The Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators welcomes you to its website and invites you to visit often for the latest announcements & information regarding future programs as well as those events that shape our industry.
With the announcements in 2014 and 2015 that Colorado and Maine have both joined SAWCA it is a clear demonstration that “Southern” is truly a “State of Mind” and increases the total number of jurisdictional members to 21…19 States plus the District of Columbia and the US. Virgin Islands. Who knows, maybe Lobster & Cheese Grits will become a staple at future conference luncheons.
In November 2017 over 100 workers’ compensation professionals from across the nation convened at The Sea Pines Resort amid the coastal splendor of South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island for SAWCA’s All Committee Conference. Attendees focused on various topics that included a report from NCCI detailing the internal and external factors impacting medical benefits; WCRI’s presentation on opioids and physician dispensing in southern jurisdictions including the difference that can be achieved through legislative action; “Lunch with the Committees” providing an opportunity for attendees to meet with the committee leadership to discuss most critical issues and plan for the future; Optum’s presentation on the role of PBM’s in work comp; a continuation of the series on “Ethics” presented by former KY Commissioner, Dwight Lovan; an update by a panel of CMS Experts hosted by Doug Holmes (UWC) on the issues surrounding the various federal requirements; legal issues that arise in agency use of social media was the focus of author and attorney Julie Tappendorf’s presentation; a review of best practices in the area of catastrophic non-fatal injuries, an indepth discussion of recent bankruptcies in the Self-Insurance Committee; and Bob Wilson’s “Things That Make Me Go Hmmm”. In addition to the above programs SAWCA was pleased to have as “Keynote” the Kentucky Secretary of Labor, Derrick Ramsey, a former All-American football player at the University of Kentucky and nine year NFL tight end with the Oakland Raiders sharing insight into the keys to being successful in all facets of your life. However, the highlight of the 2017 All Committee Conference may have been, what we hope to be the first of many, the “Industry Roundtable” moderated by Max Koonce of Sedgwick with Elizabeth Bailey (Waffle House), Andrew Walker (BMW), Chris Carey (Metis Holdings), Gary Langswager (Kia Motor Manufacturing); Donna Sheneisky (American Mining Insurance); Tom Glasson (AIG); Mark Walls (Safety National); and Trey Gillespie (PCI). For almost 90 minutes the group discussed various workers’ compensation issues critical to the success of their companies providing the perspective of the employer and carrier communities. SAWCA looks forward to continuing this industry forum in future conventions making it an annual event.
As you consider your plans for this coming year be sure to reserve the dates for the 70th Annual Convention at take a moment to view the video sharing the gracious hospitality of the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia July 23-27, 2018. Make your plans now to join us and take advantage of great programs in wonderful locations.