8:00 am Workers’ Compensation 101
Dallas D. Jones, Baylor Evnen, LLP
This session will provide an overview of all necessary elements of a workers’ compensation claim, including all possible defenses, benefits and settlements.
8:55 am Welcome
Todd D. Bennett, Rehm, Bennett, Moore, Rehm & Ockander, PC LLO
9:00 am New Legislation Update
Jeffrey F. Putnam, Law Offices of Jeffrey F. Putnam, PC, LLO; Daniel J. Thayer, Thayer & Thayer, PC, LLO
This session will discuss the new settlement provisions with the passage of LB 953 (2018) and the new method of compensation payments with the passage of LB 957 (2018).
9:30 am Determining Reasonable and Necessary Care
Jennifer Caswell, Baylor Evnen, LLP
Brenda Johnson, Crete Carrier Corporation This session will discuss processes, protocols and proof an insurance carrier looks for when deciding to authorize treatment as Nebraska does not have mandatory treatment guidelines or drug formularies.
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Basis for Impairment, Using or Not Using AMA Guides
Matthew D. Dake, Wertz, Dake & Anderson; John Kuhnlein, MD, Medix Occupational Health Services
This session will discuss the evolution of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment; why the paradigm shift in the 6th Edition; the results of bordering states using the 5th, 4th and 3rd Editions; and the best evidence of impairment as Nebraska is not bound by any edition of the AMA Guides to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.
11:15 am The On-Going Role of VR Evidence in an LOEC
Jane Yaffe Rowell, M.S., Stricklett & Associates, Inc.
This session will discuss the behind-the-scenes facts and processes of utilizing Virtual Reality evidence in developing and rebutting loss of earning power evaluations.
11:40 am The Appeals Process
Brynne Holsten Puhl, Atwood Holsten Brown Deaver & Spier Law Firm, PC, LLO
This session will highlight the Dos, Don’ts and Pitfalls through the appeals process based upon recent cases.
12:05 pm Lunch (included with registration)
1:00 pm Functional Capacity Evaluations
Jake DeNell, PT, OCS, CWCE, CEEAA, Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy
This session will highlight the demonstration of a FCE and corresponding rationale and development of the validity criteria. It will also discuss the extrapolating criteria of the FCE results over a week, month, and year of an injured worker’s work life.
2:00 pm New Caselaw Update
Kelsey J. Kallhoff, Prentiss Grant, Attorneys at Law
This session will discuss recent workers’ compensation related decisions of the Nebraska Court of Appeals and the Nebraska Supreme
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Ethics in the Battlezone
Julie L. Agena, Nebraska Counsel for Discipline
This session will discuss real ethics issues in workers’ compensation cases.
3:15 pm The Competition
Brody J. Ockander, Rehm Bennett Moore Rehm & Ockander, PC, LLO
This interactive session will review and discuss the Workers’ Compensation Act, caselaw, rules and regulations, legislation, and process and procedure as it relates to workers’ compensation.
4:00 pm Workers’ Compensation Section Networking Reception