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Schedule

Full schedule with Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018

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2018 VWC Educational Conference Topics

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Case Law, An Update from the Commissioners

A discussion of recent cases of interest as presented by the Commissioners of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

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PTSD Claims in VA in the Wake of Hess v. Virginia State Police

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has recognized post-traumatic stress disorder since 1980. With each revision (currently DSM-5), the diagnostic criteria have been associated with substantial changes. In Hess vs. Virginia State Police, 68 Va. App. 190, 806 S.E.2d 413 (2017), the Commission and Court of Appeals denied a PTSD injury award for lack of a “sudden shock or fright,” despite such no longer being a criterion for the current diagnosis of PTSD per DSM-5. This discussion will focus on the areas where the law and medicine have diverged with respect to their treatment of PTSD injury claims.

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MSA’s and Medicare Conditional Lien Payments

This presentation will introduce work comp professionals to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, including mandatory insurer reporting, resolution of conditional payments, and Medicare set aside allocations, approval, and administration. It will provide work comp professionals with the information to be reported to Medicare in order to comply with mandatory insurer reporting, walk attendees through the steps to resolve Medicare Part A (hospital) and B (physician) conditional payments, as well as Part C (advantage plans) and D (prescription plans) liens. It will introduce those in attendance to the various components of set aside allocations, what factors are significant when deciding whether to submit or not an allocation to Medicare for review and approval, and determine whether self-administration or professional administration of the set aside funds is appropriate.

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Expanding the ADR Envelope: Creative Uses of Mediation

A moderated panel will discuss innovations and new developments in the Commission’s use of ADR, including mass mediations, multi-jurisdiction claims, contemporaneous resolution of workers’ comp. questions with other legal claims, and the impact of new technology on the mediation process.

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Ethics for Attorneys

This topic will include emphasis on Rules of Professional Conduct. Rule 1.9(b), which states: “A lawyer shall not knowingly represent a person in the same or a substantially related matter in which a firm with which the lawyer formerly was associated had previously represented a client:
(1) whose interests are materially adverse to that person; and
(2) about whom the lawyer had acquired information protected by Rules 1.6 and 1.9(c) that is material to the matter; unless both the present and former client consent after consultation.” The presentation will discuss pitfalls to avoid related to workers’ compensation cases.

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Telemedicine

Telemedicine is increasingly being applied in workers’ compensation. Participate in a simulation of a virtual visit and learn about administrative, legal, and clinical issues that should be addressed.

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Federal Update on Workers’ Compensation

The changing U.S. workforce has many implications — including those impacting workers compensation. Federal initiatives could have an impact. This session will take a deep dive into those implications, as well as other proposals that could impact the state of the workers’ compensation system.

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Challenges of Lost Time & On Litigation Reduction

The focus of the presentation is on "Jumper" claims. This is the new term for many of the "Catastrophic" claims in the workers compensation system. In workers compensation only a few % of the claims account for a significant % of the dollars spent. It used to be that these claims were the result of severe injuries. We are not seeing other causes for high dollar claims in the workers compensation system. Using Artificial Intelligence or "Big Data" it is possible to identify these claims early to help reduce the overall costs.

However more importantly, many of these claims can be prevented. The two biggest cost drivers are litigation and lost time. This presentation focuses on these two aspects of claims handling. We will discuss the causes for litigation and for lost time and then provide practical solutions for employers, claims handlers and medical professionals to help avoid litigation and to get the worker back to work. The return to work process will also be discussed because it continues to be a process which has the greatest positive impact on the legitimately injured workers.

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Workplace Injuries

This topic will discuss common work place injuries of the knee and hip, with discussion on the frequent overlap of these areas. The presentation will also include review of the techniques used to determine the presence/absence of injury, and discussion of the scientific basis of causation analysis. The legal examination will include case law analysis of basic legal causation on medical issues, the two-cause rule, aggravation of pre-existing injuries.

