Spring Conference 2019

Medical Management 2019: Trends & Updates

Embassy Suites Bellevue

3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue, Washington

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Registration and Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.)

Spring Conference traditionally focuses on medical management and disability prevention in workers' compensation, and this year's program explores a multidisciplinary spectrum from physical rehabilitation and fatigue in the workplace, to complex medical syndromes and traumatic brain injuries. We’ll also hear updates from the Office of the Medical Director on the pilot programs allowing acupuncture and master-level therapists, as well as the work being done in the provider review and credentialing process to improve outcomes and reduce risk of harm. We'll focus some time on current events in workers' comp public policy and the implementation of Rules Modernization. Join our panel of medical experts and public policy leaders for a day of high quality continuing education and networking!

Program Details:

- Registration and breakfast at 7:30am

- Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy with Peoples Injury Network Northwest

  • Lee Caton, PT and Nathanial Duris, OTR-L will describe and contrast physical evaluations and treatment goals in physical therapy and occupational therapy for workers recovering and returning to work.

- Demystifying Complex Medical Syndromes with Physiatrist Dr. Dennis Chong

  • Dr. Chong tackles the latest info on some of the more controversial workers' comp diagnoses

-Updates on the latest regulatory initiatives from the Office of Medical Director

  • The acupuncture pilot program and new rule for low back pain treatment
  • Masters-level mental health therapists pilot program
  • Meet L&I's Associate Medical Director
  • Medical Provider Network credentialing and review-how SI can help reduce harm from providers

- Fatigue in the Workplace with Orthopedist Dr. Darin Davidson

  • Orthopedic surgeon Darin Davidson, M.D. will explore the high cost and better management of issues stemming from fatigue in the work place

- Neuro-Opthalmology and the TBI exam with Neuro-Opthalmologist Dr. Craig Smith

  • Neuro-opthalmologist Craig Smith, M.D., will discuss the role his discipline plays in the disability exam for traumatic brain injuries

- Rules Modernization Update with Jim Nylander and Kris Tefft

  • The claims management and certification/educations brought by the Department's Rules Modernization changes to WAC 296-15 go into effect July 1. Find out the latest on the required forms, templates, and other implementation news

- WSIA Legislative Update with Kris Tefft

  • March 15th will be just past the mid-point of the 2019 legislative session, where big-ticket workers' comp issues are already surfacing. What is still moving? How might it impact you?

-Adjourn at 4:00pm

Hotel Information:

Embassy Suites Bellevue
3225 158th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008


Continuing Education Credits:

WSIA will award 6.5 CEC units for the Washington Workers' Compensation Professional (WWCP) requirements. The following additional credentials will be applied for and noted when awarded:

  • L&I CEU - Applied for 6.5 Credits
  • CRC - Applied for 6.5 Credits
  • CDMS - Applied for 6.5 Credits
  • SHRM recertification credits - Approved for 6.5 Credits


WSIA Members - $225, full breakfast and lunch included

Additional members from same organization - $150 each

Non-members - $350 (Interested in becoming a WSIA member? Click here for more info!)

Cancellation Information

A cancellation fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations received by March 8, 2019.  This is to offset the cost of room rental, reserved meals, and conference material production.

No credit will be given for cancellations made after March 8, 2019.