Spring Conference 2017

Applying Evidence-Based Medicine in Workers' Comp

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 takes a deep dive into the application of evidence-based medicine (EBM), the development and use of treatment guidelines and coverage decisions, and the application of EBM in claims management and in litigation. Join our panel of medical and legal experts for a day of high quality continuing education and networking!


Friday, March 17 2017

7:30 a.m. — 8 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8 a.m. — 9 a.m.
Keynote -- Reactive to Creative: Transforming the Anger of Pain

Noted author and physician David Hanscom, M.D., of Swedish Neuroscience Specialists in Seattle, will explore the latest thinking on the relationship between pain, anger and anxiety and its effect on workers suffering chronic pain from industrial injuries and recovering without the need for surgery.

  • David Hanscom, M.D. (Swedish Medical Center)
9 a.m. — 10 a.m.
EBM at the Department - Issues facing L&I's Medical Advisory Committees

The State of Washington has two bodies to advise them on the effectiveness of chiropractic and medical treatments. Mike Dowling D.C. will give an overview of the Industrial Insurance Chiropractic Committee (IICAC) and the treatment issues they are working to improve. Issues for the committee include addressing psychosocial determinants for injury recovery, consultant training, and implementation of a best practices guideline for all chiropractors. Dr. Kirk Harmon, the Medical Director for MultiCare and Vice-Chair of the Industrial Insurance Medical Advisory Committee (IIMAC) will discuss the current treatment issues under consideration by that body. including Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel and keyboarding, Acupuncture, and the long-term effects of Silica exposure.

  • Mike Dowling D.C. (IICAC Chair)
  • Kirk Harmon, M.D. (IIMAC Vice Chair)
10 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Infectious Disease: A Claims' Managers Guide to Allowance

In this presentation, Dr. Stumpp from Valley Medical Center will explore infectious disease in the workplace and interconnected issues of causation and work-relatedness. Some of the infectious diseases covered will include issues raised by newer exposures like Zika and Ebola in addition to much more common industrially related diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis, and cancers.

  • Dennis Stumpp, M.D. (Valley Medical Center)
11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch
12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.
Non-Surgical Approaches to Prevention and Treatment

In this interactive presentation, staff from Therapeutic Associates will describe what happens when an injured worker comes in with common conditions affecting the knees, back, and upper extremities. Questions answered will include what the evidence show as best post-injury treatments when surgery is not indicated.

  • John Nielsen, PT, DPT, OCS (Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy)
  • Kevin Norris, PT, DPT, CSCS (Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy)
1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Diagnostic Testing Related to Back Injuries

This medical presentation will look at issues raised by diagnostic testing for industrial injuries. We will cover the latest evidence regarding the correlation between symptoms, testing, objective findings, and treatment.

  • William A. Anderson, M.D. (Swedish Medical Center)
2:30 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.
Networking Break
2:45 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Legislative Update - Where do Things Stand?

Following the afternoon break, WSIA's Executive Director and chief lobbyist will provide attendees a quick update on where workers' comp issues and politics stand as the 2017 session of the state legislature continues. 

  • Kris Tefft, Executive Director (WSIA)
3 p.m. — 4 p.m.
How does EBM fare at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals?

We've spent the day learning about various aspects of evidence-based medicine, treatment guidelines, and coverage decisions. But what happens when their applicability is challenged? Attorney Tim Reeve of Reeve Shima will present an overview of the law as it relates to EBM, with a particular focus on the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeal's handling of treatment cases.

  • Tim Reeve, Attorney (Reeve Shima, P.C.)
  • Knowrasa Patrick, Assistant Chief Industrial Appeals Judge (Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals)

Continuing Education Credits

WSIA will award 6.5 (1.25 statutory) continuing education credits for the Washington Workers' Compensation Professional (WWCP) recertification. The following additional professional development credentials will be available to attendees:

  • L&I CEU - Applied forHCRI-SHRM 165px
  • CRC - Applied for
  • CDMS - Applied for
  • SHRM / HRCI recertification credits - Approved for 6.5 Credits 


WSIA Members - $225, full breakfast and lunch included

Additional members from same organization - $150 each (contact office to register multiple attendees with group discount)

Non-members - $350

Hotel Information

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

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WSIA has reserved a limited room block for overnight attendees. Rates are $169.00 per night.
Call (425) 644-2500 to reserve your room by Thursday February 23, 2017.

Cancellation Information

A cancellation fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations received by March 10, 2017.  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 10, 2017.