33RD ANNUAL
MWCEA CONFERENCE
Ocean City, MD
September 17 - 20, 2017

2017 Program & Schedule

33rd ANNUAL MWCEA CONFERENCE

Ocean City, Maryland * September 17 - 20

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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
7:00 - 9:00 am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (Exhibits)
7:00 am - 12 noon
REGISTRATION (Atrium Level)

Conference issued badges will serve as admission to events and should be worn at all times.

7:00 am EXHIBITS OPEN
8:15 - 8:45 am
New Electronic Employee Claim Form C1 Filing Process

Learn the essential skills to effectively and accurately use the new program before it becomes the mandatory filing process.

Moderator: Joe Zauner, Esq. Zauner & Mtimet P.A.
9:00 - 10:00 am
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions: Medical and Legal Aspects of Workers' Compensation Claims
"I have much to learn, I know that." - THOR

Using a case study of a Claimant with a traumatic brain injury / concussion, the panel will discuss their approach to assessment, treatment, restoration of functioning and legal issues, including determination of impairment.

Moderator: Michael H. Daney, Esq. Godwin, Erlandson, Vernon & Daney, LLC
Speakers: Barbara Cochran, MD Neuro Trauma Institute, MSHC
Bruce Rabin, MD, Ph.D. LifeBridge Health
James Reed, Esq. Office of James Reed, P.A.
Jason Shultz, Esq. Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP
Commissioner: Delia Schadt
10:00 - 10:45 am
Early Identification of Potential Barriers to Vocational Rehabilitation
"A new journey to be started, a new promise to be fulfilled, a new page to be written . . ." - Wonder Woman

Which barriers to re-employment can be surmounted if addressed early in the life of a claim? Join us as we discuss communication between, and assessment by, the parties before the claimant reaches maximum medical improvement, and the Commission's role in vocational disputes that may arise during this period.

Moderators: Angela Kozlowski, Esq. Franklin & Prokopik
Barry Bernstein, Esq. Semmes
Speakers: Jody Malcolm, LCSW-C, CLCP CCM, CRC, CDMS, CVE Malcolm & Associates, LLC
Jamie L. DeSisto, Esq. Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP
Tara Frame, Esq. Frame & Frame, LLC
Commissioner: Cynthia S. Miraglia
10:45 am PORTH AWARD PRESENTATION
11:00 - 11:15 am BREAK
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Subrogation & Liens
"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a lien." - Superman

Often, knowing whether there is a lien — if you must pay a lien, when, to whom, and how much — is akin to trying to leap a tall building in a single bound. Faster than a speeding bullet, your simple compensation case can turn into kryptonite. Child support liens, Medicare Advantage Programs, and third-party tort actions can produce headaches more powerful than a locomotive. Our not-so-mild mannered speakers will heroically guide you through the obstacles so you can find Truth, Justice, and the Cleverest way to get up, up and away from the complications.

Moderator: Ileen M. Ticer, Esq. Law Office of Ileen M. Ticer
Panel: Jennifer C. Jordan, JD, MSCC, CMSP MEDVAL, LLC
Lori Keel Child Support Administration
Michael C. Lind, Esq. Macleay & Lind, LLC
Donald P. Maiberger Anderson & Quinn, LLC
Maria L. Oesterreicher, Esq. Child Support Administration
Commissioner: Jeffrey Weinberg
12:30 - 2:00 pm

LUNCH & LEARN

Don't Get Caught in a Tangled Web
"We all have secrets: The ones we keep and the ones that are kept from us." - Peter Parker aka SpiderMan

Join this panel to discuss the impact of social media in today's workers' compensation system as it relates to the use of information in the administration, litigation and resolution of the claim. Discussion will include: when and how to approach your clients' social media postings; what importance does the court really place on this form of evidence; what reality do your social media relationships create for your clients; and to what extent can counsel access social media postings (public or private) and whether such information is "discoverable" or if it can be shared with other parties.

Moderator: Matt Peffer, Esq. ChasenBoscolo
Panel: Lance Montour, Esq. Humphreys, McLaughlin & McAleer, LLC
Matthew Trollinger, Esq. Trollinger Law, LLC
Commissioner: Jeffery Herwig
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Kids' Chance 1 Mile Run / Walk on the Beach!

Get Your Hot Dogs, 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. Join us to support a great cause!

Where: On the beach in front of the Clarion Resort

Participation Levels: $20 Sandpiper Friend Sponsor (Includes T-shirt)
$100 Seagull Activity Sponsor (Includes T-shirt)
$250 Osprey Flying Scholarship Sponsor
(Includes Company Logo on T-shirt)
$500 Fun Run / Walk Sponsor
(Includes Company Logo on T-Shirt, and opportunity to speak a few minutes at Hotdog Appreciation Gathering on the Beach after Run / Walk)
Other Donation We will gratefully accept any gift amount

Add the Fun Run Event after Registering for the Conference >

Or Register Using the Fun Run Flyer >

Sponsored by: Link to Kids Chance Maryland website
8:30 p.m - 12 midnight
MWCEA SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS PARTY

Music by The Deviations

Sponsored by Dr. Jeffrey D. Gaber & Assoc., PA

"You can find friends in super unexpected places." - Ms. Marvel

Join your friends and colleagues for a SUPER costume party with MWCEA's own band, The Deviations! Wear a superhero or villain costume and show us your costume to win prizes, get your photo in the MWCEA photo booth, dance the night away and flaunt your cape!

Superheroes and Villains evening party with The Deviations band at the MWCEA Conference




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