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Workers’ Compensation Reforms Focus of Education Conference

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 02:30am


The new Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims and other changes and trends in the state’s Workers’ Compensation system will be highlighted at the 17th Annual Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Education Conference, scheduled for June 18-20, at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

“Instead of disputes being resolved in chancery and circuit courts, Tennessee is moving to an administrative process for settling differences, in which judges within the Division of Workers’ Compensation of the department will rule on cases. This is consistent with most other states and will provide better outcomes for both employees and employers,” said Abbie Hudgens, Administrator for Workers’ Compensation.

Hudgens said the following are other topics of interest that will be covered in the conference breakout sessions:

  • Medical Outcomes Are Worse for Workers’ Compensation Patients – Why Is This and What Can Be Done to Change This?
  • Understanding the Medico-Legal Implications of Causation in Workers’ Compensation
  • Clinical Treatment Pearls in the Everyday Pain Management of Workers’ Compensation Claims

New this year, the Wednesday portion of the conference targets physicians. Wednesday’s agenda will offer medical topics of particular interest and importance for physicians and accompanying medical staff. Continuing Medical Education credits will be given.

Keynoting the conference is Robert Wilson, President and CEO of and author of “From Bob’s Cluttered Desk,” recognized as a top workers’ compensation blog by LexisNexis. His topic is Breaking the Cycle of Entitlement: How Do We Get Better?

Employers, insurance adjusters, self-insurers, third-party administrators, safety and human resource managers, plaintiff and defense attorneys, health care providers, mediators, and medical and vocational rehabilitation providers attend this annual event, as well as anyone interested in the Workers’ Compensation system in Tennessee. Last year more than 650 people were present for the conference.

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