ISIA Annual Self-Insurers Conference

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If you are an Iowa employer or workers’ compensation representative, you won’t want to miss the Eighth Annual Iowa Self-Insurers Association Conference on September 14, 2016 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 2016 Conference has an exciting agenda with an emphasis on new trends in the field of workers’ compensation. The 2016 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.

Each exhibitor registration includes up to two representatives at the booth. Any additional representatives will require a regular attendee registration.

Conference Location & Hotel Information

The Eighth Annual Iowa Self-Insurers Association Conference will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in West Des Moines, Iowa. ISIA has negotiated a room rate of $139 for conference attendees. Reservations can be made by calling 515-309-3900. Ask for the ISIA rate.


There will be a number of sponsorships including Lunch, Breaks and the Reception with further information coming closer to the conference. For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact Todd Beresford.

Conference Agenda


8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. “Current Health Trends and Legislation in Pain Management.”
Learn about what is new in pain management and how it may impact workers’ compensation claims.
Dr. Wesley Rayburn, MD., Iowa Ortho, Des Moines, IA
9:30 a.m. “What Makes a Case a Defense Verdict and What Makes a Case an Odd-lot?”
Two Iowa workers’ compensation deputies discuss what it takes to establish certain results and provide practical tips to attempt to obtain, or avoid, such results.
Deputy Bill Grell, IWCC, Des Moines, IA
Deputy Erica Fitch, IWCC, Des Moines, IA
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. “What New Things Can We Expect in Workers’ Compensation in 2017 and Beyond?”
Learn about the newest trends in workers’ compensation and find out what new things are on the horizon in the field in the future.
Liz Thompson, CEO, Encore, Stevens Point, WI
12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. “Evaluation of Claims Values at Various Levels of the Chain.”
Claims professionals discuss key factors in determining a claim’s value and how developments during the life of the claim impact the value of the claim.
Barb Sullivan, President and CEO, EMC Risk, Des Moines, IA
Lisa Peterson, Attorney, Tyson Foods, Dakota Dunes, SD
José A Góngora, Sr. Manager, Env., Health, Safety & Security, Kinze, Manufacturing, Williamsburg, IA
Moderator: Ed Rose, Attorney, Betty, Neuman & McMahon, Davenport, IA
2:00 p.m. “Telemedicine – What Is It and How Can It Be Used in Iowa Workers’ Compensation Claims?”
Access to medical providers is changing. Hear about one of the newest trends in medical care and find out if telemedicine will move from group health to the workers’ compensation field.
Dr. Steve Rippentrop, M.D., UIHC, Iowa City, IA
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. “Common Shoulder Injuries in the Workplace.”
Learn about common workplace shoulder injuries and how to determine if such injuries are caused by the job, or other factors including natural aging.
Dr. Jason Sullivan, M.D., DMOS, Des Moines, IA
4:30 p.m. “From the Bench to the Defense Table.”
Former long-term deputy, Ron Pohlman, discusses his transition from Deputy Commissioner to defense attorney, and provides some of his insight and perspectives of the agency from his time at IWCC.
Ron Pohlman, J.D., Scheldrup Blades, Des Moines, IA
5:00 p.m. Reception

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