Workers’ Compensation 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

Location: Embassy Suites, Ridgeland, MS

Facilitating the Employee’s Return to Work

Also available as a webcast online.


8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-10:00 a.m.

What Doctors Wish Lawyers Knew and What Lawyers Wish Doctors Knew

A panel of physicians and lawyers discussing how best to work together to help the parties, help each other do a better job, get out of each other’s way, ect….

Moderated by Steve Funderburg, Esq. with panelists: Dr. Bradley Kellum; Dr. Eric Amundson; Dr. Jason Craft; Dr. Phillip Blount; Dave Peterson, Esq., and Gary Jones, Esq.

10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m.

Transitioning Away from Opiates as a First-Line Response to Pain — What Does That Look Like and How Will the Opioid-Prescribing Guidelines Facilitate the Transition?

How do physicians use the Prescribing Guidelines to curb the use of opiates initially and chronically? Do physicians like them? Think they work? What are the alternatives to opiates: integrative medicine techniques such as dry needling and cold therapy systems? Would treatment guidelines for opiates provide teeth to the Prescribing Guidelines or be a good adjunct? How do we deal with addiction and how long does it/should it/may it take to recover from addiction?

Moderated by Daniel Culpepper, Esq. with panelists Dr. Jeff Summers; Dr. Geralyn Datz; Dr. Angela Koestler; Doug Roll, PT,OCS, FAAOMPT; and Roxanne Case, Esq.

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Addressing Psychosocial Barriers to Recovery — Bringing Muhammad to the Mountain.

Treating the whole person is critical to recovery, but how and when should physicians address psychosocial barriers? What are the risk factors for developing these barriers and how do you identify them in the examining room? Can neutral NCMs help and, if so, when and how are they brought into the claim? When and how should physicians make the delicate referral to a pain psychologist/functional restoration program?

Moderated by Willie Abston, Esq. with panelists; Dr. Rahul Vohra; Dr. Angela Koestler; Dr. Stanton Ward; Dr. Geralyn Datz; Nurse Case Manager Barbara Oltremari; and Dennis Voge, Esq.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 4:15 p.m

What We Have Is a Failure to Communicate: Common Bottlenecks in W.C. Claims and How to Avoid Them.

Identifying and finding solutions to (1) the most common UR issues that snag treatment and delay recovery, (2) authorization hurdles faced by providers and payers, (3) recurring roadblocks with certain kinds of treatment, and (4) log jams that arise when the injury involves multiple body parts rather than one body part. Would changes to the Medical Fee Schedule or treatment guidelines help expedite treatment?

Moderated by Alison Ketner Goodman with panelists Dr. Robert McGuire; Dr. James Moss; Connie Mills, MWCC Medical Cost Containment Director; Nancy Germany, WC Coordinator, MS Sports Medicine; and Becky Hillhouse, Director of Claims, MS Public Entity W.C. Services

4:15 p.m. Adjourn


Medical Panelists who will join in the above sessions.

1. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Bradley Kellum with Capital Orthopedic;

2. Pain Management Physician Dr. Jeff Summers,

3. Physiatrist Dr. Rahul Vohra, and

4. Neurosurgeon Dr. Eric Amundson with NewSouth NeuroSpine;

5. Physiatrists Dr. Phillip Blount and

6. Dr. Raechel Percy with MMRC;

7. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Geralyn Datz with Southern Behavioral Medicine; and

8. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Angela Koestler with offices in Vicksburg and Ridgeland,

9. Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Robert McGuire and

10. Dr. Stanton Ward with UMMC will join us in the afternoon.

11. Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Jason Craft and

12. Dr. James “Jimbo” Moss with MS Sports Medicine will also join us for the day.

Open Enrollment

Registration is open to all interested parties including attorneys, judges, legal assistants, and law office staff. Walk–ins will be accepted on a space–available basis. If you plan to attend and do not pre-register, please call the UM-CLE office at (662) 915-1354 or 915-6738 to determine space availability. Written materials will be given on the day of the seminar.

Pre–registration is encouraged.


Please complete the registration form and return it along with your payment to the address listed on the form. To register by fax, please complete the form and include your Visa or MasterCard number and expiration date. The fax number is (662) 915-5267, or register using our secure online website . Registrants will receive additional information with their written confirmation from UM-CLE.

CLE Credit

This course offered by UM-CLE has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6 CLE credits. Registrants seeking mandatory CLE credit from another state should contact UM-CLE in advance of the seminar.


Refunds will be given as follows:

  • Two business days prior to the seminar, registration fee less a $25 administrative charge.
  • One business day prior to the seminar, materials and registration fee less $75 OR transfer the registration fee to someone else in your firm or to an upcoming CLE seminar.
  • No call, no show will receive materials only, no refunds. In the unlikely event a seminar is canceled, registrants will be notified and issued full refunds.

In the unlikely event a seminar is canceled, registrants will be notified and issued full refunds.


Hotel Accommodations

Convenient accommodations are available at the Embassy Suites, 200 Township Place in Ridgeland, Mississippi. You may call the hotel directly at 601-607-7112 or 800-EMBASSY to make a reservation.

Accommodation of Special Needs

If you require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Renee Moore-Cain at (662) 915-6738 prior to the seminar.