SAN JOSE, Calif.--(EK Health Services®, Inc., will present a complimentary webinar Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10 to 11 a.m. (PST).)--To help workers’ compensation stakeholders prepare for the January 1 deadline to implement SB 863 reform measures,
“Many are asking how regulations will be implemented and how they impact various areas of the industry.”
The hour-long webinar − Be Prepared! The 2013 Reforms Are Coming − will be presented by Stephen Kline, Chief Legal Counsel for EK Health.
Stakeholders, including risk managers, claims managers, TPAs, self-insured and other workers’ compensation professionals, will find the webinar enlightening.
“SB 863 is changing the face of workers’ compensation in California, and January 1, 2013 begins the new era,” said Kline. “Many are asking how regulations will be implemented and how they impact various areas of the industry.”
What is IBR? What will happen to liens? How will IMR work? Are MPNs still a good idea? What is changing in UR? These are a few issues discussed throughout the industry.
“We are emphasizing that this is ‘your’ webinar,” said Kline, noting the focus is on questions from stakeholders. “We are taking questions in advance and addressing as many as time permits.”
Stephen Kline has extensive experience in workers’ compensation law and oversees EK Health’s contracts, litigation prevention and risk management. He is responsible for keeping the EK Health staff current on workers’ compensation laws and regulations nationwide.
Formerly with Armstrong Law Firm of San Jose, Kline has 35 years’ experience as a fulltime attorney, focusing on workers' compensation defense litigation for the past nine years. He served on San Jose Workers' Compensation Bench Bar Committee and was Vice President of South Bay Industrial Claims Association.
Kline earned his law degree at Pepperdine University School of Law and received a Conflict Resolution Training Certificate from California State University Humboldt and University of California - Berkeley.
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Jose, CA, EK Health Services®, is a URAC workers' compensation utilization management accredited company. A leader in national workers’ compensation managed care services, EK Health specializes in case management, utilization review, peer review, bill review and Medicare Set Aside for insurance companies, employers, for-profits and public entities.