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New Attorney Workshop: Handling a Claim from A to Z

This topic will focus on pre-hearing procedures and preparing for the evidentiary hearing, as well as the differences in the on-the-record hearings procedures. The Commission’s pre-hearing Orders and their bearing on pre-hearing motions and discovery disputes. This topic will also include the requirements of preparing a proper medical designation. The presentation will also cover the Commission’s review procedures. The materials will include Va. Workers’ Comp. Rules 1.1, 1.2, 1.3. 1.4, 1.8, 2.2, 3.3, and 4.2 as well as relevant case law.

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Jurisdiction & Statutory Employer Law: Cases, Consequences, and Common Considerations of the UEF

This topic will have an initial focus on understanding what The Uninsured Employers’ Fund is and the basic jurisdictional principles involving uninsured employers, with emphasis on why and how the UEF gets involved. The topic will also discuss the role and definition of statutory employers in UEF claims, and practice tips for litigating UEF cases for both claimant attorneys and defense attorneys. Practice tips to explore may include ensuring the proper parties are added to the case at the early stages, insurance verification using the Commission’s website, advice for insurance adjusters and agents to minimize the number of uninsured employers, and advice to help minimize the risk of a client being brought into a claim as a statutory employer.

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Where EDI Meets the Hearing Docket

The Commission’s adjudication process depends on information that comes into the VWC from outside. EDI transmissions prepopulate VWC files and overwrite information submitted by an attorney or claimant. This panel will explore how EDI shapes the case that comes onto the hearing docket for a ruling and examine technological, legal and procedural challenges presented by EDI filings with an emphasis on amended and multi-party claims.

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Medical Disputes: New vs. Old

What do I do when there is a medical reimbursement dispute? The Medical Fee Services department will present a workshop featuring the ins and outs of the dispute resolution process for providers and payers. This will include Commission rules and regulations governing required forms, supporting documentation and the administrative review determination process.

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Different Perspectives of the MFS

The new Medical Fee Schedules introduce predictability to medical costs in Virginia, and streamline fee disputes before the Commission. Unlike the prevailing community rate standard, the new MFS allow all interested parties to audit contested payments to determine if the medical provider was properly reimbursed.

Subtopic: Changes to the Medical Fee Dispute Resolution Process

Subtopic: Medical Fee Schedules and attorney’s fees under § 65.2-714

Subtopic: Medical Fee Schedules and Full and Final Settlement Evaluations

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Virginia's Prescription Monitoring Program

Review of the Virginia Board of Medicine Regulations on Prescribing Opioids and Prescribing Buprenorphine for Substance Misuse. Analyze the impact of the regulations on prescribing trends via the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program. Recommend best prescribing safeguards for management of Workers’ Compensation claimant.

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Pain Psychology and Workers' Compensation

Dr. Philip Keck, PhD (✔) Chronic pain is more prevalent and cost the U.S economy more than diabetes heart disease, and cancer combined. The average injured worker takes 20% longer to recover than if they sustained the injury outside of the context of employment. Mind-set of the injured worker and context of physical injury are integral factors in achieving optimal outcomes in overall functioning, quality of life, pain reduction, and return-to-work. The most recent chronic pain guidelines call for multidisciplinary approaches to achieve optimal outcomes, including psychological and behavioral interventions in conjunction with medical and functional interventions. This session aims to introduce the tenets of pain psychology and the potential impact on patient outcomes and cost of care. Fortunately, low-risk and low-cost psychological interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are empirically shown to reduce nervous system pain processing and alter brain structures, enhancing the effectiveness of medical interventions and reducing patients’ need for doctors and pills. Further, mind-set science is shown to prevent postsurgical pain and reduce need for opioids. When negative mind-set factors are addressed, we have an opportunity to equip patients with information and skills to optimize control of pain and suffering, effectively alter their biology, and shape their brains toward low-risk pain relief.

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The Real Cause of Addiction…and It’s Not What You Think

The speaker will discuss the real cause of addiction, his personal story of his pain pill addiction and how becoming a Certified Drug-Free Workplace in VA can save your organization 5% on your annual Workers' Comp premiums.

