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.

Sunday, August 26

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

Welcome to the 25th 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!

NEW in 2018: Download the Comp Summit Mobile App for up-to-the minute conference news, session materials, venue maps, attendee networking and more!

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


10:00 am - 2:15 pm
Comp Summit Orientation: Knowledge and Skill Building

Comp 101. This session is designed for those professionals with three years or less experience with the Maine’s workers’ compensation system. If you are highly familiar with the system, the basic issues, and form filing requirements, this program is not for you! Following introductory remarks by Paul Sighinolfi, the Board’s Executive Director, the faculty will introduce you to key concepts, terminology, and procedures. Learn about the sequence of events that follow a typical compensation claim and the basic defenses to a claim. The faculty also discusses the 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. Written materials prepared by the program faculty and by the Board will supplement the presentation.

Faculty: Steve Moriarty and Katlyn Davidson (Norman, Hanson & DeTroy in Portland); Gordon Davis (Training and Outreach Coordinator, Workers’ Compensation Board); and Worker Advocate Shawn Walsh.

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

Lunch is included for individuals who pre-register for this session.

Program Faculty: Gordon Davis, Katlyn Davidson, Paul Sighinolfi, Steve Moriarty

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Shot Gun 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. Boxed 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. Box lunch pick-up begins at 11:15 AM.


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Program A: Comp 201

A Deep Dive. For graduates of the Comp 101 session, and for those with added experience managing comp claims, we offer this more detailed analysis of key issues in Maine. Topics will include, but are not limited to: 1) Mental stress injuries, both acute and gradual; 2) Standard of proof for discrimination claims; 3) Facilitating an injured employee’s return to work; 4) Arranging an effective section 207 examination; and 5) Recurrent form-filing problems and errors.

Faculty: Steve Moriarty and Lindsey Morrill Sands (Norman, Hanson & DeTroy in Portland); Gordon Davis (Training and Outreach Coordinator, Workers’ Compensation Board); and Worker Advocate Margaret Bratten.

Approved for 1.25 CLE, CCMC, SHRM, and HRCI general (HR) credits.

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Program B: Early Symptom Intervention and Direct Access Physical Therapy

Musculoskeletal injuries comprise about 30 percent of work-related injuries and 60 percent of costs in workers’ compensation. Via case studies and a hands-on demonstration, Brian Morin (Work Strategy Coordinator at Saco Bay Physical Therapy) and David Hoyle (National Director of Work Strategy at Select Medical) illustrate the best early steps to appropriate physical therapy. The goal is getting to the right level of management of musculoskeletal complaints through skilled, in-person triage of complaints, advanced first aid, direct access to physical therapy, and referral to the most appropriate medical provider. The institution of early reporting of soreness and the use of timely intervention through advanced first aid including ergonomic consulting, and behavioral modification has been shown to prevent OSHA recordable injuries. When medical care beyond first aid is needed, direct access to physical therapy has been shown in many cases to reduce claim costs by getting employees started earlier in physical therapy and limiting the likelihood they will be referred for imaging and medications that have been shown to delay recovery. Functional testing by physical therapists when completing M-1 forms in Maine assures that employers can have confidence to use the employee in transitional assignments where they can be most productive.

Approved for 1.25 CLE, CCMC, SHRM, HRCI general (HR) credits, and 1.0 NH Adjuster credit.

Program Faculty: Brian Morin, David Hoyle

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

Join the Summit’s opening reception. 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 – poolside!

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 am
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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