January Hot Topics 2023-2024

Recorded On: 01/17/2024

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Date: Jan. 17, 2024

Location: OASBO Conference Center | 98 Commerce Park Drive | Westerville, OH 43082 OR Online via Zoom

Cost: $100 (Member) | $200 (Non-Member)

This seminar covers the most important topics facing school officials right now in the area of workers’ compensation and workplace safety.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the roles of the Bureau, TPA and MCO and will gain insight on the legal issues surrounding Loss Time, Transitional Work, FMLA, Healthcare and Cobra. The seminar will close with a discussion on workplace safety and the sharing of best practices.


8:15 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
Workers’ Compensation - Role of the Bureau 
The attendees will learn about various BWC rating programs, rebate programs and grants. Other topics covered will include who is covered under class code 9444, State Insurance Fund vs. self-insurance, elements of compensability, updated salary continuation policy and school injury trends.
Kathleen Davenport, Southwest Regional Business Consultant, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation 

9:20 a.m. 

9:35 a.m.
Role of the Third Party Administrator (TPA) 
The role of the TPA in the Ohio workers’ compensation industry.  Specifically, how Sedgwick assists Ohio school districts with claims management, hearing representation, cost containment, as well as rate and risk services. 
Joe Miller, Account Executive, Sedgwick

10:25 a.m.

10:40 a.m.
Role of the Managed Care Organization (MCO)
Participants will learn the role and responsibilities of a managed care organization (MCO). Audience members will learn strategies to help build a successful workers compensation program for their district by closely collaborating with their medical management team.  We will review how to effectively manage return to work services by implementing ancillary offerings in conjunction with how partnering with your MCO can reduce overall costs for your district.
Dustin Napier, Client Services Representative, Sedgwick MCO
 11:20 a.m.

12:10 p.m.
Legal Issues and Workers’ Compensation (Transitional Work, FMLA, Health Care, Cobra)

Jennifer Whitt, Weston Hurd

1:10 p.m.

1:25 p.m.
Workplace Safety

Travis Thompson, Hylant Administrative Services            

2:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion - Best Practice 

Katie Johnson, OASBO, facilitating
3:20 p.m. 
Conclusion and Q&A

Kathleen Davenport

Southwest Regional Business Consultant, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Kathleen Davenport is a Business Consultant with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for Southwest Ohio.  She assists employers located in Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton, Highland, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto and Warren Counties. 

Kathleen has worked for BWC since 1994.  During her tenure with BWC, she has worked both as an Employer Service Specialist and a Claims Service Specialist.  As a Business Consultant, Kathleen serves as a liaison between BWC, area employers and employer associations.  Kathleen also works with employers in BWC’s Individual Retrospective Rating Program and Large Deductible Program.  

Joe Miller

Account Executive, Sedgwick

Joe Miller is an Account Executive at Sedgwick with 29 years of experience in workers’ compensation program administration as well as risk and absence management.  He specializes in consulting with both private and public employers to effectively manage their workers’ compensation policies and claims.  He is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications and is currently pursuing his ARM designation.    

Dustin Napier

MCO Account Executive, Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio

Dustin is an account executive with Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio.  He has been helping businesses operating in Ohio with their workers’ compensation programs for over 19 years.  Dustin has helped countless employers mitigate their workplace injury claims and enhance their overall program management from both the Managed Care and Third Party Administration perspectives.

Jennifer Whitt

Partner, Weston Hurd LLP

Jennifer L. Whitt brings more than two decades of experience to Weston Hurd’s Labor and Employment Group. Her practice focuses on workers’ compensation and occupational safety and health, defending both state-funded and self-insured employers before the Ohio Industrial Commission and in Ohio’s courts. Jennifer’s practice also includes ligation and tort actions representing large and small clients. She has represented clients in the health care, manufacturing, hospitality, construction, trucking and automotive industries as well as school districts and municipalities throughout all phases of the administrative process and all court levels. Jennifer received her B.A. cum laude from the University of Mount Union and her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law.

Travis Thompson, CPSI

Director of Risk Management, Ohio School Plan

Travis has an extensive loss control background and designed the loss control protocols for the field risk managers. He and his department provide extensive risk management services to our public entity and educational institution clients. Travis has worked with hundreds of municipal and school clients. His professional specialties include: Emergency Action Planning / Accident Investigation / Safety Management System

 Travis earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio.  In addition, he is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) and a Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM).

Katie Johnson, Esq.

Executive Director, OASBO

Katie Johnson is the Executive Director of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials. Katie is the seventh Executive Director and the first woman to lead the organization since its inception in 1936.

Katie was the Deputy Executive Director for OASBO prior to being named Executive Director. In that role, she served as legislative lead and in-house legal counsel for the association, keeping staff and members abreast of legal and regulatory compliance issues in school business. In addition, she has served as the chief learning officer, developing curriculum to support OASBO’s strategic plan and the Ohio school business profession.

Katie also serves on boards and committees focused on public finance, including serving as a member on the Finance and Appropriations Committee for Columbus City School District, as Treasurer of the Confluence Community Authority, and as past President of the Ohio Chapter of Women in Public Finance.

Katie holds a bachelor's degree in Business Finance from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in Education from The Ohio State University, and a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.


Workers’ Compensation - Role of the Bureau
01/17/2024 at 8:30 AM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
01/17/2024 at 8:30 AM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
Role of the Third Party Administrator (TPA)
01/17/2024 at 9:35 AM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
01/17/2024 at 9:35 AM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
Role of the Managed Care Organization (MCO)
01/17/2024 at 10:40 AM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
01/17/2024 at 10:40 AM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
Legal Issues and Workers’ Compensation
01/17/2024 at 12:10 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
01/17/2024 at 12:10 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
Workplace Safety
01/17/2024 at 1:25 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
01/17/2024 at 1:25 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
Roundtable Discussion - Best Practice
01/17/2024 at 2:30 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
01/17/2024 at 2:30 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/17/2024
Course Survey
7 Questions
Contact Hours
5.50 Contact Hours credits  |  No certificate available
5.50 Contact Hours credits  |  No certificate available