Joe Paduda To Speak at LWCC’s OMNET Forum

Joe Paduda is speaking twice during LWCC’s 2023 OMNET® Forum for Medical Providers.  On Friday, Jan. 27, starting at 8:15 a.m., he presents “A Perfect Storm: Outside Factors Influencing Workers’ Compensation.”

Later that morning, Joe joins Kevin Bianchini, PhD, FACPN, Stacy Guillory, LWCC Medical Services Supervisor, and Linda Dantin, LWCC Claims Manager, Large Accounts in a lively discussion on social determinants and how they affect patient outcomes.

The 2023 OMNET Forum will be held Jan. 26 & 27 at LWCC’s headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. To register & learn more, please see

Joe Paduda is adept at converting complex issues into manageable knowledge that audiences can immediately apply. To schedule him for a conference or corporate meeting, contact Helen Patterson,, 813-690-4787

Rising Temps, Rising Risks – Climate Change & Comp

National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference

Protecting Workers and Employers from the Impact of Climate Change 

Joe Paduda will moderate this ground-breaking session on climate change and comp featuring Jeff Rush of the California JPIA and Jill Leonard with Louisiana Workers Compensation Corp. (LWCC).  These experts will share their experiences with hurricanes, floods, high winds, wildfires, and extreme heat.

There’s dealing with the crisis itself, of course, but other risks abide in the aftermath. First responders and construction workers during recovery phases face injuries. What if impassable roads prevent injured employees from accessing care or your firefighter is seriously injured far from home?

Then, there are steadily rising temperatures that have caused heat-related illnesses. This type of risk requires a different approach.

Joe will interview Jill and Jeff on risk assessment and management strategies and invite audience members to share their solutions.

Don’t miss this session at the National Work Comp Conference, Oct. 19-21 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Joe Paduda on the Hot Topic of Climate Change and Comp

Rising Temps, Rising Risks: Climate Change & Comp  National Comp 2022

Joining Joe Paduda in this timely session are Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager for California JPIA, and Jill Leonard, VP of Claims Operations with the Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation (LWCC). Presenters highlight the risks climate change pose to workers’ comp payers. (Many of these are not readily apparent.) They also share how to assess these risks among a workforce or client base and ways to develop plans to mitigate them. Join this panel of experts on October 20, 12:30 p.m. PST at National Comp 2022. The annual conference--also known as NWCDC–will be held Oct. 19-21 in Las Vegas.

Joe Paduda Explores E Payments in Workers’ Comp in Webinar

E-Payments and Workers’ Comp: The Industry’s Move to Electronic Payments 

March 18 at 1pm EST/10am PST

Presented by Change Healthcare

Electronic payments reduce payers’ administrative workload and expenses, improve provider satisfaction, and can generate revenue and margin for payers. Although widely adopted by other payers, the workers’ compensation industry has yet to fully embrace e-payments. As workers’ comp payers struggle with increasing administrative costs and declining margins, e-payments can deliver a tried-and-tested solution.

Joe Paduda will share the results of a Health Strategy Associates survey on the state of e-payments in the workers’ comp industry. He and Bill Barbato, GM & VP, B2B Payment Solutions of Change Healthcare, will share insights on how changes in the fraud landscape have expedited the need for more secure payment types. In this webinar, you will discover:

–Findings on the state of the workers’ comp industry and how payers are streamlining payment processes
–The impact of e-payments on administrative expenses
–Processes used by workers’ comp payers to assess the potential impact of e-payments on costs and margin

For more information and to register, please see link


Joe Paduda will discuss WC Pharmacy on the ADJUSTED podcast

Be sure to listen to Berkley Industrial Comp’s ADJUSTED
podcast, dropping on Feb. 21. Host Greg Hamlin interviews Joe Paduda about trends in workers’ comp pharmacy. The podcast delves into the physician dispensing, opioids, and the need for buyers to think strategically about the role of pharmacy in claim resolution. The podcast will be available at Feb. 21 at and on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple and other major platforms.

Joe Paduda Presents CSIA Webinar on Facility Costs, Drivers and Solutions

Among COVID-19 and delayed surgeries, reductions in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, rising unemployment and other economic pressures, hospitals are having a tough time financially. And, facilities are looking to workers’ comp to help make up the revenue. Employers in most states are paying 3 to 8 times Medicare’s cost for facility fees.

Joe Paduda will discuss the effect of these external cost drivers on workers’ compensation and ways self-insured employers can mitigate them in a one-hour webinar for the California Self-Insurers Association. The webinar starts at 10:30 a.m. Pacific/1:30 Eastern on November 17.

The webinar is free to CSIA members and available for $25 to non-members. Register here.

Paduda Discusses Facility Costs & Workers’ Comp at NCSI – Oct. 8

The National Council of Self Insurers (NCSI) will present its Annual Conference virtually through a series 8 webinars, scheduled two at a time between September 22 and December 1. You can select one or multiple sessions or opt to attend the whole conference.

On October 8, starting at 9:30 a.m., Joe Paduda will discuss the New Cost Driver Frontier — how external forces (like COVID-19 and federal reimbursement changes) are driving up employers’ costs for hospitals.

In most states, employers pay 3 to 8 times Medicare’s cost for facility services. He’ll explain why – and how – hospitals and health systems target workers’ comp and outline ways to mitigate their efforts.

Again, Joe’s webinar starts at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 8 during NCSI’s Annual Meeting. CEUs for this and other webinars are available. Find out more here or by contacting NCSI’s Executive Director Jill Dulich at or 714.679.7707.

October 8, 2020 – NCSI 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Joe Paduda will present on the New Cost Driver Frontier for the National Council of Self-Insurers (NCSI) 2020 Annual Meeting. As is the custom in this year of Covid19,  NCSI will be holding a virtual event this year in a series of online webinars. Joe’s session is scheduled for 9:30 am on October 8. Learn more at NCSI.