MWCEA
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2022 Preliminary Program & Schedule

36th ANNUAL MWCEA CONFERENCE

Ocean City, Maryland * September 18 - 21, 2022

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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
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 noon
EXHIBITS OPEN
9:00 - 10:00 am
Fun with Funds - Don't be "Confunded" . . . Tips and Practical advice for navigating claims involving the Funds

The panel will discuss how to determine when a claim should involve a Fund, how to get a Fund into a claim, and the Dos and Don'ts when your claim involves a Fund.

Moderator: J. Michael Harrison Assistant Attorney General, Uninsured Employers' Fund
Panelists: Robert C. Erlandson, Esq. Erlandson, Vernon & Daney, LLC
Christine Hartline Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Corp.
Jeff Horowitz, Esq. Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC
Ellen Jones, Esq. Assistant Attorney General, Subsequent Injury Fund
Albert B. Randall, Jr., Esq. Franklin & Prokopik, P.C.
David Stesch, Esq. Assistant Attorney General, Uninsured Employers' Fund
10:00 - 11:00 am
Putting a Mask on Pain

The appropriate use of chronic opioids for pain, standards of care / requirements for prescribing opioids, and the (mis)application of CDC guidelines.

Moderators: Matthew D. Gordon, Esq. Law Office of Mitchel M. Gordon
Eric Buchner, M.D. Sinai Hospital
Panelists: Felix Gurman, M.D. Clearway Pain Solutions
Edward Soriano, D.O. Garrett Regional Medical Center
Commissioners: Hon. Delia T. Schadt Workers' Compensation Commission
Hon. James Forrester Workers' Compensation Commission
10:45 - 11:00 am
PORTH AWARD
11:00 - 11:15 am
BREAK
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
More than Acrobatics: Evaluating and Litigating COVID-19 Claims

The novel Corona virus that upended the world in 2020, also brought and brings novel issues of compensability and value under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act. In this seminar, the panel will discuss how to screen and evaluate new claims, whether to allege an AI or OD, trial tactics available to both sides, and consider evolving permanency issues for injured workers who allege residual "long haul" impairment, including whether or when to implead the Subsequent Injury Fund.

Moderator: Brian D. Katzenberg, Esq. Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
Panelists: Lyndsey B. Meninger, Esq. Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company / Injured Workers' Insurance Fund
James K. MacAlister, Esq. Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
Commissioners: Hon. Kathy A. Evans Workers' Compensation Commission
Hon. Tracey Parker Warren Workers' Compensation Commission
12:15 - 1:45 pm
LUNCH & LEARN
CompHub: Act 2

After a successful off-off-off-Broadway test run, CompHub takes on the bright lights and tough critics. At the Lunch and Learn session, critics and fans alike will have the opportunity to see the second act of the CompHub system teased at our last event. Come one, come all!

Sponsored by: Maryland Defense Counsel

Moderator: Edward W. Goldsmith Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Subsequent Injury Fund
Panelists: Mary K. Ahearn Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission
Theresa Cornish Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission
Arthur F. Hebbeler Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission
Commissioner: Hon. R. Karl Aumann Workers' Compensation Commission
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Kids' Chance 1K Fun Run & Walk on the Beach!

Grab lunch, T-shirts & Prizes! Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities can participate in this fun run & walk in the sand to raise money for the Kids' Chance of Maryland, Inc. scholarship fund. Enjoy refreshments and LUNCH courtesy of MWCEA on the Ocean City Fontainebleau Resort deck after the fundraiser. Join us to support a great cause!

Where:
On the Ocean City Fontainebleau Resort beach front
Participation Levels:
$25
Sandpiper Friend (Includes T-shirt)
$100
Seagull Supporter (Includes T-shirt and name listed on social media and in the Kids' Chance eNews)
$250
Osprey Sponsor (Includes T-shirt, and name on social media, Kids, Chance enews and event signage)
Other Donation
We will gratefully accept any gift amount
9:00 pm - 12 midnight
MWCEA Closing Gala (Crystal Ballroom)
Big Tent Costume Party - Featuring The Deviations!

Trip the lights fantastic as you rock out to everyone's favorite MWCEA rock band, wear your favorite circus costume and be prepared to be amazed! Win prizes and dance the night away!

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



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See you September 18 - 21, 2022 in Ocean City!



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Opening Reception
Monday Night Event / Bonfire
Breakfast with the Commissioners
Monday Lunch & Learn
Tuesday Lunch & Learn
Monday Photo Booth
Monday Continental Breakfast

Ellin & Tucker
Tuesday Continental Breakfast

Ellin & Tucker
Virtual Program: COMPHUB AND new COMAR REGULATIONS

Darleen and Frank Lipshultz