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Workers’ Comp Summit: Sept 22-24, 2021 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

Sunday, August 25

The following information is from the completed 2019 event. Please check back in the spring for details on next year. 

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Conference Registration Opens

Welcome to the 26th Annual Comp Summit!

Our team is at your service throughout the conference. Be sure to take advantage of our complimentary Bard Coffee barista station, courtesy of RECON Surveillance Group!

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Note: The registration desk will move to the Poolside Reception for attendee check-in from 4:30-6:00 PM.


9:30 am - 12:15 pm
TWO-PART PLENARY: Workers' Comp 101 & 201

Keys to Compliance and Successful Outcomes

What’s it all about? This half-day introductory session is designed for those professionals relatively new to workers’ compensation or who are seeking a refresher on some of the key elements of the system in Maine. Our approach is a bit different this year: we will use three case studies as the jumping off point to help you grasp some of the key terminology, procedures, and tactics associated with case management. This won’t be an exhaustive litany of the Act, rather it will set the table for how you learn more about the system and how you dive into your cases. The litany of details will be separately covered by accompanying written materials. It’s all designed to help set you up for the full conference ahead.

Part A. The first half of this session will focus on a couple of case studies, one involving a traumatic event, the other a gradual injury. As the cases roll out, we explore the early stages of a claim, the kinds of benefits available, and some of the basic procedures and methodologies for accepting and denying claims.

Part B. The second half will employ a case study involving a mental health injury to explore some of the more advanced stages of claims management, the associated legal procedures, and a bit about the relationships among the injured worker, legal counsel, insurer, and employer.

And, infused throughout will be a look at the proper completion of Board forms as well as the obligation and time frames for filing the forms, with particular emphasis on the common errors in form completion that we all encounter.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Through the language of three case studies, become better acquainted with some of the key terms and procedures of the Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Reconsider some of the basic factors that lead to successful outcomes for all parties.
  • Discover some of the more common mistakes in forms compliance and how to avoid them.

Approved for 2.75 CCMC, SHRM, HRCI (HR) General, and Maine Attorney CLE Credits.

Lunch is included only for individuals who pre-register for this session. Lunch takes place from 12:15-1:00 PM.

Program Faculty: Gordon Davis, Katlyn Davidson, Lindsey Sands, Tracey Gould

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Shotgun Start! Comp Summit Golf Tournament

The stunningly beautiful Samoset golf course awaits. Join the annual golf festivities, test your skills, enjoy camaraderie, and win prizes. Shotgun start with a scramble format that everyone can enjoy. Box lunch is provided. Team prizes plus awards for longest drive and closest to the pin. You can register to play when you register for the conference or any time prior to August 15. Form your own team or let us assign you to a fun grouping. $125 per person. Box lunch pick-up begins at 11:15 AM.


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
PLENARY: 75 Minutes with the Doctor

That’s a Lot of Time!

What’s it all about? In this continuation of the Comp 101/201 programming, you will be welcomed to a medical point of view on workplace injuries. Al Mesrobian, MD, a specialist in preventive medicine and occupational health, joins us for conversation and your questions. Dr. Mesrobian is well-versed both in the inner workings of the workers’ compensation system in Maine and this Comp Summit, so let’s put these 75 minutes to good use. The focus will include a look at the doctor/patient relationship and how it rolls out in the context of workers’ compensation and communications with lawyers, insurers, and employers. Al will also discuss trending issues in occupational medicine and shifts he’s observed over the years on the medical community’s relationship to work-related injuries. And while he can’t dispense specific medical advice for your cases and claims, he can steer you in the right direction. So, come join this lively, interactive session.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Learn more about the impact occupational health professionals have on Maine’s workers’ compensation system.
  • Discover tips for communications with the medical community that get you the results you need.
  • Hear about the latest trends in occupational health and wellness. 

Approved for 1.25 CCMC, SHRM, HRCI (HR) General, and Maine Attorney CLE Credits.

Program Faculty: Al Mesrobian

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
PLENARY: Crisis Response

Returning to productivity after a critical workplace accident.

What’s it all about? 90% of the US population will be exposed to one or more traumatic events during their lifetimes, and nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. There can be lasting consequences if these employees are left to their own devices, including the potential for post-traumatic stress disorder. Crisis Response programs help employers and payers support victims and witnesses of traumatic workplace incidents, including robberies, assaults, deaths, severe injuries, and natural disasters. Pat DeFrancisco, RN, CCM and Tammy Bradly from Coventry will share the key factors in building a successful crisis response program including: defining stress, PTSD, and identifying the effects of Critical Incident Stress on the workplace.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Learn how to define stress, critical incident stress and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Recognize the common causes of Critical Incident Stress in the workplace.
  • Identify the effects of Critical Incident Stress on the workplace.
  • Understand what interventions are available to minimize disruption to your workforce.

Approved for 1.25 CCMC, SHRM, HRCI (HR) General, and Maine Attorney CLE Credits.

Program Faculty: Pat DeFrancisco, Tammy Bradly

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Welcoming Reception - POOLSIDE!

Join the Summit’s opening reception, POOLSIDE, at the Resort’s outdoor pool and cabana. It’s a great way to renew acquaintances and make new Comp Summit friends. Enjoy the delicious hors d’oeuvres, networking, and hear the Golf Tournament winner 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
Entertainment Begins in the Enoteca Lounge!

Join us for great music and great conversations, with live music from the band Bald Hill!


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