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The Next Generation of Workers’ Compensation Professionals

Work and the workers' compensation industry are changing. How workers' compensation adapts and thrives in coming years will be in the hands of the industry's emerging leaders. Appreciate candid conversation on what the NextGen wants from their nextgen wants from their employers and careers. The presentation will move beyond generational stereotypes and share practical strategies to promote flexibility, diversity, and collaboration in workers' compensation organizations.

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Chairman Ferrell Newman

Chairman Ferrell Newman

Chairman Newman was appointed by the General Assembly in 2013 and began his position with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission on March 11, 2013. A native of Richmond, Mr. Newman is a 1983 graduate of The College of William and Mary’s Marshall Wythe School of Law and a 1979 graduate from the University of Richmond. His appointment as Commissioner follows a 30 year practice of law with a heavy concentration in workers’ compensation. In 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

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Commissioner Wesley Marshall

Commissioner Wesley Marshall

Commissioner Marshall, of Richmond, was appointed to the Commission in 2012. From 1988 to 2012, he was an attorney in private practice, primarily representing plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, employment and other civil litigation. He was educated at the University of Virginia where he earned his B.A. with distinction in 1985 and his J.D. in 1988. Commissioner Marshall serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators, the Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions and was a founding member of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court. In 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

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Commissioner Robert Rapaport

Commissioner Robert Rapaport

Commissioner Rapaport is a 1976 graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1979 from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. Rapaport was in private practice for 35 years with a heavy concentration in workers’ compensation. He was appointed to the Commission in February 2017, by the Virginia General Assembly.

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Dr. Richard Salamone

Dr. Richard Salamone

Dr. Salamone obtained his doctorate in counseling psychology at the Pennsylvania State University in 1989. He worked at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, an acute state run psychiatric hospital, from 1988 until 1990. He then completed his post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology from the University of Rochester Medical Center from 1990 to 1991. He headed the Neuropsychological Assessment Center at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee from 1991 until 1995, at which time he began a full-time private practice which currently involves a combination of a neuropsychology, general clinical psychology, and biofeedback. He is a licensed Health Service Provider psychologist in Tennessee and a clinical psychologist in Virginia. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology and the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America in general biofeedback. He is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. He is active medical staff at Ballad Health-Bristol Regional Medical Center and is a member (and Chair of the Needs Development Committee) of Highlands Physicians, Inc., a regional independent physicians’ association.

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Rafael Gonzalez

Rafael Gonzalez

Rafael Gonzalez is President of Flagship Services Group, LLC in Englewood, Colorado, where he is responsible for all aspects of Medicare compliance issues, including Mandatory Insurer Reporting, Conditional Payment Resolution, Medicare Set Asides, and Medicaid compliance issues including Third Party Lien Reimbursement and Special Needs Trusts.

Rafael has over 30 years of experience in the auto, liability, no-fault, and workers’ compensation insurance industries. He has written extensively on liability, workers’ compensation, social security, and Medicare/Medicaid issues. He has also taught these subject matters at several law schools and medical schools in Florida. He continues to lecture throughout the country on these topics, as well as the interplay of these with the Affordable Care Act.

Over the last 30 years, Rafael has been recognized by City of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ronda Storm for his work on behalf of the Hispanic community in Tampa and Hillsborough County. He was awarded the Governors Appreciation Award by Governors Bob Martinez and Jeb Bush for his work in improving Florida’s workers compensation system. He was awarded the Governors Leadership Award by Governor Charlie Crist for his work in improving Florida’s Medicaid system. He was awarded Florida’s Distinguished Service Award by US Senator Mel Martinez for his work and advocacy to improve the US Social Security disability system. He has also been awarded the Presidential National Service Award by President George W. Bush for his work on improving the Medicare Secondary Payer system through the addition of the Mandatory Insurer Reporting process, and by President Back Obama for his work and support of the Affordable Care Act.

