ISIA Annual Conference

If you are an Iowa employer or workers’ compensation representative, you won’t want to miss the Tenth Annual Iowa Self-Insurers Association Conference on September 20, 2018 in West Des Moines, Iowa. This conference is a great opportunity to network and develop relationships with others who handle Iowa workers’ compensation claims, and gain valuable insights from top attorneys and claims representatives in the field.

The 2018 Conference is once again filled with hot topics and some of the best speakers in the industry.  The conference will be one full day and will include lunch and a social networking cocktail at the conclusion of the day.

Registration must be completed on the Eventbrite website by credit card (with small service charge) — or, if you pay by check you will still need to complete registration on the Eventbrite website and then mail a check to ISIA, P.O. Box 166, North Sioux City, SD 57049. If you are registering multiple people please note the full names of all those attending. Registration will go up by $25 after September 6, 2018.

Conference Location & Hotel Information

The Tenth Annual Iowa Self-Insurers Association Conference will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites at Jordan Creek, in West Des Moines, Iowa. ISIA has negotiated a room rate of $133 for conference attendees. Reservations can be made by calling the hotedl directly at 515-309-3900 and asking for the ISIA rate or reserve online at the following link: Iowa Self Insured Association 

This link will take you to the hotel website and will preload the event code with the ISIA $133 rate after you select the dates. Rooms must be reserved by August 29, 2018 to receive the conference rate.


If you are interested in sponsorships at the ISIA Conference, available sponsorships include breakfast/registration, lunch, breaks, materials flash drives and the reception. For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact Todd Beresford.

Exhibitor/Vendor Registrations

Each exhibitor registration will entitle you to two (2) representatives at the booth and all activities including lunch and the reception. Additional representatives will have to register as attendees. Please specify each person that will be attending when registering.

Conference Materials

This year conference materials will once again be digital. You will be provided a link prior to the conference to download or print the materials and presentations.  In addition, you will also receive a flash drive when you check in the day of the conference.

Conference Agenda


8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m.  “Are Your Job Descriptions Helping…or Hurting?  Weak Job Descriptions Will Hurt Employees and Your Bottom Line.”  
Find out the benefits of having good job descriptions and how bad or no job descriptions can impact your workers’ compensation costs.
Mindy Oxtenford, PT, DPT, E3 Millennium Work Therapy Services, Des Moines, IA
9:30 a.m. Difference in Settlement Options in Iowa”
Learn about the different types of settlement options that are available in Iowa and determine how to pick the right option in different situations.
Caitlin Kilburg, JD, Hennessy & Roach,  Omaha, NE
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. “Caselaw Update”
Learn about relevant Appellate and Agency Cases impacting Iowa W.C. claims including an update on Evenson v. Winnebago from an attorney involved in the case which likely is heading back up to the Iowa Supreme Court.
Kathryn Johnson, JD, Peddicord Wharton, Des Moines, IA  
11:00 a.m. “Idiopathic Injuries in Iowa.  Is this really work related?”
Not all injuries sustained at work are compensable in Iowa.  Make sure you are aware of situations where injuries occuring at work may not be compensable.
Valerie Landis, JD, Hopkins & Huebner, Des Moines, IA  
12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. “How to Get the Most Out of Your IME”
Learn how to get the most value for your IME.  A panel consisting of an IME Physican, Defense Attorney and Case Manager will provide advice from their various perspectives to ensure you are getting the most value out ouf your IME.
John Dr. Kuhlein, DO, MPH, FACPM, FACOEM, Medix, Des Moines, IA

Donna Totton, RN, Restore Rehabilitation, Peoria, IL

Jason KIdd, JD, Engles, Ketcham, Omaha, NE

2:00 p.m. Effective and Efficient Team Approach for LImb Salvage to Improve Functional Outcomes After High Energy Extremity Trauma”
A discussion on ho to get a severly injured employee back to productive work following a signficant trauma.
Michael C. Wiley, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

Joseph A. Buckwalter, V, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. “What is Suitable Work?”
Learn about what consitutes “suitable work” under the new provision in Iowa Code Section 85.33 (3).
Sasha Monthei, JD, Mills, Smith & Schrock, Cedar Rapids, IA
4:00 p.m. “Anatomy of the Shoulder”
The July 1, 2017 W.C. changess placed the “Shoulder” into a scheduled member injury.  Found out what you need to know from both the medical and legal perspetive on this important change.
Steven A. Aviles, MD, Iowa Ortho, Des Moines, IA
William Scherle, JD, Hansen, McClintock & Riley, Des Moines, IA
5:00 p.m. Reception and Social Networking

Learn more about becoming a member of ISIA and the benefits of membership.