Heck, we didn't solve any problems.
What we did do was come to a consensus about workers' compensation issues and begin the process of prioritizing them in order of importance and what was most solvable.
|"Workcompster" identities obscured to protect the guilty.|
I'm talking about the "secret" Workers' Compensation Summit 2016.
"Secret" because some out on the Internet, who have declared the media theirs, have accused this gathering of "workcompsters" a conspiratorial effort to further profiteering off the oppressed masses because The Summit wasn't advertised, and was invitation only.
About 40 people from diverse backgrounds who either work in, work with, or have been part of, workers' compensation from a multitude of jurisdictions.
There were lawyers, judges, doctors, insurance executives, risk managers, program managers, third party administrators, employers, and even injured workers - all to opine on the state of work comp, and essentially performa SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats).
That many people means that many different opinions. It was exhausting for the participants. Even more so for the organizers.
Keeping topics on track, keeping the discussion moving forward, ensuring that everyone had the opportunity to participate - a tough job.
Fellow blogger and president of workerscompensation.com, Bob Wilson, spearheaded the effort with a lot of help from Florida workers' compensation judicial system's head judge, David Langham.
I missed the first day because of scheduling and travel mishaps, which is fine, because I like to participate in the making of decisions, not so much the analysis of issues.
Here's what we hope to accomplish:
- Catalogue, itemize and prioritize where work comp, or the current work injury protection ecosphere (which includes "opt out") both falls short, and does well;
- Further examine these issues and stimulate further dialogue within other groups of national influence such as IAIABC or SAWCA by publishing the findings and promoting additional meetings;
- Foster standards and make suggestions that jurisdictions could adopt in order to minimize differences and irregularities.
- Encourage a return to healthful work injury protection systems for the new economy.
We may be full of hot air. Nothing may come of this.
The soil has been parched from a work comp drought for too long. We think precipitation is on the way so we're planting the seeds of change. Then fertilization will occur as the bees of the work comp hive spread the pollen.
There are plenty of obstacles and certainly many things that we can't change.
But there's enough that we can.
That's our intent and our focus.