Managing Workers'
Comp Claims
- in Hawaii

Solutions for 2017 & Beyond

The Hale Koa Hotel
Wakiki Ballroom


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September 21st, 2017

The Hale Koa Hotel
Wakiki Ballroom


As 2018 fast approaches, Hawaii employers are again under pressure to contain the ever-spiraling healthcare costs of Workers’ Compensation injuries which, for many Hawaii employers, is the single highest employee healthcare expense.

For 2015, the latest year for compiled claims data, Hawaii reported 13,150 non-fatal workersite injuries & illnesses, 7900 of which were of a more severe nature requiring days away from work job transfer or restriction, ranging from 11.3 days for sprains, strains & tears to 27.6 days for more serious injuries. There were also 18 fatalities a good percentage of which related to falls.

Clearly then, there is a decided need for greater efforts in worksite accident & injury prevention measures especially with very probable increases in medical & pharmacy costs. Compounding this challenge are comorbidities that can significantly lengthen injury recovery and drive rehab costs through the roof for affected employees.

The challenges for everyone involved in Workers’ Comp claims are, thereforer, clear.

In response, we have assembled an elite, Hawaii-based faculty to bring you the latest developments in WC law, beginning with a clarification of the laws governing WC Claims, followed by a panel discussion of the best practices in managing Workers' Comp claims from point of injury to positive Outcomes. We'll also examine the impact of comorbidities on injury-recovery & costs and ways to avoid and reduce their effect, as well as strategies for reigning in the ever-rising cost of pharmaceuticals. In the afternoon we'll explore a 3-step process which can reduce WC insurance premiums and injury-related costs for both insured & self-insured Hawaii employers; followed by effective strategies to  maximize ROI on your RTW program. We'll finish the day with an examination of ways to contest suspicious Workers' Comp claims in Hawaii. 

You’ll learn this and more…

Recent changes in Fed'l & State laws & recent Hawaii case decisions & how they may affect employers
Best Practices in Claims Management from HR to Adjuster to Medical Case Manager
check Comorbidities - What they are, how they impact recovery from injuries & Workers' Comp costs and how to mitigate their impact
How to reign in pharmacy costs
check How to strucuture an RTW program for max effectiveness
How to reduce WC premiums & lower injury- related costs for Insured & Self- Insured employers
How to thwart suspicious Workers' Comp claims in HI

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The Management Education Council
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13502 Whittier Blvd., Suite H-152,
Whittier CA 90605

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Your Agenda & Hawaii-Based Faculty

6:30am – 7:30am Check-In & Cont’l Breakfast

Session #1 – 7:45am – 8:50am
“Workers' Comp & The Law: Measuring The Impact on Hawaii Employers of Changes & Trends In Federal and Hawaii State Law & The Potential Effect of Recent Hawaii Workers' Comp Case Decisions

Paul Brooke, Esq., Partner & Director
Leong Kunihiro Benton & Brooke  – Honolulu, HI

Session #2 – 9:00am – 10:00am
“From Injuries To Satisfactory Outcomes - Best Practices in Claims Management From Employer To Claims Adjustment & Case Management

Joaquin M. Diaz, Director, Health Safety & Environmental
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company
Honolulu, HI

Rose Richardson, Lead Senior Workers Comp Adjuster
First Insurance Co. of Hawaii –
Honolulu, HI

Shelly L. J, Hee, RN, BSN., CCM, President - 
Case Management Options, Inc.
Honolulu, HI

Session #3 – 10:05am – 11:05am
“Comorbidities &  Workers Comp Claims -  Mitigating The Impact on Medical & Rehabilitation Costs”

 Stella W. Tadaki, M.D.
Occupational Medicine
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group
Honolulu, HI
Charlayne Ranchez, Workforce Health Consultant
Kaiser Permanente
Honolulu, HI

Session #4 - 11:10am - 12:10pm
“Pharmacy Cost Management - Cost Reduction Strategies For Hawaii Employers”
Grace Beltran, Account Executive
Hawaii Express-Scripts - Workers Compensation Division
Honolulu, HI

12:10am – 1:15pm - Hosted Luncheon

Session #5 – 1:20pm – 2:20pm
3 Ways To Reduce Workers' Comp Premiums & Lower Injury-Related Costs For Insured & Self-Insured Hawaii  Employers”
Martin Beardeaux, Agency Relations Specialist
HEMIC - Honolulu, HI

Tracy L. Lawson, CSP, CET, SMS, CSHT, CPEA, 
President, Owner -

Lawson &  Associates, Inc.,
A Professional Safety Consultanting Firm
Honolulu, HI

Session #6 – 2:25pm – 3:25pm
“Strategic Considerations For An Effective RTW Program  - In Hawaii”
Melissa K. Cleveland, Manager, Workforce Health &
Kaiser On The Job -  Kaiser Permanente - Honolulu, HI

Eleazar S. Dial, PA-C
Occupational Medicine
Hawaii Permanente Medical Group
Honolulu, HI

Session #7 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm
“Contesting Suspicious Workers' Comp Claims In Hawaii - Building A Strong Defense”
Elizabeth J. L. Moore, Esq
Workers' Compensation Attorney
Kessner Umebayashi Bain & Matsunaga
Honolulu, HI


7.0 SHRM CP & SCP Recertification Credit hours
APPROVED - Activity ID: 17-VLGY1

7.0 HRCI General Recert Credit Hours
APPROVED - Activity ID 323945

7.0 Insurance P & C CEUs*
APPROVED - Course PS215529

7.0 Case Management CEUs*
APPROVED Activity Code - S00028219