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What's Next for Workers' Compensation in Illinois?

The Horton Group

Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (CDT)

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What's Next for Workers' Compensation in Illinois?

Join us for a workshop on Workers' Compensation in Illinois. During the first half of this workshop we will discuss Work Comp Reform and what you need to know prior to the September 1, 2011 deadline. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Synopsis of HB 1698
  • PPO Networks, Utilization Review
  • 30% Medical Fee Reduction
  • Wage, PPD and Carpal Tunnel Caps
  • NCCI, Insurance Premiums and Reporting Requirements
  • Employer Cost Analysis

During part two of this workshop will elaborate on the the Medicare Payer Law (MSP) and how it affects Workers' Compensation claims. MSP is the federal law Medicare uses to establish its status as a secondary payer of benefits when there is a primary payer present (such as Workers' Compensation). By way of a three-pronged approach, Medicare enforces its secondary payer position:

  • Medicare Payer Law (MSP)
  • Section 111 Reporting
  • Conditional Payments
  • Future Interests of Medicare

Federal courts have termed the Medicare Secondary Payer Law a "model of unclarity". If you are looking for clarity, this workshop puts the MSP law into a day-today usable form and is not filled with legal terminology!


Guest Speaker

Robert L. Smith, Partner, Wiedner & McAuliffe
Robert is a partner in the Workers' Compensation Defense Practice in Wiedner & McAuliffe's Chicago office. With over 20 years of trial experience before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, Robert brings uncommon levels of knowledge, respect and ethics to the representation of clients faced with high exposure claims. Robert has extensive experience with medically and factually complex cases. He successfully tried several of the first Utilization Review cases in Illinois, and he continues to strongly advocate for the application of evidence-based medicine in workers' compensation. Robert's experience, combined with his personal commitment to creative and aggressive defense, has allowed him to achieve a superior level of practical and efficient case resolution. As a testament to his professional achievements, Robert has received the legal field's highest rating in both legal ability and ethics.

Daniel R. Simones, Associate, Wiedner & McAuliffe
Dan is a member of the Workers' Compensation Defense Practice in Wiedner & McAuliffe's Chicago office. In addition to his workers' compensation defense practice, Dan is an active member of the Medicare Set-Aside Compliance team. As a certified Medicare Set-Aside Consultant and member of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals, Dan advocated on every aspect of his clients' Medicare files. He challenges CMS policy and prepares Set-Aside proposals, ensureing fairness for his client's interests.

 Participation is complimentary. Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. For more information please contact Deb Smith toll-free at 866-248-5300 or e-mail 

Have questions about What's Next for Workers' Compensation in Illinois?? Contact The Horton Group

When & Where

10320 Orland Parkway
Orland Park, 60467

Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (CDT)

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The Horton Group

The Horton Group is an insurance, employee benefits and risk advisory firm. We specialize in helping clients turn costs and risk into competitive advantage, and growing the business for tomorrow. Our business is about helping you achieve a higher level of performance. The Horton Group has the people, insight and innovation to get ahead of trends, and offer new ideas on critical challenges. 

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