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FOS Completes Successful Workers Compensation Conference

Tuesday, August 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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The Florida Orthopaedic Society was extremely pleased to have the opportunity to provide education for our members and all of the various stakeholders during the 2017 Workers Compensation Conference held in Orlando. The FOS has participated in the conference for a number of years as a means of providing awareness of advances in orthopaedic care and supporting reform and initiatives that will improve quality care rendered to injured workers in Florida.

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Some highlights of our involvement in this year's conference are included below.

7th Annual Florida Orthopaedic Society Injured Workers Inspiration (IWI) Awards

Dr. George Canizares, President of the FOS, had the privilege of announcing the winners
of our 7th Annual Injured Workers Inspiration Awards during the opening ceremony of
the WCI Conference. Hundreds were in attendance were present to witness the
announcement of the following winners: Jonathan Levy, M.D., from Holy Cross
Orthopedic Institute in Fort Lauderdale, FL and David Klein, M.D., from Kennedy
White Orthopedic Center in Sarasota, FL.

Orthopaedic Breakout Session

The 2017 Orthopaedic Breakout Session for Adjusters and Case Managers took place on
Monday afternoon, August 7th. The program was filled with timely updates on treatment
options for common orthopaedic injuries in the work place as well as some timely discussions on concussion diagnosis and treatment and pain management protocols. A very special thank you to all of our members that participated in the breakout session this year: Albert Volk, M.D.; Howard Routman, D.O.; David Gilbert, M.D.; Paul Dowdy, M.D.; and Thomas Phipps, M.D.

Florida Orthopaedic Society Educational Luncheon

Tuesday afternoon during the WCI Conference provides the FOS the opportunity to focus on
the needs of our members and administrators. For the past 6 years we have hosted a
luncheon and invited guest speakers to address regulatory and reimbursement issues for our
members and the injured workers you treat. We were extremely fortunate to have the
Chairman of the Florida House Insurance & Banking Committee, Representative Danny
Burgess, attend this year's luncheon. Chairman Burgess gave an enlightening overview of
the Workers Compensation Reform Legislation that the House of Representatives pursued
earlier this year. Chair Burgess was most interested in hearing from our members about our
ideas for meaningful reform as the Legislature prepares to address this issue again in 2018.
We also had the good fortune of hearing from Brittany O'Neil, PMP, ARM-P, WC Policy
Coordinator at the Division of Workers' Compensation, on the rules and policy changes that
the Division is pursuing. Finally, Manthan Bhatt, State Government Affairs Manager at the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, shared the resources that the AAOS has on a
federal level to assist State Orthopaedic Societies as we pursue statutory and regulatory
change on a state level.

This annual luncheon has become a can't miss opportunity for our members and your
staff to hear from key workers compensation officials. We hope you will consider joining us
next year.

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