CCWC Selects Two EK Speakers for 2018 Annual Conference


The 16th Annual Legislative & Educational Forum hosted by the California Coalition on Workers' Compensation (CCWC) will feature two guest speakers from EK Health. Dr. Douglas Benner, Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director, and Jake Reason, Vice President of Medicare Set-Aside Services, will be discussing key topics in the California workers' compensation industry as part of an extensive lineup of educational sessions. The event is taking place July 11-13, 2018 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Anaheim, CA.


Dr. Benner will be joined in discussion by Rajiv Das, M.D. from Safeway, Roman Kownacki, M.D. from Kaiser Permanente and Alex Swedlow, from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute to delve into the topic of Exploring the Impact of SB1160 .

Together, the session will focus on key questions such as:

  • Did the predictions we made last year come to pass?
  • Has the new formulary had an immediate effect on prescribing and Rx utilization review?
  • Did the April 1, 2018 medical necessity deadline have an impact?
  • Did the 30-day pass-through result in any material changes in utilization review? The panel will provide these answers and more.

This discussion will be part of Concurrent Session 1 on Wednesday, July 11 from 2:15pm - 3:15pm. 


Jake Reason is a subject matter expert on Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs), and will focus on What’s in It for Everyone? Creative Ways to Resolve a Claim with an MSA that is Attractive to All Parties . He will will be joined in discussion by John Pinto from Arcadia Settlements Group, Marques Torbert from Ametros Financial and Kim Wiswell from MedVal.

This session will provide answers to common questions involving a Medicare Set-Aside Account (MSA), such as:

  • How can your MSA vendor help you minimize MSA exposure and address non-Medicare medical costs?
  • What can a structure broker assist with to minimize costs for both Medicare and non-Medicare?
  • Are there other structure opportunities that produce savings?
  • How does full administration of the MSA protect the employer and the employee while ensuring the MSA provides the intended benefits, while safeguarding Medicare’s interest?

The discussion will be part of Concurrent Session 5 on Thursday, July 12 from 2:35pm - 3:35pm. 






The California Coalition on Workers' Compensation (CCWC) is a member-driven alliance renowned for extensive industry knowledge and an unwavering focus on advocacy & educational outreach. The CCWC is strategically positioned at the forefront of legislative and regulatory reform, allowing legislative advocates to influence and incite change for the benefit of public and private sector employers and their workers throughout California.

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