Workers’ Comp Summit: Aug 25-27, 2019 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Comp Summit!

The following information is from the completed event. Check back in the spring for updates on the 2019 program.

Monday, August 27

6:45 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast is Served

Join us for breakfast and the opportunity to meet our sponsors and EXPO participants. View a wide array of products and services for the workers’ compensation community in Maine!


6:45 am - 5:00 pm
Conference Registration Re-Opens

The registration desk remains open throughout the day. Be sure to take advantage of our complimentary Bard Coffee barista station, courtesy of RECON Surveillance Group!

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8:00 am - 9:00 am
The Comp Summit News Hour

Interviews with Workers’ Compensation Thought Leaders. In this opening plenary session, Workers’ Compensation Board Executive Director Paul Sighinolfi hosts and engages special guests in conversation about the big issues of the day. Taking the stage in 2018 are: Mike Bourque, President and CEO of MEMIC, Maine’s largest workers’ compensation insurer; and Raji Chadarevian, an actuary with the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Mike will talk about his transition from the world of communications to his new executive role as the second CEO of MEMIC. He’ll also talk about the strategic direction of the company, both in terms of the Maine market and their positioning around the country. Raji works closely with the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board by providing key medical data. His discussion will focus on behavioral and legal shifts affecting opioid prescriptions and other factors that are creating a unique situation in Maine: Medical costs are approximately 50% of the system costs in Maine (meaning 50% medical, 50% indemnity), whereas figures in other states in the region are as high as 70% medical, 30% indemnity.

Approved for 1.0 CLE, CCMC, SHRM, HRCI general (HR), and NH Adjuster credit.

Program Faculty: Michael Bourque, Paul Sighinolfi, Raji Chadarevian

9:15 am - 10:30 am
Choice of FOUR Concurrent Programs:

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10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Choice of FOUR Concurrent Programs:

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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Complimentary Gelato Treat

Treat yourself to a scoop (or two!) of Gorgeous Gelato from Portland.


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Lunch and EXPO

Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch and visit our EXPO participants, who make so much of what you see at Comp Summit possible!


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Regularly Scheduled Meeting

Workers’ Compensation Board

Monday afternoon you are welcome to participate in the regularly scheduled business meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Board.


1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
The Great Debate Returns

Comp’s kitchen sink forum – should this REALLY be paid?

This engaging staple of Comp Summit gets to the heart of whether or not a claim should be paid. The kitchen sink panelists continue to refresh this presentation and they will debate not only whether an injury arises out of and in the course of employment, but also other interesting issues and claims decided by the Board, Appellate Division and/or Law Court. Using a fast-paced and entertaining debate to engage even the most seasoned practitioner, the panel will present the employer, claims manager, and employee’s perspective and the audience will weigh in before the outcome of the actual case is given. Because the scenarios are real cases, the debate and PowerPoint presentation give attendees practical guidance and reference materials to assist in analyzing new and pending claims.

Faculty: Anne-Marie Storey (Rudman Winchell in Bangor); Tamii Rose (Claims Manager, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England in Gorham); Rita Bean (Mediator, Workers’ Compensation Board in Bangor); and Carol McMannus (Leen, Chase & Dufour in Bangor).

Approved for 1.0 CLE, CCMC, SHRM, HRCI general (HR), and NH Adjuster credit.

Program Faculty: Anne-Marie Storey, Carol McMannus, Rita Bean, Tamii Rose

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Dessert and EXPO

Indulge your sweet tooth and visit the EXPO Hall to see the quality workers’ compensation products and services offered by our sponsors. Gelato continues to be served throughout the break.


2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Choice of TWO Concurrent Programs:

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4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Reception, EXPO, and Prizes!

Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, conversation about all the day’s exciting moments, and prize announcements!

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dinner on Your Own

Enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Mid-Coast Maine. Dining options from the most elegant to the most traditional await you in Rockland, Camden, and Rockport. Check out Trip Advisor, the concierge desk at the Samoset, or your own private sources of information. Plan ahead!

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Conversations in the Enoteca Lounge at the Samoset

Enjoy a quiet evening with your Comp Summit friends.

Sunday, August 26 Monday, August 27 Tuesday, August 28