60 Tips in 60 Minutes: Meet the 2023 National Comp Panel
Every year, National Comp attendees flood the exhibit hall to hear the latest top tips in workers’ comp during the “60 Tips in 60 Minutes” session. This annual panel gives its audience a fast-paced and exciting way to gain valuable knowledge from seasoned professionals in the industry.
This year, the panel will be revealing 60 tips on the secrets to understanding and treating the invisible injuries workers face. That doesn’t just mean muscle strains and low back pain — it can also mean depression, financial worries, family struggles and a list of other concerns that can negatively impact an injured worker’s ability to recover and get back on the job.
As you gear up for the final day of the conference, here’s a quick peek at who’s presenting on the panel this year:
Brian Peers, vice president, clinical services, MedRisk
Brian Peers is a licensed physical therapist and serves as MedRisk’s VP of clinical services. He is board certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist, and is recognized as an expert in the rehabilitation of the injured worker.
Prior to joining MedRisk, Dr. Peers was the owner and operator of an interdisciplinary rehab practice, and he has held faculty appointments at multiple physical therapy education programs.
He has also served as an injury prevention consultant for multiple large corporations and the United States Department of Defense.
Marcos Iglesias, VP, chief medical director, Travelers
Marcos Iglesias is a seasoned physician executive and national speaker with over 30 years of experience in workers’ compensation and disability management, evaluation and insurance leadership. His professional interests include the prevention and mitigation of delayed recovery and disability.
Dr. Iglesias leads Travelers’ medical innovation and strategy team.
He is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.
Michael Coupland, founder, Injured Worker Outcomes
Michael Coupland is a registered psychologist and was a certified rehabilitation counselor. He cofounded three national disability evaluations companies, which have performed over 250,000 evaluations. He is the developer of the AssessAbility Functional Medicine Evaluation and Functional Psychological Evaluation systems.
He is author of the COPE with Pain and COPE with Trauma programs, as well as the Supervised Withdrawal of Opioids Program (SWOP) for chronic pain intervention, and is national practice leader for a national network of psychologists and addiction medicine providers for the COPE and SWOP programs.
He is a chapter author of the AMA 6th Ed. Guidelines companion text Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability and the author of Psychosocial Interventions for Chronic Pain Management. He was honored in 2014 with the Top 50 People in Workers’ Compensation award from the SEAK organization.
Rajiv Das, medical director, employee health services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Before joining UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, Dr. Rajiv Das served as medical director, risk management, for Safeway/Albertsons Companies.
He is board certified in occupational medicine, physical medicine, rehabilitation medicine and pain medicine.
He has worked within workers’ compensation as a provider, utilization reviewer and medical case management consultant. He serves as a QME for the State of California.
Noreen Olson, manager of claims, risk management, Starbucks
Noreen Olson has been a Starbucks partner since 2014, working in the risk management department. She manages the U.S. workers’ compensation program with a staff of nine.
Olson is a registered nurse who spent many years working in the hospital environment transitioning from the patient care bedside to roles in occupational health, safety, infection prevention and workers’ compensation.
She is a past director of the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses and actively participates in many professional organizations.
Douglas Benner, chief medical officer, EK Health Services Inc.
With over 38 years of expertise in the workers’ compensation industry, Douglas Benner, MD, MS, serves as chief medical officer of EK Health Services Inc.
He holds unrestricted medical licenses in California and Indiana and has lifetime board certification in occupational medicine.
He has also been certified as an independent medical examiner and medical review officer.
MODERATOR: Stuart Colburn, shareholder, Downs & Stanford
Stuart Colburn is a shareholder/attorney at Downs & Stanford, specializing in insurance defense for workers’ compensation claims and bad faith.
He is founder and chair of the State Bar of Texas Workers’ Compensation Section and the course coordinator of the Advanced Workers’ Compensation Seminar; he also represents clients before the Texas Department of Insurance and courts regarding workers’ compensation, subrogation and bad faith litigation. The State Bar of Texas Workers’ Compensation Section awarded Colburn the “Barbed Wire Award” for lifetime service. &
“60 Tips in 60 Minutes: Secrets to Understanding and Treating the Invisible” will be held on Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Learn more here.