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2019 Program & Schedule

35th ANNUAL MWCEA CONFERENCE

Ocean City, Maryland * September 22 - 25

Complimentary shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from 7 am to 4 pm Tuesday between overflow hotels and conference hotel.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
7:00 am - 12 noon
REGISTRATION (Atrium Level)
7:00 - 9:00 am
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (Upper Exhibits)

Sponsored by: Ellin & Tucker

7:00 am - 12:30 pm
EXHIBITS OPEN
9:00 - 10:00 am
Vocational Rehabilitation in the Here and Now

Join our presenters as we discuss vocational issues on the horizon, including increased minimum wage, the gig economy, technological training, and self-employment.

Moderator: Angela G. Kozlowski, Esq. Franklin & Prokopik, P.C.
Matt Drzik, MS, CWPE REHAB AT WORK
Speakers: Ashlee K. Smith, Esq. GodwinTirocchi, LLC
Todd L. Schuler Esq. Blondell, Miller & Schuler, LLC
Deborah Hildebrand Genex Services, LLC
Commissioner: Hon. Delia Turano Schadt
10:00 - 10:45 am
What!? There is a Statute? - Top 10 Forgotten, Overlooked, and Ignored Statutes and Regulations in the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act

The panelists will review and discuss provisions under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act and regulations that are overlooked or forgotten by attorneys, adjusters, employers and insurers. The panelists will discuss the importance of these provisions for claims handling by adjusters, employers, and risk managers and in presenting matters before the Commission to avoid penalties, fines or unfavorable decisions.

Moderator: Michael H. Daney, Esq. Erlandson, Vernon & Daney, LLC
Panel: J. Michael Harrison, A.A.G. Uninsured Employer's Fund
Jeffrey W. Stickle, Esq. McCarthy Wilson, LLP
Joan P. Adelman, Esq. Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company
Commissioner: Hon. Howard L. Metz
10:45 - 11:00 am
PORTH AWARD
Presenters: Nancy L. Harrison, Esq.
Hon. Cynthia S. Miraglia
11:00 - 11:15 am
BREAK
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Workers' Comp Automation: The Next Generation

As part of its ongoing mission, the Commission is undergoing an Enterprise Modernization Project, updating its hardware, software, and business processes. Just as Starfleet upgraded the Enterprise to the Galaxy class, the next generation of electronic claims processing is revolutionary. This presentation will highlight the new system and its forthcoming rollout.

Hon. R. Karl Aumann, Chairman, Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission

Moderator: Joseph F. Zauner, III, Esq. Zauner & Mtimet, P.A.
Panel: Arthur F. Hebbeler Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission
Theresa Cornish Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission
Mary K. Ahearn Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission
12:15 - 1:45 pm
LUNCH & LEARN
The Constellation of Benefits: A Guide to the Galaxy of Claims

This Lunch and Learn will examine other benefits available to a Claimant, from ADA actions to Unemployment Insurance Claims and the relationship such claims have with Workers' Compensation. The panel will use case studies and scenarios to discuss benefits outside of the Workers' Compensation Act, and the impact such benefits may or may not have at different stages of a Workers' Compensation Claim.

Sponsored by: Maryland Defense Counsel

Moderators: Brian D. Katzenberg, Esq. Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
Lissa H. Bales Montgomery County Government
Panel: Lauren E. Pisano, Esq. Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby, LLP
Sarah N. Koop, Esq. Cipriani & Werner, P.C.
Angela Wiley-Jones Montgomery County Government
Commissioner: Hon. Tracey Parker-Warren
9:00 pm - 12 midnight
MWCEA Closing Gala (Crystal Ballroom)
Aliens & Astronauts Costume Party Featuring The Deviations!

Rock out to everyone's favorite MWCEA Rock Band, dress up as your favorite martian, astronaut or alien! Win prizes and dance the night away!

Sponsored by Dr. Jeffrey D. Gaber & Associates, P.A.



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