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Insurance Council of New Jersey’s

Spring Workshop


Significant and parallel challenges are continuing for the workers’ compensation system and the labor force.  Not only are employers and workers’ compensation insurers having to re-analyze care-paths for pain in the face of the national opioid crisis, but they are simultaneously managing an aging workforce wrought with comorbidities.  The Spring Workshop will focus on these challenges, their intersection with one another, and how the insurance community can be leaders in promoting a healthier, more stable workforce.  


Opening Remarks to be delivered by

Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo

NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development!



Session I


Pain Management During the Opioid Crisis:

How can the workers’ compensation system better utilize alternatives to opioids for an effective return to work care path? What are the legal constraints and when are opioid prescriptions the preferred treatment?


Workers’ compensation insurance carriers are increasingly paying for drug rehabilitation as a result of injured employees’ use of opioids for pain relief. The trend to “make patients comfortable” has included physicians prescribing opioids as a primary course of treatment, with insurers willing to reimburse for this protocol over alternative treatment methods, such as chiropractic care, physical therapy and acupuncture.  In this era of a national crisis of opioid abuse, is it time to incorporate more alternatives to medication-based pain management? This panel will discuss case law developing around addiction and workers’ compensation, the value of alternative treatments for treating and returning an injured employee to the workplace, and the opportunity for workers’ compensation carriers to be on the forefront of stemming the tide of the opioid crisis.



Confirmed Presenters:


Jonathan Bomba, RN, Workers Compensation Pharmacy Consultant,

Selective Insurance Company of America


Ann DeBellis, Director, WCC Legal, NJM Insurance Group


Dr. Robert Kleinberg, DC, CDN, CCRD, Chiropractic Physician and

Licensed Insurance Producer


Dr. Gary Scardino, Principle, Scardino Family Chiropractic Center


Paul Vidal, PT, DPT, Chairman, American Physical Therapy

Association of New Jersey


Jennifer Yanow, MD, Pain Management Specialist

JLS Pain Management




Session II 


An Aging Workforce:


How to address comorbidities through risk mitigation

and how to manage these claims.


As the workforce of the United States ages, and will remain older for the foreseeable future, it is important to understand the impact of comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and other factors that impact our current and future aging workforce.  This panel will discuss the programs and strategies that employers can utilize to mitigate risks and better manage claims, so that they can help employees heal and return to work as quickly as possible.  Comorbid conditions increase the cost of worker’s compensation due to longer claim durations, higher medical costs, increased indemnity payments, and a greater likelihood of surgery and litigation.  Insurers should be prepared for how to deal with increased claims in an aging workforce with more comorbid conditions, and this panel is designed to offer that insight. 


Confirmed Presenters:


Tina Brletich, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy & Analytic

One Call


Richard Flaum, Esq., Chair of the Employment and Labor Practice Group

DiFrancesco, Bateman, Kunzman, Davis, Lehrer & Flaum, P.C.


Craig J. Ross, DO, Northeast Regional Medical Director

Liberty Mutual Insurance


Mark Zirulnik, Esq., Managing Attorney Staff Counsel

Selective Insurance Company





Friday, May 3, 2019


Forsgate Country Club

375 Forsgate Drive

Monroe Township, New Jersey


Registration – 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Workshops – 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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For more information contact Mary Novak at or (609) 393-0025.


No Refunds after April 26, 2019.

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