Attorney Bill Pipkin & Robert Lewis of Crowe Paradis Services started off the morning with a thorough review of Medicare Set Aside provisions and their real life application in the WC world. New to the mix in 2010 will be a duty under §111 on employers/insurers/self-insurers to “self-report” WC claimants who are already receiving Medicare benefits.
A comprehensive review of state specific and federal challenges to benefits sought by illegal aliens was provided in the day’s second segment by Attorney David Wilson. In addition, David provided a nationally scoped state-by-state analysis of outcomes in challenged claims made by undocumented workers.
In the seminar’s last segment, sniffing out bogus claims, hilarious videos from real surveillance efforts were juxtaposed against practical pitfalls for both claims handlers and defense counsel. Steve Cassell of RSight Investigation shared his approach to surveillance efforts and his interpretation of the outcomes therefrom. Attorney Jeff Napolitano addressed the use of surveillance in WC claims before and during the legal process. Steve and Jeff were assisted by WC Committee Chair George Kagan in applying this segment's information and material to current defense files.
Now departing the 2nd Annual DRI National WC Review. Had a wonderful time; good food, good presentations, and good marketing opportunities. Got some CLEs, caught up with existing clients & DRI members, and spent some valuable face time with prospective clients. This event really offers everything you could want. Hope to see you next year.