ISIA Annual Self-Insurers Conference

If you are an Iowa employer or workers’ compensation representative, you won’t want to miss the Ninth Annual Iowa Self-Insurers Association Conference on September 28, 2017 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 2017 Conference Agenda is fantastic, with an emphasis on the 2017 Iowa Legislative changes. The ISIA was instrumental in getting the most signficant workers compensation reform passed since the enactment of Workers’ Compensation over 100 years ago. Conference attendees will hear from those involved in the process and all that went into getting this reform passed and signed into law this year. There will also be a general session discussing all the changes, as well as one section on the intoxication defense. The 2017 conference will be one, full day, and will include lunch and a social networking event immediately following the last speaker.

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 20, 2017.

Conference Location & Hotel Information

The Ninth Annual Iowa Self-Insurers Association Conference will be held Thursday, September 28, 2017, 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 515-309-3900. Ask for the ISIA rate.


If you are interested in sponsorship at the ISIA Conference, available sponsorships include registration, lunch, breaks 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 be digital. You will be provided a link prior to the conference to download or print the materials and presentations.

Conference Agenda


8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and How to Sort out Degenerative Versus Acute Changes in the Spine”
Learn about new minimally invasive spine surgeries and what to look for to determine Compensability in spine cases.
Dr. Trevor Schmitz M.D., Iowa Ortho, Des Moines, IA
9:30 a.m. “New Changes in Iowa Workers’ Compensation”
A review of the recent Iowa legislative changes and how they will impact the evaluation and handling of claims occurring after July 1, 2017.
Chris Scheldrup, J.D., Scheldrup Blades, Cedar Rapids, IA
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. “Respiratory Disease in the Workplace: Is it Work-Related or Not?”
Learn about Occupational Asthma and other Pulmonary conditions and what tests are utilized in making diagnosis and what the results mean. How do you determine a permanent aggravation when employees have preexisting conditions?
Dr. Patrick Hartley, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., M.P.H., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. “What You Need to Know About Bill Review”
Learn about what bill review is and how is can save you money on Iowa claims.
Kevin Lanphier, V.P, Equian, Des Moines, IA
2:00 p.m. “Alternatives to Opioids, Complex Pain Treatment Program”
Review risk factors for disability in work related injuries and screening tools and methods to identify such risk factors to obtain appropriate referrals. Discuss Evidence Based Treatment specifically designed to target these risk factors and reduce disability.
Katie P. McBee, PT, DPT, Select Medical, Louisville, KY
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. “Which Way is Up?: OHSA’s New Anti-Retaliation Rule and its Impact on Drug Testing and Section 85.16”
Learn how OHSA’s rules impact the new changes made to the Intoxication statute in 85.16 and how to perform drug testing in Iowa W.C. cases.
Thomas Cunningham, J.D., Nyemaster, Des Moines, IA
3:45 p.m. “How to Combat Fraud in the Workers’ Compensation System”
Hear some ideas and possible legislation to combat workers’ compensation fraud in Iowa.
Senator Jake Chapman, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Adel, IA
4:30 p.m. “The ISIA Lobbying Team”
Hear from the Lobbying team responsible for navigating the 2017 W.C. reform through the Iowa Legislature to the Governor. What is anticipated in 2018 legislative session and in the future.
Matt Hinch, VP Cornerstone Government Affairs, Des Moines, IA
David Adelman, J.D., VP Cornerstone Government Affirms, Des Moines, IA
5:00 p.m. Reception

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