Post-Conference Tracks

Choose from 2 different educational tracks

Saturday, January 28, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

TRACK #1: Social Workers in Health Care and Their Role in Case Management

Room: Grapevine Ballroom A, 1, 2, 3, Level 3

Description: This session will include the Prevalence, the Social Impact, Current Literature Review and Case Studies related to the topics described below.

  • Physician Aid in Dying Laws pending and passed in the US - relationship to the assessment of suffering.
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral health - associated with the Opiate crisis in the US and the proliferation of legislation affecting the availability of Marijuana for medical use and now for recreational use. 
  • Telehealth and Telepsychology as an option and alternative to in-person services.

Social Work case managers are especially asked to engage patients and focus on the conversations surrounding patients care.  There are crucial challenges faced by social work case managers.  These timely topics will provide education and training material to address the need.

Learning Objectives:

  • The attendee will explore current issues related to Substance Abuse and its correlation to Behavioral Health.
  • The attendee will increase their knowledge of current and pending laws related to Physician Aide in Dying.
  • The attendee will learn alternative options to in-person patient services, such as Telehealth and Telepsychology. 

TRACK #1: Part 1 - Case Management Ethics 2017: Where Should Your Ethical Compass Point?           

Description: A new era of health care realities transverse the ethical tenets of Case Management practice:

  • Death with dignity and other revised considerations for end of life care
  • Quality and safety implications of workplace bullying
  • Mandatory reporting quandaries involving HIPAA and patient privacy vs. public safety, and
  • The continued dilemma of interstate practice amid increasing telehealth utilization

Each of these situations cause case managers to regularly juggle the Moral Distress balls of personal, clinical and organizational ethics. As a result, the question beckons: What is a case manager’s ethical duty when employer mandates present as counter to the established professional standards, ethical codes, and regulations? Where should and does your ethical compass point?

Blending real industry scenarios with the latest professional resources, this presentation will provide case managers strategic guidance to define their ethical practice trajectory.

Session Learning Objectives:    

  • Identify four new ethical challenges for case managers
  • Discuss three ways Moral Distress impacts case management practice
  • Define the five steps of E-ACTS©-A Framework for Ethical Decision-Making


TRACK #1: Part 2 - Are you suffering?

Description: Are you suffering? This is perhaps one of the most difficult questions we may ever need to ask a person who appears to be suffering. The implication, is that if we ask the question, we also need to be prepared to offer a solution. Encouraging this difficult conversation, should be an essential part of your assessment as a case manager.  Especially since suffering and the patient's desire to access recently passed Physician Aid in Dying laws are believed to be inextricably linked.  California became the 5th state to legalize a patient’s right to request assistance from their physician to end their life.  Another 12 states are contemplating similar legislation. 

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will understand the 4 levels of suffering.
  • Attendees will provide one example illustrative of a patient suffering at each level.
  • Attendees will be able to conduct a basic HOPE or FICA spiritual assessment with their patients.


TRACK #2: Disability Management: Strategies for Success

Room: Grapevine Ballroom C & D, Level 3

Description: This track will focus on successful stay-at-work (“SAW”), return-to-work (“RTW”) strategies that Disability Management Specialists may utilize in their decision making to achieve safe and productive outcomes for both employees and employers.  Emphasis will be placed on the awareness, rationale and developing an integrated program.

As employers are also responsible to adhering to various Federal and State laws surrounding Family, Medical and Sick Leaves, the session will provide awareness of not only the consistent administration but integration of such practices within an organizational SAW/RTW policy

Also, this interactive track will explore best practices and industry unique approaches for those working within the field of Disability Management and build on certain skill sets and awareness of common challenges facing employers.

Learning Objectives:

The attendee will:

  • Describe successful stay-at-work (“SAW”), return-to-work (“RTW”) strategies.
  • Comprehend the plans, policies and processes involved with integrated programs
  • Identify differences in Occupational and Non-Occupational related disabilities
  • Explore and become knowledgeable about the value of the Interactive Process.
  • Recognize how FMLA/State Laws fit into an integrated approach and the overlap with disability and workers compensation claims
  • Understand how compliant Leave and SAW/RTW policies fit within the scope of best practices and the laws governing disability including exposures under the ADA.  

Session Moderator:

TRACK #2 - Part 1: SAW/RTW Programs: Impact on Worker Health & Productivity

Description: This interactive discussion will examine types of disabling conditions and their possible impact on work tasks by exploring the following topics:

  • Integration and Interactive Process
  • Creating Policies to Support Best Practices
  • Engaging the Attending Physician  
  • Establishing Functional Capacity or Job Analysis
  • Addressing Employer accommodation, transitional duty and progressive RTW approaches

Session Learning Objectives:

Attendees will:

  • Explore successful stay-at-work (“SAW”) and return-to-work (“RTW”) strategies
  • Identify plans, policies and processes involved with integrated programs
  • Develop an understanding of how SAW/RTW policies fit within the scope of best practices


Stan Scioscia, M.Ed., CRC, CDMS

TRACK #2 - Part 2: Integrated Disability Management and Workplace Benefits

Description: This interactive presentation will explore the integration and administration of disability  management benefits and laws in the workplace.

Session Learning Objectives:

Attendees will:

  • Define the components of integrated disability management
  • Identify workplace benefits, federal and state laws that support employees who are absent from work due to illness or injury
  • Describe how employers administer integrated disability management programs
  • Describe the role of occupational health clinicians and clinics
  • Describe best practices for integrated disability management and administration
  • Compare the synergies of clinical case management and disability management


All Post conference tracks are first come first serve basis