Events

  • Wed
    20
    Jan
    2016
    3:00pm-5:00pmRamada Inn

    TBD

  • Wed
    17
    Feb
    2016
  • Wed
    16
    Mar
    2016
    12:00 pmRamada Inn

    NEW WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAWS OF 2016
    (And Effectively Closing Claims Loopholes)

    Professor David J. Chetcuti is back and proudly announces his annual five-hour seminar on the New Workers’ Compensation Laws of 2016 along with many other topics.

    In addition to new laws, this unique program will also demonstrate how 9 loopholes involving escaping an MPN, QME disqualification and UR/IMR objections, can be effectively closed shut so that a judge will have no option but to rule in favor of the employer. This topic is a must for attorneys, claims professionals, employers and especially medical case managers.

    Special Bonus Topics:
    a. An explanation of new laws and regulations along with their impact on claims.
    b. A discussion of tricks played by PTP physicians to get around UR denials of Rx meds and how these physicians are fooling UR.
    c. Additional loopholes will be discussed on how applicant attorneys escape an MPN, disqualify an AME/QME report, and inappropriately obtain vouchers for their clients.
    d. Surprise! - Regular death benefits do not end at age 18. So why are benefits being discontinued?
    e. A fun topic on what is not taught in law school that impacts workers’ compensation
    f. The Petition For Reconsideration. Why are so few petitions accepted? The instructor has ghost-written 12 petitions over the years for various defense firms. All 12 petitions have been Granted by the Appeals Board! Find out the tricks for a successful appeal.
    g. Federal updates involving workers’ compensation along with an explanation of why a defendant encourages an appeal to IMR when developing an MSA allocation.
    h. We still have problems understanding the SJDB voucher for a post 1/1/13 injury. Common misconceptions will be discussed along with a neat defense strategy to avoid issuing two vouchers.
    i. Lien activation fee. Contrary to what everyone believes the issue is not resolved! Another constitutional challenge is now before the state appellate court.
    j. A new credential program (WCCC) for workers’ compensation claims consultants and risk managers will be discussed.

    Free Gift:
    Every attendee will receive a free 2016 PD rating chart with updated TD chart, COLA and life pension figures.

  • Wed
    20
    Apr
    2016
  • Fri
    20
    May
    2016
    8:00 am

    Fig Garden Golf Club
    7am Registration
    8am Shotgun Start

    See the FICA flyer for details on sponsorship and team registration

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016
    8:00am - 5:00pmRamada Inn

    Rating Seminar with Raul Hernandez
    Raul O. Hernandez

    Certified PD Rating Specialist, presently employed by the State of California

    PD rater and popular instructor, Raul Hernandez, will present his six-hour rating seminar with materials focused on the following topics:

    • Disability Ratings - 2005/2013
    • Converting Impairment into Disability
    • Upper and Lower Extremity Impairments
    • Spinal Impairments
    • DRE vs ROM
    • Important rating techniques and concepts
    • Multiple Impairments
    • Pain Add-ons
    • Calculation of Grip Strength
    • MDT and Duplication
    • Case Law
  • Wed
    19
    Oct
    2016
    3:00 pmRamada Inn
    Online Panel Requests
    Getting Control of this abused process
    Richard Krum
    Hanna Brophy Managing Partner
    After working in the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, Richard Krum joined Hanna Brophy in 1985 and became Managing partner in 1992.  Richard became a partner with the Firm, and, shortly thereafter, he became the managing partner of our Fresno office, where he serves on the Firm's management committee. Richard has a reputation for being an aggressive trial attorney before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.  His personal philosophy is to attempt to resolve claims as quickly as possible with only the necessary amount of discovery being conducted.
  • Wed
    16
    Nov
    2016
    5:30 pmRamada Inn

    FICA and CAAA present "An Evening with the Fresno WCAB Judges"

    A discussion with Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judges regarding policies and procedures at the Fresno WCAB. 

    This is the monthly meeting for FICA members. There will be no 3pm meeting.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    4:00 pmRamada Inn

    Vendors to arrive at 3pm for set up.

    Raffle at 5:15pm