Rudman Winchell Attorney Debra Reece presents session at Maine Comp Summit
The Gateway to Collaboration: Comp 101
Rudman Winchell attorney Debra Reece recently took part in the twentieth annual Maine Workers’ Comp Summit. This three day event took place at the Samoset in Rockport.
Deb’s session was designed for those new to the workers’ compensation system in Maine, those who want a refresher on key terminology and procedures, and those who have ideas to share.
Former Rudman Winchell attorney Paul Sighinolfi, the Worker’s Compensation Board Executive Director, attorney Reece and others engaged the audience in exercises designed to enhance understanding of workers’ comp language, concepts, procedures, forms, and the new law.
Presenters covered a wide range of viewpoints and helped facilitate an understanding of the different interests brokered by the system – employees, employers, occupational health providers, adjusters, case managers, attorneys, and the Workers’ Compensation Board.
Participants even took part in a creative “pop quiz,” a challenging exchange on some of the Board forms, case studies on a few current trouble areas, and audience “Q & A.”
Other presenters included Kimberlee Barriere, Director of the WCB’s Office of Medical/Rehab Services, and Deborah Buccina, an attorney with Douglas, Denham, Buccina & Ernst in Portland.
The panel also included guest experts Dan Smith, Director of Ancillary Services at MEMIC, Cheryl Russell, Director of Workers’ Compensation for Eastern Maine Health Systems, and Thom Watson, head of the Advocate Division.