Rafael is active on social media. He blogs at Medicare Compliance for P&C Insurers at www.flagshipservicesgroup.com/blog (10,000 followers). He is owner and manager of several LinkedIn groups, including Medicare and Medicaid Compliance (6,000 members), Medicare Mandatory Reporting, Medicare Conditional Payments, Medicare Set Aside Allocations, Medicare Set Aside Administration (3,500 members), Florida Workers Compensation (2,500 members), Social Security Benefits (1,500 members), Hispanic Issues and Demographics (500 members), and Affordable Care Act Compliance (250 members). Rafael is also active on Twitter with 2,000 followers and Facebook with 1,000 friends.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Rafael and his family escaped communism to Madrid, Spain, and ultimate immigrated to the US. He owes everything he has achieved to his mother, Miriam Lera. Her love and sacrifice have allowed him to live in freedom, succeed and prosper. Rafael graduated from Miami Senior High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and his Jurisprudence Doctorate degree from the Florida State University. Go Noles!!! FSU!!! He lives in Lithia, Florida with the love of his life, his wife Lisa, and his greatest pride, his two sons, Alex and Andres.

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Deputy Commissioner Ed Wise

Deputy Commissioner Ed Wise

D. Edward Wise, Jr. is a Deputy Commissioner in the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission's Bristol regional office. Ed is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Prior to joining the Commission, Ed spent over 22 years representing Claimants in workers’ compensation claims in Virginia and Tennessee. Ed was selected by his peers for the past five years to be included in Best Lawyers in America and he is a Fellow in the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers.

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Deputy Commissioner Debbie Blevins

Deputy Commissioner Debbie Blevins

Deborah Wood Blevins is the Managing Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission Alternative Dispute Resolution Department. She is a 1980 honors graduate from Swarthmore College and a 1983 graduate of the University Of Virginia School Of Law. Deputy Commissioner Blevins was a partner in Gilmer, Sadler, Ingram, Sutherland, & Hutton, LLP in Pulaski, Virginia prior to joining the Commission in 2004. She is a mediator certified by the Judicial Council of the Virginia Supreme Court and a mediator mentor and trainer. Deputy Commissioner Blevins is Vice-Chair of the Joint ADR Committee of the Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association and Co-chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards & Commissions (IAIABC).

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Charles Midkiff

Charles Midkiff

Charles F. Midkiff is Director, President of Midkiff, Muncie & Ross, P.C. Chuck received his B.S., magna cum laude, from Old Dominion University, and his Juris Doctor (J.D) from the College of William and Mary. His practice areas include Energy Law; Professional Malpractice Defense; Lobbying; Workers’ Compensation Law; and Complex Civil Litigation.

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Kathleen Walsh

Kathleen Walsh

Kathleen Grace Walsh is the owner of Law Office of Kathleen Grace Walsh in Occoquan, Virginia. She obtained her undergraduate degree from George Washington University and her law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. She has practiced on behalf of claimants in workers’ compensation claims for over 30 years. She is the chairperson of the Virginia Trail Lawyers Workers’ Compensation Committee for 2017-2018 and serves on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court.

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Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker is the Washington Affairs Executive in the Regulatory Services Division of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). Prior to joining NCCI, he was head of government affairs for the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), established the Washington, DC office of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), and represented insurance producers with the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA). Tim holds a MA in Public Administration from the State University of New York and a BA in Communication Management from the University of Dayton (OH).

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Deputy Commissioner Bill Culbreth

Deputy Commissioner Bill Culbreth

William R. “Bill” Culbreth is a Deputy Commissioner in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Judicial Department and certified mediator for the Commission’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Department. He received his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1984 and his J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1990. Prior to joining the Commission in 1996, Bill was in private practice in Richmond specializing in workers’ compensation and medical malpractice issues. Deputy Commissioner Culbreth is also an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Mennonite University and previously was an adjunct faculty member at James Madison University.

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Dr. Lonnie Davis

Dr. Lonnie Davis

Lonnie D. Davis, MD is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a focus on sports and occupational orthopaedic injuries with Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He graduated from University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Indiana University and went on to do a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Georgetown University / Nirschl Orthopaedics. His practice is located in Northern Virginia and he has worked with athletes at all levels from professional to recreational.

