Posted on March 7th, 2019 in Message from the President

Greetings IWCI! We certainly have had an interesting start to 2019. One day it is so cold people are advised to stay home, whereas several days later it feels like spring has come to Indiana. All the changes in the weather serve as a reminder that change is a constant in life. When we are working with severely injured workers, helping them navigate the changes they are experiencing is a critical task. Many of us know, the quality and quantity of recovery as well as the extent to which someone engages with their life depends on how they manage these changes. Our mission at IWCI is provide education and training so we can be a consistent and valuable resource for those we serve.

We start the year with an exciting presentation from Dr. Poulter today. We will learn about the new technology available to spine surgeons. Next month we encourage everyone to invite all of the claims examiners and adjusters you know to the March 7, 2019 luncheon–. As some know, the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board is transitioning to EDI Version 3.1 on March 20, 2019.  This timely training, EDI 3.1, Changes in Indiana from FROIs to SROIs, offered by IWCI will review what you need to know for filing the FROI and SROI in the new system. We are pleased to have the presentation provided by the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board staff – Katia Brodskaya and David Babcock. Please make sure your colleagues know about this opportunity to learn how to understand and interpret the technical requirements for Claims Release 3.1 EDI for Indiana.

I want to make sure you mark your calendars for our other upcoming events. The next scheduled IWCI monthly event will be May 2, 2019. This will be a breakfast event. Our IWCI Northeast President, Jason Hazelett, Physical Therapist at Steppin’ Up Physical Therapy, will be presenting on the use of Dry Needling in cases involving a work-related injury.

If getting away from the office is a challenge, try our breakfast meeting. We start the breakfast time at 6:00 AM, begin the presentation at 6:30 AM, and end by 7:30 AM so you can get to the office by 8 AM. The IWCI Golf Outing is scheduled for Friday June 7, 2019 at Ironwood Golf Course.

Finally, we are finalizing our plans for the 2019 Annual IWCI Seminar in Indianapolis. The event will be held August 15 and 16. We will have setup time available for vendors the evening of August 14. This year we will have our full day of seminars, keynote speaker, and vendor area on Thursday and a half day of seminars related to ethics and legal issues starting Friday morning. The cocktail event will be held Thursday evening. We are holding the event at the Marriott East. If you are interested in getting your room reserved, please follow this link to book your room at the IWCI rate – https://book.passkey.com/e/49823115  This is always a great event and hope you will mark your calendars and join us!

Hope to see you soon.

Greg Hale
President, IWCI


Posted on September 29th, 2018 in Message from the President

IWCI welcomes you to our new website. In the last year we have been working to transition from our former website to a newer format. As many of you know, this involves more than a couple of strategically placed key strokes and then adding a little content! We are finally ready to introduce the new website to our membership and all those who follow IWCI. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Lisa Mohler, Norette Mason, and Steve Koers for their efforts to get this project done. Our hope is you will find this a good way to connect with a larger group of professionals involved in worker’s compensation in Indiana.

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Posted on May 22nd, 2018 in Message from the President

So, did you notice that we went from winter to summer in about one week?!  It reminded me that sometimes the unexpected happens and life will change when we least expect it.  One of the events that is expected each summer is the Annual IWCI Seminar.  The 2018 event will feature highly regarded speakers and timely topics for our training.

Topics

Nurse Case Managers.  Updates in the Worker’s Compensation Case Law.  Ethics in Worker’s Compensation.  Opioid Usage in Effective Pain Management.  Dry Needling for Worker’s Compensation patients. Case Studies in Environmental Illness. Analyzing Difficult Worker’s Compensation Cases. Causation of Upper Extremity Occupational Injuries.

Presenters

Worker’s Compensation Board staff Linda Hamilton, Katia Brodskaya, David Babcock – Attorneys James Bell and Ann Stewart – Nurse Case Manager Representative Tim Rankin – Physicians Shaun Kondamuri, Andrew Fischer, Sebastian Peers, and Amy Leland – Physical Therapists Katie McBee and Jason Hazelett – Keynote Speaker Phil Walls.

The event will once again be held at the Marriott on the east side of Indianapolis on August 16 and 17.  The Marriott has been a great host site for IWCI over the last several years.  Since 1991, IWCI has gathered the major stakeholders in worker’s compensation in Indiana.  In accordance with our mission, the 2018 annual seminar will feature sessions for our membership and guests, including attorneys, adjusters and claims examiners, nurse case managers, health care professionals, and employers.

It is time to get registered for the 2018 IWCI seminar.  Please be sure to register for the early bird registration beginning 6/1/2018.  Early bird registration expires 6/30/18.  Also, you can sign up for sponsorship opportunities beginning 6/1/18. The vendor area is always a lively place and a great opportunity to connect with others providing services throughout Indiana and neighboring states.  It is a great venue to showcase your services.

It is also time to schedule and book your room to get the reduced rate ($129).  The link is www.indianapolismarriotteast.com and be sure to tell them you are attending the IWCI seminar.

The next big event on the IWCI calendar is the Golf Outing at Ironwood Golf Course in Indianapolis. This event is always a great day and a wonderful way to have fun supporting the IWCI scholarships.  The event is June 15.  Please go to the website to signup for golfing and sponsorships.  Registration closes June 8 for sponsors and June 12 for golfers.So, gather your friends, colleagues, family members, or anyone else you want to bring for a day of fun.  https://iwcigolf2018.eventbrite.com

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Posted on May 10th, 2018 in Message from the President

Change.  It is what many of us seek to avoid.  However, for most of the seriously injured workers we see, change is part of the recovery process.  As Scott Peck reminded us in his book The Road Less Traveled, “life is difficult.”  One of the ways we can make it less difficult is to be better prepared for “how to” help those facing changes in their daily life.  I say all of this to remind us that those involved in providing health care and facilitating a claim are part of this change process.

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