Judge, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Panel: Janet Frickey, Esq.
The Frickey Law Firm
Panel: Doug Kotarek
Hall & Evans, LLC
  • 2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
  • West Ballroom CDs
General Session 2: Regulators Roundtable

The Colorado Regulators Roundtable welcomes agency leaders from three states to a panel discussion focused on the challenges, concerns and issues facing jurisdictions across the nation. Developing issues of concern in one state may be an omen for future developments across the country. Similarly, problems addressed and solved in one state may provide a similar avenue of success in another; and legislative initiatives, whether state specific or federally initiated, know no boundaries. Join us for a unique opportunity to hear regulatory leaders from across the nation discuss those most current and critical issues.

Moderator: Paul Tauriello
Director, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Panel: David Langham
Deputy Chief Judge, Florida Division of Workers' Compensation
Panel: Frank McKay
Chairman, Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation
Panel: Bob Gilliland
Chair, Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission
  • 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR AB Aisle
Welcome Reception
  • 5 PM - 7 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
Conference Registration
  • 7:30 AM - 5 PM
  • West Registration Desk
Exhibits & Silent Auction Open
  • 7:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
Continental Breakfast
  • 7:30 AM - 9 AM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
Keynote: Never Let Anyone Tell You No
Amy VanDyken
Amy Van Dyken Rouen
Olympic Gold Medalist
  • 9AM - 10 AM
  • Rcky Mtn BR AB Aisle
Morning Refreshment Break
Exhibitors
  • 10 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
Breakout Session 2

A unique opportunity to hear about how technology is shaping the medical side of workers' compensation. Topics include: medical technology, reporting, and return to work.

Technology in Comp
Moderator: Dan Sung
Manager of Medical Policy, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Panelist: Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, NCS
Director of Physical Therapy, Craig Hospital
Panelist: Matthew Miller
Senior Project Leader, Pinnacol Assurance
  • 10:15 AM - 11:05 AM
  • West Ballroom AB
Breakout Session 2

Ever wonder what exactly the judges are looking for? Take this opportunity to hear from judges in the Colorado workers' compensation administrative courts systems about what they expect to see when you appear before them at a prehearing, hearing, or on your appeal.

How To Get It Right
Moderator: Pat Clisham
Manager of the Director's Office/Prehearing Administrative Law Judge, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Panelist: Patrick Spencer
Administrative Law Judge, Colorado Office of Administrative Courts
Panelist: Brandee Defalco Galvin
Administrative Law Judge, Industrial Claims Appeals Office
  • 10:15 AM - 11:05 AM
  • West Ballroom CD
General Session 3: Catastrophic Injuries - From The Moment Everything Changes

Journey with this panel from the moment a catastrophic injury occurs to returning that person to meaningful employment. This panel will evaluate and offer different perspectives for how to navigate each curve along the road to recovery.

How To Get It Right
Moderator: Dan Sung
Manager of Medical Policy, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Panelist: Amy Newton
Associate Vice President of Insurance Operations, Pinnacol Assurance
Panelist: Alan Weintraub, M.D.
Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program, Craig Hospital
Panelist: Janet Frickey, Esq.
The Frickey Law Firm
Panelist: Sam Mankin
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • 11:15 PM - 12:25 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR AB Aisle
Lunch - Featuring the Pinnacol Foundation

Chris Sautter, Executive Director of the Pinnacol Foundation, will share the organization’s mission and impact alongside one of the Foundation’s scholarship recipients.

Chris Sautter
Executive Director of the Pinnacol Foundation
  • 12:25 PM - 1:40 PM
  • West Ballroom
Breakout Session 3
Opioid Controls/Drugs
Moderator: Kathryn Mueller, M.D.
Medical Director, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Panelist: Kathy McCranie, M.D.
Panelist: Caroline Gellrick, M.D.
  • 1:40 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Divide Room
Breakout Session 3

Ethics: from the oath of admission to playing together in the sandbox.

Whatever Happened to Class? Ethics in Today's World
Craig Eley
Prehearing Administrative Law Judge, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
John Steninger
Prehearing Administrative Law Judge, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
  • 1:40 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Rcky Mtn AB/Aisle
Afternoon Refreshment Break
Exhibitors
  • 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
Breakout Session 4

Are you confused by Colorado's Medical Treatment Guidelines? Come to this interactive session and learn how to navigate the guidelines. Additionally, you'll be given the opportunity to share your ideas about obstacles to using the guidelines and how to improve them.

Colorado's Medical Treatment Guidelines: The Most Complicated Skill Is To Be Simple
Roy Foster
Medical Treatment Guidelines Coordinator, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
  • 2:50 PM - 3:40 PM
  • Divide Room
Breakout Session 4

Journey with DIME Doctor, Greg Reichhardt, as he guides you through the process of a Division Independent Medical Exam (DIME) from the perspective of the independent medical provider performing the exam and completing the reports.

A DIME Doctor's View
Greg Reichhardt, M.D.
  • 2:50 PM - 3:40 PM
  • Rcky Mtn AB/Aisle
General Session 4: Marijuana: A Medicine, Recreation, and Business

With most states allowing it for medical purposes, and an increasing number allowing it for recreation, marijuana has become a common topic in the workers' compensation world. What remains a mystery to most however, is the actual business behind this growing industry and the facts concerning levels of intoxication, therapeutic effects, and medical consequences of its use. Join us for a discussion on these subjects as we gain first-hand insight with the experts.

Moderator: Paul Tauriello
Director, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
Panelist: Caroline Gellrick, M.D.
Panelist: Nick Donaldson
Co-Founder, Ganja Capital Advisors
Panelist: Michael Kosnett, MD, MPH
Panelist: Lynn Honderd
Co-Founder & CEO, Mary's Medicinals, Mary's Nutritionals and Mary's Pets
  • 3:50 PM - 5 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR AB Aisle
Director's Reception
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Lake Terrace Dining Rooms
Conference Registration
  • 8 AM - 12 PM
  • West Registration Desk
Exhibits & Silent Auction Open
  • 8 AM - 12 PM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
Continental Breakfast
  • 7:30 AM - 9 AM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
General Session 5: By the Numbers: Opioid Use in Colorado

The National Council on Compensation Insurance will share information about workers' compensation claims with opioid/benzo prescriptions. This will include statistics on the number of prescriptions and payments.

Raji Chadarevian
Manager and Associate Actuary, NCCI Holdings, Inc.
Susan Schulte
NCCI Holdings, Inc.
  • 9AM - 9:50 AM
  • Rcky Mtn BR AB Aisle
Morning Refreshment Break
Exhibitors
  • 9:50 AM - 10:10 AM
  • Rcky Mtn BR CD
General Session 6: Myths of DOWC

Mild mannered PALJ by day…DOWC Myth Buster by night…join David Gallivan in his quest to debunk the misconceptions, false impressions, and generally incorrect assumptions surrounding Colorado's workers' compensation system as he fights to save your claims from all perils known and unknown.

David Gallivan
Prehearing Administrative Law Judge/Regulatory Analyst, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation, Myth Buster Extraordinaire
  • 10:10 AM -11:00 AM
  • Rcky Mtn BR AB Aisle
Closing Remarks
Paul Tauriello
Director, Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation
  • 11 AM - 11:20 AM
  • Rcky Mtn BR AB Aisle