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Deputy Commissioner Jimese Sherrill

Deputy Commissioner Jimese Sherrill

Jimese Pendergraft Sherrill is a Deputy Commissioner in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Judicial Department and certified mediator and mediator mentor for the Commission’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Department. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Shippensburg University in 1984 and a Juris Doctorate from the T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, in 1987. She began her career representing claimants, but ultimately specialized in workers’ compensation defense. She also served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia, where she handled personal injury, employment and workers’ compensation matters.

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James Swiger

James Swiger

James E. Swiger of THE LAW OFFICE OF JAMES E. SWIGER received his J.D. with distinction from George Mason University School of Law and his B.A. from Villanova University. After clerking for the USDC Richmond Division, Jim has been in private practice since 1982.

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Justin Main

Justin Main

Justin Main is a partner with the firm of Siciliano, Ellis, Dyer & Boccarosse PLC in Fairfax, where he has been since 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University with a double major in economics and philosophy. He received his Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

His practice is now concentrated exclusively on the defense of Virginia workers’ compensation claims. He has litigated hundreds of workers’ compensation cases at the hearing and appellate levels in Virginia. He represents a wide array of industries and clients, including self-insured retail stores and corporations, local counties and municipalities, insurance carriers, and the Uninsured Employers’ Fund. He has also lectured on the topic of the Uninsured Employers’ Fund at the Virginia Self-Insurer’s Association annual conference.

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Suzanne Soule

Suzanne Soule

Suzanne T. Soule is the Assistant Manager of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Insurance Department. During her 17-year tenure with the Commission, Suzanne has held positions in various departments. Before joining the Commission, she was a paralegal for a general practice law firm in Richmond, Virginia.

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Deputy Commissioner Chip Burkholder

Deputy Commissioner Chip Burkholder

Christen W. Burkholder is a Deputy Commissioner in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Judicial Depart. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1988) and Emory & Henry College (B.A. 1984). He is based in the Bristol Regional Office and a certified mediator for the Commission. Prior to joining the Commission DC Burkholder spent 24 years as an attorney in private practice.

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Stephanie Sweeney

Stephanie Sweeney

Stephanie Sweeney is the EDI QA Manager in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s EDI Quality Assurance Department. Since she began her employment with the Commission in 2000, she has served as an Awards Specialist and Team Leader in the Commission’s old Awards Department. Prior to accepting a position in the EDI QA Department, Stephanie also served as a Subject Matter Expert during the Commission’s Technology Alignment Program where the Commission’s new Claims Processing System was developed and the EDI Program implemented. She has worked with the Commission’s EDI program since its inception and has managed the program and the EDI QA Department since 2011.

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Ryan Duke

Ryan Duke

Ryan Duke is the Assistant Manager in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s EDI—QA Department. He holds an extensive career within the Commission, including the Customer Contact Center, Awards, Claims Services as well as the Document Management Division. With nearly 12 years of employment at the Commission, a majority of those years included supervision of a large team, even more of which specifically managing the EDI team. Ryan played a vital role in implementing a compliance program to bring Virginia’s trading partners in line with state and national requirements for submitting. This included the creation and issuance of quarterly EDI report cards for each EDI submitter. Most recently, Ryan is responsible for many day-to-day functions of the EDI team.

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Drema Thompson

Drema Thompson

Drema Thompson has over 25 years of successful experience fostering positive social change in administration for banking, insurance, finance, and healthcare industries. She possesses a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University, a Master in Healthcare Informatics from Walden University, and is currently completing Doctorial Studies in Business Administration with specialization in Healthcare Information Management. She has taken her passion for excellence along with experience managing workers’ compensation medical bill reimbursement methodologies, adjudication processes, and provider relations for over 2 million medical bills to join the Workers Compensation Commission as Manager of the Medical Fee Services Department.

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Hope Hill

Hope Hill

Hope R. Hill is one of the Medical Fee Services-Analyst in the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Medical Fee Services Department. She has a wide-ranging career within the Commission, including the Outreach Services Department, Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund and Insurance. She attended Richard Bland College. Prior to working at the Commission, she worked at the State Corporation Commission for 7 years. She holds a certificate from AAPC for successful completion of Professional Medical Coding Curriculum.

