The Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers (MASI) will host its 18th Annual Fall Conference from Wednesday, September 23rd to Friday, September 25th, at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The event promises to be an especially informative one for self-insured workers’ comp and health professionals as several national speakers and local experts take the stage to provide their perspective on trends and concerns in the industry.
“The speakers come from all walks of life and backgrounds,” MASI Executive Director Dan Gibson said, “The conference just continues to grow and we’re really excited about that, and based on the current numbers, we’re going to have even more attendance than last year.”
Gibson also emphasized the range of expertise in the schedule of sessions, citing both the political and regulatory framework that will be represented, as well as trending topics such as telehealth and the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in workers’ comp. “[PTSD is] one of those things that not a lot of people are aware of, but it’s becoming more and more prominent in workers’ comp,” he explained. “We have William Criss Lott speaking on that and he’s actually a forensic psychologist who deals with a lot of PTSD cases so that will be really good. And telehealth, which is already happening in the healthcare sector of course, is on the rise in workers’ comp too, so we’ll be talking about its applications in the workplace setting.”
Other topical sessions for workers’ comp professionals include a four-person panel presentation on pharmacy issues that will apply to both workers’ comp and health, plus practical advice for reporting under the Affordable Care Act. Gibson also cited back to back talks by “dynamic” husband-wife team Dr. Dave Randolph and Dr. Trang Nguyen of Midwest Occupational Health as must-attend sessions. Dr. Nguyen will address “broken approaches” to treating back pain and Dr. Randolph will follow with an exploration of effective pain management strategies, including advice for employers.
All of the sessions, which extend all day Thursday and through Friday morning, are approved for a total of eight hours of continuing education credits for agents, adjusters, P/C & Health, MSCLE, CRC and CCM.
Aside from the mental stimulation of the meeting rooms, attendees will have numerous opportunities to unwind, network and enjoy a good time, starting with the Grand Bear Golf Club tournament, “Canvas and Cocktails” event, and welcome reception on Wednesday. The door prize and draw down party on Thursday night will offer another chance to mix and mingle, plus an exhibitor prize giveaway and a $1,500 grand prize.
Also at the door prize party, MASI will be making a cash donation to “Down Range,” the project of the C.J. Stewart Foundation, which seeks to shape the lives of young people through sports and physical activity. Stewart himself will be present for the party and will reveal his personal story as a wounded Afghanistan veteran and share more about his foundation.
Additional drawings for cash prizes will take place throughout the sessions on Thursday and Friday, and all breaks and the conference breakfasts and lunches will be held in the exhibit hall to maximize face time between sponsors, decision makers and service providers.
Online registration is available all the way up until the day of the conference via MASI’s website, along with further information about the sessions and social events.