10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration

Greetings and welcome to Day 1 of the CWCEC! Our friendly and well-informed staff are ready to help with your check-in process. You’ll receive your name badge, printed conference materials, and fun CWCEC swag. To ensure we have space and plates for everyone, please RSVP for the Day 2 Luncheon as early as possible. Keep an eye out for more information leading up to the conference to help make check-in a seamless experience.

1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Exhibits Open​

Dive into a world of innovation and networking by visiting all of our fantastic exhibitors. Uncover game-changing products, forge new partnerships, and gain valuable insights. Each exhibitor brings a unique perspective that can enrich your conference experience. Make the most of your conference – connect, learn, and thrive!
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Welcome

Opening Remarks – Colorado Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, Paul Tauriello, with distinguished guests, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director, Joe Barela, and Pinnacol President and CEO, John O’Donnell, welcome attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors to the 2024 Colorado Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

State of the System

General Session 1 – Colorado Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, Paul Tauriello, shares recent legislative and rule updates and how they impact the Colorado workers’ compensation system.
Paul Tauriello

Paul Tauriello

2:00 PM – 2:20 PM

Afternoon Refreshment Break​

Take a break and visit the Exhibitor Hall for complimentary refreshments. Energize your afternoon, enjoy the treats, and network with leading industry professionals. Head to the Hall – your taste buds and networking goals will thank you.
2:20 PM – 3:10 PM

Artificial Intelligence and Its Role in the Future of Workers' Compensation

Breakout 1A – Claims/Legal Track – Dive into the world of Artificial Intelligence as we explore workers’ compensation policies and processes that are ripe for an AI revolution! What should it do? What shouldn’t it do? What are the practical implications of implementation, maintenance, and regulation?
2:20 PM – 3:10 PM

Transforming the DIME

Breakout 1B – Medical Track – The Division Independent Medical Examination (DIME) program is an integral part of the workers’ compensation system in Colorado. This session will examine recent updates and cover the transformational changes to the program going forward.
Dan Sung Headshot
Dan Sung, Esq.

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

What it Takes to Find, Engage, and Develop Talent in Workers' Compensation

General Session 2 – Join this roundtable discussion to explore the unique challenges and potential advantages of finding, engaging, and developing talent in the workers’ compensation industry.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Partners from the Beginning

Welcome Reception – Embrace the spirit of our theme, Partners in Progress, at our Welcome Reception. Join industry peers for an evening of networking, collaboration, and celebration. We invite you to decorate your booths in the style of the year you or your company entered the workers’ compensation industry. Let’s travel through time together, ready to share the stories that made workers’ compensation what it is today. This promises to be an unforgettable kick-off.
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7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration

DOWC staff will be available at the check-in table to provide assistance and support throughout the event. Your convenience and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please come see us if there is anything you need.

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Exhibits Open​

Day 2 offers another chance to connect with workers’ compensation professionals from across the country. Visit each table to ensure you don’t miss out on learning and networking opportunities across a diverse landscape of exhibitors.

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Breakfast

Start your day right with a hot breakfast waiting for you in the Exhibitor Hall on both Day 2 and Day 3. Enjoy a delicious meal while connecting with exhibitors and fellow attendees. Fuel up for another day of enriching experiences and networking opportunities. See you there bright and early.

8:45 AM – 9:50 AM

Connecting the Workplace and Life through FUN

Keynote – Are you ready for a dynamic keynote experience? Paul Long has captivated Fortune 500 companies and government agencies worldwide. His unbridled energy, humor, and thought-provoking content redefine the conference experience. Join Paul at CWCEC 2024 for an unforgettable opportunity to learn and grow.
Keynote speaker Paul Long
Paul Long

9:50 AM – 10:20 AM

Morning Refreshment Break

Revitalize your day with complimentary morning refreshments in the Exhibitor Hall. Grab a bite, mingle, and savor your conference experience. Head to the Hall for a delicious morning boost.
10:20 AM – 11:10 AM

The World and Workers' Compensation

Breakout 2A – Claims/Legal Track – Workers’ compensation is part of the varied world of labor law. Unemployment, wage and hour laws, paid family and medical leave, and OSHA can all impact decisions made in workers’ compensation. Come learn more about the interplay between these legal theories.

Michelle Sisk

Michelle Sisk, Esq.