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Kathy Alcorn

Kathy Alcorn

Ms. Alcorn is a Partner with the firm, Midkiff, Muncie & Ross, and is the Chair of the firm’s Medical Cost Containment Section. Ms. Alcorn is widely considered a subject matter expert in the specialized field of medical cost containment in both workers’ compensation and liability contexts. Ms. Alcorn leads a team of attorneys and staff dedicated to zealous representation of employers, insurers, and claim administrators in cases involving medical bill payment disputes. Ms. Alcorn is routinely invited by employers, insurers, and claim administrators to train their employees regarding the complex statutory framework associated with handling and resolving medical cost containment claims. In addition to her work with medical cost containment, Ms. Alcorn also serves as defense counsel in Heart-Lung Presumption claims and auto liability cases. Ms. Alcorn was selected as special counsel for the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as several municipalities across the state.

Education: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.A., cum laude, 2001); Phi Beta Kappa-Key Holder, University of Richmond (J.D., 2004), Barnett Scholar, Honors: Super Lawyers, Virginia Rising Stars (2016-2018).

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Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson is a founding Director at Hancock, Daniel, Johnson, P.C. He graduated with honors from University of Richmond in 1988 with a BA in Political Science and Communications. He graduated from the TC Williams School of Law at University of Richmond in 1991.

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Dr. Philip Keck

Dr. Philip Keck

Dr. Keck is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the founder and director of Virginia Health Psychology in Richmond, VA. As a pain psychologist, he develops innovative multidisciplinary practice models to best meet the needs of individuals with chronic pain, better address the opioid epidemic, and drive down the cost of care of chronic pain management. He specializes in surgical outcome optimization through empirically-supported methods of assessment and intervention. At the national level, he works with the American Psychological Association on the development of pain psychology as a recognized subspecialty in the field. He completed doctoral training at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, residency at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City, TN, and fellowship in pain management at Pain Medicine Associates in Johnson City, TN.

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John Mabry

John Mabry

John Mabry serves as Director of Public Outreach and the host of 'High Sobriety' podcast for Addiction Campuses. He has a Masters in Counseling, is an inventor, an impassioned philanthropist and award-winning speaker, actor and stuntman with 13 years in the Screen Actors Guild. Mabry has worked on NCIS, ER, the infamous movie, Superbad, and many others.

John struggled with addiction, depression and PTSD for over a decade following a fatal car accident. He ultimately went from parties at the Playboy mansion to living in a trailer on the banks of a river in Tennessee after years of bouncing in-and-out of treatment centers. Mabry went through one of Addiction Campuses' treatment centers and out of all the turmoil arose the opportunity for him to develop Addiction Campuses’ Drug-Free Workplace Training program and host of the 'High Sobriety' podcast. Today Mabry is a national advocate for recovery and lives in Nashville, TN with his wife of 13 years and their three children.

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Jennifer Wolf Horejsh

Jennifer Wolf Horejsh

Jennifer has been with the IAIABC since 2002 and has served as Executive Director since 2012. With the Board of Directors and IAIABC leaders, Jennifer defines the vision and strategic direction of the Association to engage the occupational health, safety, and workers' compensation communities. Jennifer works to develop resources, education, and publications to reduce harm and aid recovery from occupational injuries and illnesses.

Jennifer has a broad understanding of workers' compensation systems globally and closely monitors industry trends that will impact the system in the future. Jennifer is a frequent presenter and author and is the host of the IAIABC's monthly podcast "Accidentally."

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Chris Branham

Chris Branham has over 20 years experience in the medical field in both patient care, as a National Registry Paramedic, and in medical billing, coding and revenue cycle auditing for various medical specialties. Chris is a graduate of South University with a BS in Healthcare Management and is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) through the AAPC. He joined the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission as a one of the Medical Fee Analysts in the Medical Fee Services Department in January 2017.

