Administering Idaho's Workers' Compensation Law

2017 Annual Workers Compensation Seminar

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9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Keynote: National Developments in Workers' Compensation Relevant for Idaho

John Burton Jr.

John F. Burton, Jr. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) at Rutgers University.  Burton previously served as Dean of SMLR and as a faculty member at Cornell University, where he is also an Emeritus Professor, and at the University of Chicago.  He has a law degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.  He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Burton is a Member of the Workers’ Compensation Data Study Panel of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

John Burton was the Chairman of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws, which submitted its report to the President and Congress in 1972.  He has conducted research, served as consultant, and assisted with the formulation of public policy for many years.  He has served as a consultant to several jurisdictions, including Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, and Ontario. He participated in oral arguments to the Supreme Court of Idaho in 2000 in a workers’ compensation case. He is co-author of Employment Law: Cases and Materials (Sixth Edition), published in 2017. He maintains a website: www.workerscompresources.com.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Future of Healthcare

Leslie Kelly Hall
Senior Vice President, Policy at Healthwise

Recognized by Business Week as one of the Top 50 Websmart innovators, Leslie is committed to patient engagement, consumer empowerment and the use of health information technology to support collaborative care. With 25 years of executive leadership in HIT, marketing, and strategic planning she is uniquely qualified to promote Health IT at the national level in policy and in industry. Leslie has also been appointed to serve in national policy committees, demonstrating her reputation as industry leader, and consumer HIT advocate. At Healthwise she is responsible for influencing patient engagement, shared decision making, and accountable patient policy and standards in health reform at the national level.

Employment Law

Steve Berenter
Hawley Troxell Attorneys and counselors

Steve Berenter is the chair of the firm’s employment group. Mr. Berenter was Hawley Troxell’s Managing Partner from 2008 to 2014 and a member of its Board of Partners from 2002-2016. Believing in a proactive approach, Mr. Berenter counsels clients regarding their rights and obligations under evolving principles of employment law and related statutes. He assists clients by auditing and revising employment contracts, employee handbooks, and other documents and procedures that may give rise to employment disputes. Mr. Berenter has significant experience before the Idaho Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and dedicates a significant amount of his practice to defending clients in employment discrimination cases and other employment related litigation in both federal and state court.

Prior to joining Hawley Troxell, Mr. Berenter served as a Deputy Attorney General, State of Idaho, Appellate Division, 1983-1984, and the Department of Education and State Board of Education, 1980-1982. He has earned the highest ranking from Chambers and Partners for Labor and Employment in Idaho and the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, AV.

Finding High Value Care in Workers' Compensation

Dr. Timothy E. Doerr, M.D.

Dr. Timothy Doerr is an orthopedic surgeon who has been caring for injured workers in Idaho since 1997.  Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Wyoming in 1987.  He completed medical school at the University of California, Davis in 1991; where he graduated in the top 5% of his class.  Dr Doerr trained at the University of Colorado, where he completed his General Surgical internship in 1992 and his Orthopedic Residency in 1996, scoring the top score in the nation on the Orthopedic In-Training Examination as a Chief Resident.  He then completed a Complex Spinal Surgery fellowship at the University of Colorado in 1997.  Dr. Doerr specializes in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, minimally invasive cervical and lumbar spine surgery and joint replacement surgery.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Outside the Box:

Rethinking Pain-Management Paradigms

Becky Curtis
Take Courage Coaching

 In the summer of 2005, a violent, work-related, rollover car accident in Montana’s remote Big Hole Valley caused a C4 spinal cord injury that nearly took Becky’s life.  After the fight to stay alive and months of recovery from physical injuries, she began suffering excruciating, burning nerve pain.  As the chronic central pain reached its peak two years later, she faced the hopelessness of living the rest of her life in constant, horrific pain.  Narcotics soon lost their effectiveness and made coping more difficult.

Becky went through a pain clinic where she learned pain was an experience she could improve.  She continued to research pain and collaborate with her medical specialists.  But she recognized a piece that was missing for most people in pain:  ongoing support and learning how to personally manage pain.  She developed a program—Take Courage Coaching™—to help people in pain achieve the skills she used.  She has presented her coaching experiences and the TCC™ program at State and International conferences such as PAINWEEK.  Her presentations are sought by physician groups, caregivers, and payer groups; and she has trained groups—including providers at Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness at Vanderbilt Medical Center—to incorporate pain-specific coaching into patient care.  She relishes living in Montana with her husband, and loves to travel.

Orthopaedic Lower Extremity Workplace Injuries

Chris Hirose, MD

Saint Alphonsus Coughlin Foot & Ankle Clinic

Christopher Hirose, a fourth generation physician, is a board certified fellow of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  He is an orthopaedic surgeon at The Saint Alphonsus Coughlin Clinic in Boise, Idaho.

Dr. Hirose was an early admit to the University of Minnesota Medical School where he received his medical degree.  He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.  During his medical studies, he became fascinated with issues of solid organ transplantation and was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute/National Institutes of Health fellowship for studies in basic immunology at the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC. 

He trained in Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, and then completed the foot and ankle orthopaedic fellowship under Dr. Thomas O. Clanton at The Foundation for Orthopaedic, Athletic and Reconstructive Research in Houston, Texas.

He is the Past President of the North Pacific Orthopaedic Society and is an Instructor at the University of Washington Medical School.  He is an active teacher for the Coughlin Clinic Foot and Ankle Fellowship.

His interests include orthopaedic traumatic, arthritic, athletic reconstruction and soft tissue and metabolic diseases involving the ankle and foot.

He enjoys living with his wife and daughter in Boise, Idaho. 