10:20 AM – 11:10 AM

Demystifying Drug Costs and Trend Management

Breakout 2B – Medical Track – Look behind the pharmacy curtain for an explanation of the cost of drugs and what the future might hold.
Delford Doherty
Dr. Del Doherty

11:20 AM – 12:10 PM

Urgent Care Today

General Session 3 – This session takes a modern look at urgent care, its role in occupational medicine, and the benefits to the overall treatment plan.

12:10 PM – 1:20 PM

Lunch

Your company is requested at a luncheon celebrating our collective efforts and time together. Your attendance is not just an invitation; it’s a catalyst for meaningful connections and conversations that can shape the future of our industry. Ensure your seat by RSVPing at check-in.

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1:20 PM – 2:10 PM

The Grand Partnership: Move from Bargaining For to Working In the Workers’ Compensation System

Breakout 3A – Claims/Legal Track – Workers’ compensation can be a contentious system, but there are benefits when both sides work together. A claimant and respondent attorney will discuss controversial issues and how both sides can move towards partnership for the benefit of all.
1:20 PM – 2:10 PM

An Injured Worker’s Journey

Breakout 3B – All-Industry Track – Join the Division of Workers’ Compensation for an interactive session which maps the journey of an injured worker through the claims process to better understand their needs, identify pain points, and discover opportunities for system improvement.

Jackie Jackson

Jackie Jackson

1:20 PM – 3:20 PM

Answering Your EDI Update Questions in Real Time

Drop-In Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Conversations – The DOWC is transitioning to Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) version 3.1. This is a significant upgrade that will affect many parts of the workers’ compensation system. Stop by the EDI Conversation Station to ask questions and receive updates from DOWC staff and EDI experts from Verisk.

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM

Afternoon Refreshment Break​

Take a break and visit the Exhibitor Hall for complimentary refreshments. Energize your afternoon, enjoy the treats, and network with leading industry professionals. Head to the Hall – your taste buds and networking goals will thank you.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Harmonizing Disciplines: A Collaborative Approach to First Responder Mental Health

General Session 4 – Join our experts for an insightful session delving into the intricate landscape of first responder mental health. In this engaging presentation, we will walk you through a compelling case study, explore cutting-edge treatments, navigate updated laws, and uncover best practices tailored to the unique needs of first responders.

3:40 PM – 3:50 PM

Making a Difference in Workers’ Compensation

Nonprofit Spotlight – This brief interlude will highlight nonprofit organizations whose mission is to better the Colorado workers’ compensation industry and those that we serve.
Paul Tauriello

Paul Tauriello

3:50 PM – 5:00 PM

Regulators Roundtable

General Session 5 – Hear from regulatory leaders from around the nation who are on the front lines of the evolutions in policy, and discover what these changes can mean for workers’ compensation.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Director’s Reception

Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation – Director Paul Tauriello invites attendees to join him for an evening of conversation and connection, while enjoying light apéritifs and beverages in the Broadmoor’s serene lakeside venue.

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7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Exhibits Open

Don’t miss out on a single opportunity; your next breakthrough could be just a table away. Maximize your last chance to visit the CWCEC Exhibitor Hall, and make every connection count!

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Start your day right with a hot breakfast waiting for you in the Exhibitor Hall on both Day 2 and Day 3. Enjoy a delicious meal while connecting with exhibitors and fellow attendees. Fuel up for another day of enriching experiences and networking opportunities. See you there bright and early.
Sponsored by
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8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration​

DOWC staff will be available at the check-in table to provide assistance and support throughout the event. Your convenience and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please come see us if there is anything you need.

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

When the Why Is As Important As the What

General Session 6 – The “why” behind our actions is often lost in the everyday demands of the “what.” We need to learn to look beyond the surface of our actions to really understand the impact of them. Doing so will help us be better workers and people.
Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

9:50 AM – 10:10 AM

Morning Refreshment Break

Revitalize your day with complimentary morning refreshments in the Exhibitor Hall. Grab a bite, mingle, and savor your conference experience. Head to the Hall for a delicious morning boost.

10:10 AM – 11:25 AM

CDLE: Colorado Employment Regulators

General Session 7 – Representatives from the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s sister divisions – Family and Medical Leave Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, and the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics – will discuss their programs and how they impact the workers of Colorado.

11:25 AM – 11:45 AM

Closing Remarks

Director Paul Tauriello closes the 2024 conference with final insights and thanks our 2024 sponsors, attendees, and exhibitors.

Paul Tauriello

Paul Tauriello