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Rachel McIlyar

Rachel McIlyar has worked for the Commission for over 7 years. Prior to that, her work experience included roles in banking customer service as well as online publishing of medical journals. Her experience gained through SGML and XML coding opened the door to a career in Information Technology as a Software Tester. Since working for the Commission, she has earned her Associates in Information Technology from J. Sargeant Reynolds, worked as a Systems Analyst in the Commission’s Project Management Department, earned a CPC-A certification through the widely respected AAPC, and is now a member of the Medical Fee Services Department.

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Kari Lou Frank

Kari Lou Frank

Kari Lou Frank is an Officer in PennStuart’s Richmond, Virginia office. She is engaged in the practice of civil litigation and represents clients in the areas of workers’ compensation and general business law. She also represents and advises clients on compliance issues under Medicare Secondary Payer law and Mandatory Insurer Reporting regulations.

Prior to joining PennStuart, Ms. Frank worked as a graduate student researcher for NASA Langley Research Center, where she was the Web site Curator and Policy Liaison for the Office of Education.

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Brooke Anne Hunter

Brooke Anne Hunter

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Brooke Anne C. Hunter is a 1998 graduate of the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia. Prior to law school, Deputy Commissioner Hunter represented the Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust in national and international arbitration hearings. Deputy Commissioner Hunter joined the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission in December 2008, after years in private practice concentrated on workers’ compensation. Deputy Commissioner Hunter is both a hearing judge and a mediator for the Commission. She was first certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mediator in 1994. Deputy Commissioner Hunter is a founding board member of Kids’ Chance of Virginia, Inc., which was established in 2011.

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Emily Kirkpatrick

Emily Kirkpatrick

Emily S. Kirkpatrick is an Associate with Midkiff, Muncie & Ross in Richmond, Virginia. Emily’s practice focuses on the defense of workers’ compensation and medical cost containment claims. She is a member of the Virginia Workers' Compensation American Inn of Court as well as the Virginia and Richmond Bar Associations. Emily is a graduate of Elon University and William & Mary Law School.

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Brian Peers

Brian Peers

Brian Peers is a licensed physical therapist and serves as MedRisk’s Director of Clinical Services. He is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the quality of MedRisk’s centralized telerehabilitation services, as well as MedRisk’s platinum grade clinical review and peer-to peer provider coaching program. He is board certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist and is recognized as an expert in rehabilitation of the injured worker.

Prior to joining MedRisk, Dr. Peers was the owner and operator of an interdisciplinary rehab practice and has held faculty appointments at multiple physical therapy education programs. He currently holds a faculty appointment in Penn State University’s College of Health and Human Development. Dr. Peers has also served as an injury prevention consultant for multiple large corporations and the United States Department of Defense. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from St. Francis University and a Doctorate from the University of St. Augustine.

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Dana Plunkett

Dana Plunkett

 

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Bill Zachry

Bill Zachry

Bill Zachry was appointed a Sr. Fellow of the Sedgwick Institute in 2017 and is known throughout the risk management industry as a champion of workers’ compensation reform. He serves on the board of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, California’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance; Zachry was appointed to the board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 and reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. He also participated in the design and implementation of landmark regulations to bring greater equity to the California workers’ compensation system.

Previously, Zachry served as group vice president of risk management for national grocery retailer Safeway / Albertsons. His 15 years of leadership there earned him recognition as Business Insurance Risk Manager of the Year in 2014 and recipient of the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation’s Tim East Award in 2016.

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Thomas Lloyd

Thomas Lloyd

Thomas P. Lloyd, The Law Office of Thomas P. Lloyd, is located in Roanoke, Virginia. He has a general practice, primarily focused in the areas of workers’ compensation, but also involving personal injury, elder law, wills, trusts, and administration of estates. He has been practicing law since 1975.

Mr. Lloyd is a speaker in professional education programs in the area of workers’ compensation law. He is a former instructor of estate administration in the paralegal certification program at Virginia Western Community College.

He is a member of the Virginia State Bar; Roanoke Bar Association; Virginia Trial Lawyers; Virginia Trial Lawyers Workers’ Compensation Section; Virginia Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court and Virginia Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee. Mr. Lloyd received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and J.D. from the Emory University School of Law.

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