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Mission Control, That’s a Wrap on WCI 2018

The Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) held their annual conference in Orlando from August 19-22. Nearly 10,000 stakeholders attended 200 different sessions centered on the theme, ‘The Cosmic Evolution of the World of Workers’ Comp.’ Session topics ranged from technology to opioid alternatives for pain management to the future of the industry.

Before the conference began, WCI hosted the 5th Annual WCI Service Day benefitting Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) – a 84-acre nonprofit resort near Orlando that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses. Our team joined more than 1,000 other workers’ comp professionals who volunteered to take on tasks such as painting rocking chairs and side tables. In total, GKTW estimated that two years of projects were completed in a mere four hours of volunteer work.

The conference was officially kicked off by Kimberly George from Sedgwick and Mark Walls from Safety National who hosted a live version of their popular “Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark.” Our very own COO Chris Watson was a part of the thought leadership panel. The session, entitled ‘People, Places and Things: The Future of Workers’ Compensation’ circled around attracting millennials to the industry. Chris stated, “What we do from a care perspective resonates with millennials … being focused on service delivery and keeping that injured worker on the forefront.” Learn more about what Chris and the other panelists had to say in an article by Business Insurance.

Our other experts were a hit as well. One Call National Product Leader for Physical Therapy Michelle Despres held an ‘Innovation in Physical Therapy’ session jam-packed with three hours of education focused on encouraging injured workers to take an active role in their recovery. The session started with ‘Reducing Opioid Usage with Physical Therapy.’ Dr. Marcos Iglesias of Broadspire joined Michelle as they explored utilizing physical therapy as an alternative to opioid prescriptions.

Michelle’s other two sessions, ‘Advancements in Prosthetics’ and ‘Telerehab: The Future is Here and Now’ focused on telerehab and virtual physical therapy. Learn more about these advances from Safety National’s coverage of the session.

Expanding on opioid alternatives, One Call National Product Leader for Diagnostics Eric F. Patten sat down with Dr. Marcos Iglesias and national speaker and author Mark Pew to host an interactive discussion about the meaning of pain, opioid treatment and alternative options. Safety National’s coverage of this session states, “Contrary to most thoughts, opioids are not the best solution for pain because they are not actually addressing the pain. Opioids are addressing our mood related to the pain. The health community needs to educate the general population on this concept because there is still an overwhelming demand. The demand exists because most think opioids are the only answer to pain management.”

From the service day to the sessions, the conference was a huge success.

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