2022 Mid-Year Recorded Sessions

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Michael Weiser, JD- Weiser Consulting

Session 1: It’s All About the Money

It’s All About the Money! Presenter: Michael Weiser, JD- Weiser Consulting

Presenter Bio:

In addition to being a claims examiner for 19 years, I have employment experience with applicant’s law firms, defense law firms and also six years as an analyst for Exam Works, a medical-legal company,  working closely with physicians of all disciplines in the composition of their reports.

I live in Sacramento, California where I work privately as a workers’ compensation analyst specializing in Medical Legal reporting.

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David Ring, MD, PhD

Session 2: Safe and Effective Alleviation of Pain

Presenter: David Ring, MD, PhD Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

Presenter Bio:

David Ring, MD PhD is Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care, Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care, and Courtesy Professor of Psychiatry and also of Health Social Work at Dell Medical School.  Trained as a hand and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ring’s extensive research, patient care, and quality and patient safety leadership contributed to an understanding of and a passion for the ways that mindset and circumstances affect human illness.  Getting people interested in innovative ways to get and stay healthy depends on effective communication strategies that establish trust and make healthy habits appealing.  Dr. Ring’s current work focuses on ways to use existing knowledge, diverse expertise, and innovative applications of technology to help people choose healthy options consistent with their values.

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Session 3: Workplace Risk Factors for Delayed Recovery

Presenter: Les Kertay, PhD, ABPP, FIAIME, CMLE Behavioral Health, Past-President IAIME

Presenter Bio:

Les Kertay, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist with expertise in evidence-based treatment, assessment, and medicolegal applications of behavioral health including disability evaluation and workers’ compensation. He is currently SVP of Behavioral Health at Axiom Medical, LLC and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is also published and has presented extensively on the application of behavioral health in impairment compensation systems. He has presented to IAIME on several occasions, and is currently IAIME’s Immediate Past President.

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Lorena Payne, PT, MPA, OCS

Michelle Despres, PT, CEAS II, REAS, CETS

Session 4: Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment in the Workers’ Compensation Population

Presenters: Wanda Evans, PT, DPT, MHS, American Physical Therapy Association Lorena Payne, PT, MPA, OCS, Independent Contractor Michelle Despres, PT, CEAS II, REAS, CETS, One Call

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Presenter Bio’s:

Wanda K. Evans, a physical therapist currently serves as a Senior Specialist in the Health Policy & Payment Department at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Her responsibilities include communicating with members and insurers on physical therapy related payment inquiries regarding third-party, billing, CPT coding and payment policies in physical therapy. 

Dr. Evans remains a treating clinician in an outpatient setting. She received a Bachelors of Science, Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy from Howard University, a Masters of Health Science, Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, from University of Indianapolis; and is also a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. 

Lorena Pettet Payne, a physical therapist, works with individuals and groups to achieve and maintain the ability to participate in meaningful activity. Lorena assists employers and workers with the goal of minimizing risk on the jobsite while promoting healthy work habits in diverse settings. 

Lorena is a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS). She teaches at the University of Montana and has held key leadership roles as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the affiliate component, Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. 

Lorena is co-author of the clinical practice guideline published in the Journal of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. (Clinical Guidance to Optimize Work Participation After Injury or Illness: The Role of Physical Therapists J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2021;51(8):CPG1-CPG102. doi:10.2519/jospt.2021.0303) 

Michelle, a physical therapist encourages empowerment of injured workers to embrace a collaborative role in their recovery with innovative physical therapy. Michelle mentors clinicians to improve delivery of treatments and services and return-to-work results. She promotes injury prevention with programs including ergonomics, post-offer employment testing, and employee wellness. 

She provides continuing education, has spoken at national conferences and has a broadcast media presence including multiple appearances on Good Morning America. 

Daniel Bugbee, Esq

Session 5: Attorney’s Perspective on IMEs

Presenter: Daniel Bugbee, Esq – DBS Law

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Gary Pushkin, MD, (ORS), FIAIME, CMLE

Session 6: Upper Extremity Complicated Cases

Presenter: Gary Pushkin, MD, (ORS), FIAIME, CMLE Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Diana Kraemer, MD, FAANS, FIAIME, CMLE

Session 7: Spine Nomenclature: Practical Application for the IME

Presenter: Diana Kraemer, MD, FAANS, FIAIME, CMLE Diana Kraemer MD, PLLC, President-Elect IAIME

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Session 8: Catastrophic Injury: Life Care Planning

Presenter: Garson Caruso, MD, MPH, CLCP, CMLE, FACOEM, FIAIME Johns Hopkins University Division of Occupational Medicine

Presenter Bio: 

Caruso is a board-certified occupational physician in consulting practice in central Pennsylvania

He completed his undergraduate education at Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and residency training at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania, and was certified as a Medicolegal Evaluator and Life Care Planner in 2021

He performs medical direction in workers compensation and short-term disability, and complex file and case review; provides clinical oversight of onsite worker health and wellness clinics; and serves as an expert witness in occupational medicine, life expectancy determination, and life care planning

He is a Fellow of ACOEM and IAIME and a member of the IAIME Board of Directors in the 2022 to 2025 term

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James Myers, DC, FIAIME, CMLE

Session 9: Chiropractic Records and Their Content

Presenter: James Myers, DC, FIAIME, CMLE Myers Chiropractic Services

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Session 10: Report Writing and Causation Analysis: Practical Examples

Presenter: Fabrice Czarnecki, MD, MA, MPH, FACOEM, FAAFP, FIAIME, CMLE, President IAIME Chief Medical Officer, Transportation Security Administration

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Session 11: Report Writing: Panel Discussion

Presenter: Fabrice Czarnecki, MD, MA, MPH, FACOEM, FAAFP, FIAIME, CMLE, President IAIME; Charles Xeller, MD, FIAIME; Chris Brigham, MD, MMS, FACOEM, FIAIME, CIME, CMLE

Charles Xeller, MD, FIAIME

Session 12: Deposition Skills: It’s Your Time to Shine!

Presenter: Charles Xeller, MD, FIAIME MES Solutions, Past-President IAIME

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Diana Kraemer, MD, FAANS, FIAIME

Session 13: Complicated Spine Case Studies and Discussion

Presenter: Diana Kraemer, MD, FAANS, FIAIME, CMLE Diana Kraemer MD, PLLC, President-Elect IAIME

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Session 14: Using Web-based Resources to Enhance Quality and Efficiency of Evaluation

Presenter: Chris Brigham, MD, MMS, FACOEM, FIAIME, CIME, CMLE, Brigham and Associates

Presenter Bio: 

Christopher R. Brigham, MD is a thought leader on human potential and dis/ability whose goal is to have all of us, including those who are injured and ill, experience joyful and productive lives. He is Editor of the AMA Guides Newsletter and Casebook, and Senior Contributing Editor for the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition. Chris has written nearly 300 peer-reviewed articles, spoken at over 350 events, consulted extensively in the United States and internationally, and skilled in the use of web-based technologies, focusing on virtual learning systems. 

Chris received his Medical Degree from the Washington University School of Medicine – St. Louis, Master of Medical Science from Rutgers Medical School, and Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Southern Maine. He is Board-Certified in Occupational Medicine (ABPM), a Founding Director of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, a Fellow of the American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators. 

He is a Stephen Minister and a founder of the Faith Based Claims Association, an ecumenical organization where faith and profession intersect. With his love of the sea, he has a USCG Captain’s license. He enjoys sailing, kayaking, bicycling, travelling and, most of all, being with his family – he is married, has 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. He resides in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Falmouth, Maine. 

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