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Social Media Law: Workers' Compensation

Lisa McGrath

Lisa McGrath LLC, New Media Law Firm

Lisa McGrath's practice focuses on solving legal problems related to social media, the Internet, advertising, apps, technology, privacy, and startups. Throughout her practice, she has counseled and provided social media compliance training to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies to hospitals and state and local governments. After graduating from American University, Washington College of Law, Mrs. McGrath began her career as a counsel in the United States Senate and later returned to her home state to clerk at the Idaho Supreme Court. Mrs. McGrath speaks frequently on social media law, and the Idaho Business Review recently named her a Leader in Law for her innovative practice. www.lisamcgrathllc.com 

Meniscal Injuries and Arthritic Knees

Ronald M. Kristensen, MD
St. Luke’s Orthopedic Surgery

Ronald M. Kristensen, MD specializes in hip and knee replacements as well as problems involving the lower extremities. Dr. Kristensen is a founder of the St. Luke's Joint Center, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and an active member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. After completing his lower extremity fellowship in Seattle, he moved to Boise, where he advanced lower extremity reconstruction, having performed over 1,000 computer-assisted hip and knee replacement surgeries. He has worked with the early development of custom cutting jigs and has implemented advanced multimodal pain management techniques to minimize postoperative discomfort.

Dr. Kristensen serves on multiple committees for St Luke’s. He has been active in teaching and research with numerous publications, as well as lectures regarding the management of arthritic problems. In 2005, Dr. Kristensen was elected as one of the Best Doctors in America by his peers and currently holds this nomination. It is Dr. Kristensen’s goal to return his patients to pain-free daily activities as well as recreational activities including golfing, biking, and skiing.

The Future of Healthcare

Leslie Kelly Hall
Senior Vice President, Policy at Healthwise

Recognized by Business Week as one of the Top 50 Websmart innovators, Leslie is committed to patient engagement, consumer empowerment and the use of health information technology to support collaborative care. With 25 years of executive leadership in HIT, marketing, and strategic planning she is uniquely qualified to promote Health IT at the national level in policy and in industry. Leslie has also been appointed to serve in national policy committees, demonstrating her reputation as industry leader, and consumer HIT advocate. At Healthwise she is responsible for influencing patient engagement, shared decision making, and accountable patient policy and standards in health reform at the national level.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Case Law Review

Lora Rainey Breen (Breen Veltman Wilson Workers’ Compensation Defense) and Christopher Erickson Caldwell (Caldwell Law Group, PLLC)

 

Lora Rainey Breen has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in political science and economics from the University of Redlands in California.  She then went on to earn her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.  Lora returned home to Idaho and began employment with the Idaho Industrial Commission in 1993, where she worked in the Commission’s Medical Fee, Mediation, and Adjudication divisions, most recently as a Referee/Hearing Officer (1998-2007).  In August 2007, she entered private practice as an attorney at Gardner Law Office specializing in workers’ compensation defense.  The office subsequently expanded to Gardner, Breen & Veltman.  In September 2012, Lora joined with two partners, Susan Veltman and Emma Wilson, to form Breen Veltman Wilson PLLC, where she continues to represent employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation matters.  Lora is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Idaho Army National Guard, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.  She has been a commissioned Army officer for 16 years and served a one-year tour in Kirkuk, Iraq in 2005.

 

Christopher Erickson Caldwell grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  He received his B.A. in English from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1992.  In December of 1994, Chris earned his J.D. from the University of Idaho.  He began his legal career as a public defender in the office of Chenoweth & Whitehead in Orofino.  In 1996, he opened an office in Lewiston for Chenoweth & Whitehead, focusing on workers compensation and personal injury.  He later joined Whitehead, Amberson & Caldwell, PLLC as a partner with offices in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.  In July 2012, he opened Caldwell Law Group, PLLC, in Lewiston, and recently opened a second office in Boise.


Chris has been certified as a Workers Compensation Specialist by the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association since 2010.  In addition, he has successfully tried cases on behalf of injured plaintiffs to juries and arbiters in various counties in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.  Chris takes particular satisfaction in helping injured clients navigate complex cases involving serious injuries including paraplegia, TBI, CRPS, and joint replacement. Chris is a past chairman of the Workers Compensation Section of the Idaho State Bar and recently served as a board member of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association. 

By the Numbers: Opiod Use in Idaho

Susan Schulte and Raji Chadarevian
National Council on Compensation I
nsurance

Susan Schulte is currently employed with the National Council on Compensation Insurance, NCCI, as the DOL Focus Lead.  In this position, she concentrates on national and state issues facing the state Departments of Labor and Divisions of Workers Compensation, develops common solutions to those issues and works to strengthen the relationship between the NCCI and the workers compensation regulators.  She is responsible for the delivery of the Medical Data Reports as well as the Proof of Coverage service provided to state regulators. 

Susan was previously employed by the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration as the manager of the Property & Casualty Section.  Before working for the Department, Susan worked in an independent insurance agency. 

Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia College with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Government.

Raji Chadarevian is an actuary at the Actuarial and Economic Services Division of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. He joined NCCI in June 1995.  As Focus Lead for Medical Fee Pricing and Research, Raji currently leads a team of actuaries responsible for evaluating the cost impact of changes to laws and regulation governing medical benefits in Workers Compensation, and developing a body of evidence of cause and effect that explains medical cost drivers in Workers Compensation.  Prior to 2012, Raji was responsible for several state rate filings, including Montana, New Mexico and Oregon.

Prior to joining NCCI, Raji was Vice President of Operations for an automobile insurance MGA.  Raji started his career as an actuarial statistician at River Oaks Group, parent to two insurance companies.

Raji received his BS in Mathematics from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.