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.

Should I Attend?

HR Professionals, Employee Health, Directors of Nursing, Quality Coordinators, and Risk Managers are invited to this event.


8:00 am – 8:30 am: Registration

8:30 am – 8:45 am: Introductions

8:45 am – 9:45 am: Medical Marijuana Update

Louisiana workers compensation law is slowly changing and adapting to the whirlwind of changes that has happened over the last few years vis-a-vis Medical Marijuana laws. This presentation will focus on the most recent changes and strategy tips for handling claims.

Barry J. Rozas, Attorney
LeBas Law Offices APLC


  • Recapitulating current law and cases on medical marijuana
  • Reviewing recent changes to law affecting evaluation of claims
  • Providing strategies for adjusting claims

09:45 am – 10:00 am Break

10:00 am – 11:15 am: Creating and Sustaining a Transitional Duty Program

The presentation will focus on the value of transitional duty programs for both the employer and the employee and how each benefit. Insight will be offered on how to imagine, develop and implement a transitional duty program for businesses of any size. The presentation will then explore strategies for maintaining an effective transitional duty program and evolving it as the business evolves.

Brian Allen, Vice President of Government Affairs,
Mitchell & Co-Founder, Optimized Outcome Solutions


  • Understanding the importance of transitional duty programs
  • How to create an effective transitional duty program
  • Sustaining transitional duty programs for the long-haul

11:15 am – 12:15 am: Louisiana Legislature: Updates and News for 2022-2023

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 2023-2024 years.

John Rabalais, Partner
Rabalais Unland, LLP


  • 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 – 2:15 pm: How to Prepare an Injured Worker for Recovery

Injured workers want to get better, they just don’t know how. The presentation will explore the “four pillars of recovery” – mindset, nutrition, physical activity, and rest, and how those pillars support an effective post-education program to help injured employees better understand their critical role in their own recovery. The discussion will cover the value of each pillar and how they work together to improve outcomes. The presentation will also cover the importance of having a “coach” in the recovery education process to keep injured workers engaged and building in them a “can do” attitude and helping injured workers celebrate and measure their wins and optimize their recovery.

Brian Allen, Vice President of Government Affairs,
Mitchell & Co-Founder, Optimized Outcome Solutions


  • Understanding the value of post-injury education and coaching for injured workers
  • Recognizing the critical components of post-injury education and optimizing outcomes
  • Understanding the difference between ROI (return and investment) and ROE (return on employee)

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Break

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Best Practices for a Successful SPHM Program

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) caused by patient lifting, transferring, repositioning, and boosting represent many of the most common and severe workplace injuries in member facilities each year. This presentation will be a discussion of the best practices that facilities should implement to create and sustain a successful safe patient handling and mobility program. In addition, an overview of the LHATF Workers’ Compensation Quality Initiative on SPHM findings and current status of the program.

Stacie Jenkins, RN, MSN, CPSO,
Vice President of Patient Safety
LHA Trust Funds


  • Describe best practices for successful SPHM programs.
  • Implement strategies to reduce injuries from patient lifting, transferring, repositioning and boosting.

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Closing and Evaluations


LHA Trust Funds members may attend the Workers' Compensation Symposium for free.

Non-members are also welcome to attend for a $495 fee.


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

Stacie Jenkins, RN, MSN, CPSO

Vice President of Patient Safety and Risk, LHA Trust Funds

Stacie Jenkins is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in nursing informatics. She has more than 20 years of experience ...

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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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Brian Allen

Vice President of Government Affairs, Mitchell Co-Founder, Optimized Outcome Solutions

Brian Allen is a nationally recognized policy expert for workers’ compensation and insurance issues across the country. Allen...

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Barry J. Rozas

Attorney, LeBas Law Offices APLC

Barry J. Rozas is a partner in LeBas Law Offices, a PLC, an insurance defense firm with attorneys in Lafayette, New Orleans, ...

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