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Use of Medicare Set-Asides in Mediation Will be Topic at Work Comp Conference


When considering settlement of a workers’ compensation or liability claim, an assessment of the plaintiff/claimant’s Medicare status is necessary and may cause challenges to a successful settlement.

Orlando, FL, July 14, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Audience members will receive some real-life lessons on settling a workers’ compensation or liability claim when insurance experts discuss “The Use of Medicare Set-Asides in Mediation” during the August 19-23 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

When considering settlement of a workers’ compensation or liability claim, an assessment of the plaintiff/claimant’s Medicare status is necessary and may cause challenges to a successful settlement. The parties need to ascertain whether the plaintiff or claimant is 1) a current Medicare beneficiary or 2) has a reasonable expectation of becoming Medicare eligible within 30 months of settlement. Once the claimant is determined to fall into one of these two categories, it is imperative that many issues are addressed prior to finalizing any settlement. This session will answer those questions.

Panel members are Geoff Hudson, CEO of Axiom National in Tampa; Rafael Gonzalez, director of Medicare compliance at Gould & Lamb in Bradenton, Fla.; and AnnaMarie Kim, an attorney and mediator in Orlando.

The session will be presented on Tuesday, August 21.

About WCEC & WCI
Now in its 67th year, the Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference (WCEC) is the must-attend event for C-level executives, risk managers, claims adjusters, insurers, and medical and legal experts. Presented by the Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI), the conference offers attendees an extraordinary opportunity to connect with their peers and learn from nationally recognized experts.

Ongoing registration for the 2012 gathering reflects the global perspective of the conference, with an expected 8,000 participants from over 35 states and a number of foreign countries. The conference itself has been expanded to four days to accommodate the several hundred speakers presenting discipline-specific programs, break-out sessions and CEU opportunities. Of particular interest are a National Trends’ program featuring three national medical directors; a Risk Managers’ break-out paneled by two insurance company presidents; and a two-day “Center for Excellence: The Study of Medical Cost Drivers in Workers’ Compensation,” sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Additionally, more than 300 exhibitors will present information on their products and services.

The 2012 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference will be held August 19-23 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

The WCI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that serves as a comprehensive resource to all members of the workers’ compensation community. The WCI is an outgrowth of the long-established Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute. FWCI remains in existence under the WCI umbrella and continues its Florida focus, while the national organization provides a broader outreach across all states. The website is www.wci360.com.
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Joan Collier
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