The California Workers’ Compensation Institute will hold a 1-day seminar in mid-October in San Francisco and Long Beach to educate industry professionals on the provisions and practical implementation issues related to SB 863, the workers’ comp reform passed by state lawmakers at the end of the 2012 legislative session. The reform bill, hammered out in closed door sessions between representatives of labor, employers, the governor’s office and legislative leaders, represents the most significant reform of the California workers’ compensation system since the enactment of SB 899 in 2004. While some provisions will be fleshed out by regulation and phased in during 2013 and beyond, others take effect January 1, 2013, making it imperative for workers’ compensation professionals to immediately get up to speed with the changes, rules, requirements, and timelines.
The CWCI seminar, “SB 863: Implementing California’s 2012 Workers’ Compensation Reform Legislation” will review key provisions of the bill, educate members of the community on the nature, scope and timing of the changes, and provide practical information and insights needed to develop effective, appropriate policies and strategies for delivering benefits in the restructured system. The program is appropriate for claims administrators, medical case managers, UR and bill review specialists, attorneys, hearing reps, rehab professionals -- anyone who needs to understand how the revamped system is supposed to work. Continuing education units will be available for claims examiners, attorneys, and hearing reps. The seminar will cover the following areas:
CWCI will present the seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, October 15 at the Grand Long Beach Event Center, and Friday, October 19 at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. Preregistration is required, as space is limited and reservations will be taken in the order received. Standard tuition is $395, with a $75 discount available to employees of CWCI members. The tuition covers the 1-day program, course manual, Continental breakfast, lunch, and a beverage break. Details and registration forms are available online at www.cwci.org or by calling CWCI at 510-251-9470.