Workers' Compensation Symposium

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Our annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium offers the latest on trends and changes in the workers’ compensation industry specifically targeted to healthcare.

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Challenges to workers’ compensation and employee safety continue to intensify. Strengthening your understanding of current risks and changes in the workers’ compensation industry has never been more critical.

That’s why the LHA Trust Funds offers its annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium at no cost to members of the LHA Workers’ Compensation Trust Fund.

Experts and peer leaders discuss hot topics in healthcare employee health and safety as they share tools, ideas and information that will help you develop stronger workers’ compensation and prevention of injury plans. Registration is required for attendance.


  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am: Registration
  • 8:30 am – 8:45 am: Introductions
  • 8:45 am – 10:00 am: Education & Clinical Support Programs that Improve Workplace Safety
    • Speakers:
      • Robynn Jett, NRMC
      • Brett Moreau, Education Manager, Clinical Nurse, Clinical I.T., Abbeville General
      • Mary Carter, HR, West Feliciana Parish Hospital
    • Panel Description:
      • A panel discussion with members of the LHA Workers’ Compensation Trust Fund regarding the programs they have in place to support clinical staff. We will discuss orientation, ongoing training, competency, preceptorship, and mentoring programs and how they can impact the safety of the workplace and employees.
    • Objectives:
      • To identify components of an employee training program that have resulted in positive employee safety results.
      • To discuss innovative ideas to improve employee safety through orientation and ongoing training.
      • To discuss ideas for implementing successful orientation and training programs.

  • 10:00 am – 10:15 am: Break
  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am: We Got them Equipment, Why Won’t They Use it: Creating Sustainability in Safe Patient Handling Programs
    • Speaker:
      • Andy Rich, MS, OTR/L, CSPHP
    • Panel Description:
      • Safe Patient Handling programs are being implemented with growing vigor. However, getting them started and sticking poses great challenges for many. This session will explore the challenges, strategies, and real-life applications that healthcare organizations have done that have resulted in 84-95% reductions in worker compensation incidents as costs related to moving patients, as well as reducing patient falls, hospital-acquired pressure injuries, and other complications associated with immobility.
    • Objectives:
      • Describe how intervening with mobility can improve clinical and safety outcomes for the patient caregiver and healthcare organization.
        Identify the common constraints to blocking safe patient handling program success.
      • Identify key strategies to address obstacles and ensure safe patient handling program success.

  • 11:15 am – 12:15 am: Louisiana Legislature Updates and News for 2022-2023
    • Speaker:
      • John Rabalais, Partner, Rabalais Unland, LLP
    • Panel Description:
      • This presentation will discuss recent changes in Louisiana law as it related to the insurance industry. We will discuss the short-term and long-term impact of these recent changes in the industry. We will also discuss other topics and issues that the Legislature will address for the 2022-2023 years.
    • Objectives:
      • Discuss the legal buzz working its way through the legislature.
      • Understand how the legal issues in the legislature will impact the day-to-day handling of insurance claims.

  • 12:15 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Implications of an Aging Workforce
    • Speaker:
      • Sid Borne, PT, Market Manager, Work Strategies
    • Panel Description:
      • As our workforce ages, we need to be aware of the impact of aging on the body. This presentation will focus on changes in the body's musculoskeletal system over time and how they can have implications on post-injury recovery and increase the potential for re-injury. We will also discuss strategies to help support the aging working workforce to reduce the risk of injury and reduce costs associated with injuries in this population.
    • Objectives:
      • Explain the impact of aging on the musculoskeletal system.
      • Identify how specific body parts are affected by specific activities.
      • Discuss the implications of age on post-injury recovery.
      • Identify potential solutions for managing the work comp spend in the aging workforce population.

  • 2 pm – 2:15 pm: Break
  • 2:15pm – 3:15pm: Recommendations for Conducting a Thorough Claims Investigation
    • Speakers:
      • Jimmy Hollier, NeunerPate
      • Sarah Brown, NeunerPate
    • Panel Description:
      • The presentation will provide professionals on the front lines of a claims investigation with a framework for gathering and analyzing the essential information necessary for achieving a fair and positive outcome.
    • Objective:
      • Conduct an effective claims investigation.
      • Describe the framework for gathering and analyzing information necessary for achieving fair and positive outcomes.
  • 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Closing and Evaluations


Please contact LHA Trust Funds if you have a disability that may require special accommodations for this educational opportunity. LHA Trust Funds is committed to ensuring full accessibility for all registrants

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Event Speakers

Sid Borne

LA Market Manager, Select Physical Therapy 

Sid Borne has 15 years of experience as an LA Market Manager at Select Physical Therapy in Slidell, Louisiana.

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Sarah F. Brown

Associate Attorney, NeunerPate

Sarah F. Brown joined the firm in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, she represented clients in all aspects of insurance litiga...

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Mary Carter

HR Coordinator, West Feliciana Hospital

Mary Carter is the HR Coordinator at West Feliciana Hospital. She has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field whi...

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James D. Hollier

Partner Attorney, NeunerPate

James D. Hollier joined NeunerPate in 1991 and his practice areas include the Defense of General Casualty, Workers’ Compensat...

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Robynn Jett

Director of Quality, Risk Management, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

Robynn has been a Registered Nurse for 19 years, spending the majority of her career in Emergency Medicine (14 years) and Fli...

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Brett A. Moreau

Clinical Nurse, Clinical IT Educator, Abbeville General Hospital

With nearly 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a registered nurse, Brett A. Moreau currently serves as a Cl...

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John Rabalais

Managing Partner, Rabalais Unland, LLP

John Rabalais is the Managing Partner of Rabalais Unland, LLP, where for over twenty years he has represented businesses and ...

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Andy Rich

Regional Clinical Manager, Diligent Services

Andy Rich received his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Rush University. Upon graduation in 1997, he worked in th...

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