I am new in Workers' Comp so the information was very helpful and she [the instructor] was very helpful and detailed with her explanations.
D. Fry-Brown, Welding Services, Inc.
Workers' compensation professionals need specialized knowledge and skills in many diverse areas, including law, claims handling, disability management, safety, and medicine. The Certified Workers' Compensation Professional (CWCP) is the premier national program that organizes into a single comprehensive program the knowledge and skills you need as a workers' compensation professional.
Who should attend
Professionals from all parts of the workers' compensation field, including claims handlers, attorneys, physicians, rehabilitation counselors, nurses, therapists, agents, and union representatives will find this program helpful.
The course is recommended for those employed by individual employers both insured and self-insured, insurance companies, third-party administrators, agents, brokers, and state agencies. Attendees should have experience in some area of workers' compensation and be familiar with workers' compensation law in at least one jurisdiction.
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Module One: Principles of Disability Law
The first day covers the workers' compensation system including the basic principles of state workers' compensation laws. It doesn't teach the law of any specific state but instead points individuals to the questions they must ask to understand the law in their state. This segment briefly reviews the history of workers' compensation and the basic economic issues involved.
History of Workers' Compensation
Exclusive Remedy and Third-Party Cases
Arising out of and In the Course of
The Causal Issue
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
Module Two: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Other Disability Laws
This session examines federal employment legislation that affects your workers' compensation policies and practices.
Americans with Disabilities Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Social Security and Medicare
Module Three: Claims Management
You'll learn the steps for managing a claim from beginning to end; the procedures for handling routine claims; and problem issues including litigation, settlements, and attorneys. This portion is rich with handouts including checklists and forms that attendees can use in their workplace.
Employer Response to a Claim
Creating a Claim File
Investigating a Claim File
Choosing Medical Providers
Controlling Medical Costs
Using Vocational Rehabilitation
Handling Disputed Claims
Dealing with Judges and Attorneys
Module Four: Insurance & Self-Insurance
We'll discuss insurance and self-insurance, the various alternatives, and their advantages and disadvantages.
How insurance prices are set
How to get the best price
Alternatives for insurance and self-insurance
How to get good service from an insurance company or third-party administrator
Module Five: Safety, Disability Prevention & Management Issues
You'll learn the latest strategies for preventing injuries. The best employers have moved beyond the traditional safety contests ad now focus on hazards and near misses. We discuss how they do this.
Disability prevention involves the entire structure of a business. It includes wellness, employee selection practices, fraud prevention, and perhaps most important of all, management commitment.
Early return-to-work is one of the most successful strategies employers can use in dealing with workers' compensation. We discuss the reasoning behind this approach and provide specific details for creating a RTW Program.
Safety and Prevention
Human Resource Management
Repetitive Trauma Disorders
Designing a Program
Making It Work
Module Six: Medical Issues
You'll gain a basic understanding of the medical issues related to workers' compensation, learn how to review and understand medical reports, recognize the severity and importance of certain diagnoses, gain a reasonable understanding of what treatment is appropriate, and develop skills for dealing with doctors and other healthcare providers.
The session includes a videotape of a physician performing a back examination of a claimant.
An Introduction to Medical Issues
Understanding a Medical Report
A Review of Body Systems
Injuries to the Hand of the Arm
Injuries to the Knee
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- Christina Bergman, CWCP, CHRS - Lead Consultant, Aon Risk Solutions
- John J. Bernick, MD, PhD - Medical director of Michigan Occupational Health Associates
- Jeff Biddle, PhD - Professor and Asc. Chair Person, Department of Economics, Michigan State University
- Wendy Coduti, PhD - Assistant Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
- M. Melissa Moon, MD - Dr. Moon works near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in general adult rehabilitation, IMEs, and musculoskelatal medicine
- Steven J. Pollok, JD - President and Senior Partner of Rapaport, Pollok, Farrell & Waldron, P.C.
- Mark Upfal, MD - Corporate Medical Director, Detroit Medical Center Occupational Health Service
Professional credentials are more important today than ever before. Earning your professional certification from MSU's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations, one of the best and most respected Human Resources/Labor Relations Schools in the country, demonstrates mastery of content and commitment to the field of human resources management.
Stay up to date in this ever-changing field through biannual recertification. MSU's recertification program provides recognition and validation for lifelong learning and professional development in which HR professionals regularly engage.
Mastery of course content will be evaluated via an online or take-home examination. Participants will also be evaluated on their participation in various activities during the workshop. Certification is achieved by participating in the entire workshop and passing the certification examination.
The CWCP designation
When you successfully complete the course, take part in discussions and exercises, and pass a comprehensive examination, you will be recognized by Michigan State University as a Certified Workers' Compensation Professional. You are then entitled to use the designation CWCP after your name.
The learning environment
Attendance at each seminar will be limited to about 30. The relaxed class atmosphere stimulates participants to learn from each other as well as from the instructor. At times, attendees will break into small groups to work on problems or exercises and to discuss issues. Courses are designed to allow individuals to raise questions and get answers.
Attendees take examinations to evaluate their knowledge and proficiency. The take-home exams are available online and due two weeks after the class. Applicants will also be evaluated on their participation in certain activities during the seminar.
Certification is only given to those who attend the entire program and pass all examinations. They will be notified four to six weeks after the seminar by letter and will receive a certificate.
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Registration fee: $2,600
The seminar fee includes:
- Continental breakfast and networking lunch each day
- Certificate for completion of week-long program
- Course materials to take back to your workplace
- Inclusion on our mailing list. If you can't attend and want to be on this list, please email the request to email@example.com.
- Cancellation four weeks prior to program start: 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
- Cancellation less than four weeks but at least two weeks prior to program start: 50% cancellation fee.
- Cancellation less than two weeks prior to program start: no refund.
- These cancellation fees apply even if the participant wishes to reschedule to a later date for the same program or a different program. Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date with prior written notice and avoid the cancellation fee.
MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of cancelled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.
Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs may be requested by calling HR Executive Education at 517-355-9592. We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.
- MSU's Federal ID Number is 38-6005984
- Business casual attire.
- Please, no audio or video recording.
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