2018 Regional Compliance Webinar: West Region Update

DMECRegional Compliance, Webinars

Wednesday, October 10

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

The frantic pace of changing regulations around absence and disability management are enough to send even the most seasoned professional’s head spinning. This fast-paced series of webinars will catch you up on the most pressing circuit court decisions, legislative updates, and changes to state workers’ compensation in a focused, region-specific format. Learn about recently-imposed updates and upcoming changes that will impact your region!

This webinar will deliver content specific to the Western region of the United States: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii (9th and 10th circuit courts).

Please note: This webinar series will be hosted on Wednesdays throughout the month of October.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore recently updated and pending legislation impacting absence and disability management in the Western U.S.
  • Review recent circuit court decisions that impact disability and absence management under the jurisdiction of the 9th and 10th circuit courts.
  • Gain a comprehensive overview of state worker’s compensation law changes throughout the Western U.S.


Megan Holstein, SVP, Absence and Claims Management, FINEOS

At FINEOS, Megan focuses on operationalizing the law, using project management techniques and business acumen to create compliant, but workable solutions, converting legal rules into software and/or process requirements. Ms. Holstein has extensive experience focusing on the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and their state and local law equivalents, as well as disability, paid sick leave, and family leave benefits, including ERISA as it pertains to short- and long-term disability plans and statutory disability and paid family leave. Ms. Holstein’s background also includes employment law counselling matters such DOL audit assistance, defense of EEOC and workplace discrimination claims, manager and employment law training and workplace investigation. She was employed as Vice President of Compliance for a third-party administrator (TPA) of disability benefits, leave of absence, and accommodation programs as well as in-house employment counsel for two publicly traded companies. Ms. Holstein has been in private practice and managed her own consulting and law firm, where she provided legal counsel and representation regarding all employment matters and conducted compliance audits, training, and workplace investigations.

Don Lipsy

Don Lipsy, Managed Care Specialty Products Manager, Sedgwick

Don Lipsy is a manager in the managed care specialty products division of Sedgwick. Specializing in pharmacy and utilization review (UR), Don has over a decade of experience in the design and implementation of pharmacy and UR solutions specific to workers’ compensation, as well as special expertise in government advocacy efforts related to these areas. A graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Don spent several years defending California State hospitals and doctors in medical malpractice and toxic tort litigation. Following that experience, Don chose to leave practice and enter the world of workers’ compensation, specializing in regulatory compliance, research, and advocacy.

Desiree R. Tolbert-Render, AVP, National Technical Compliance-Workers’ Compensation, Sedgwick

At Sedgwick, Desiree serves customers and consumers by researching and maintaining regulatory tracking to ensure compliance with national workers’ compensation statutes and regulations. Through ongoing communication and training, she also helps ensure Sedgwick colleagues understand their role in complying with statutory and regulatory changes. Tolbert has more than 30 years of experience as an insurance professional, with a record of success in the areas of multi-jurisdictional claims handling, management, marketing, and customer service. She holds a certification in workers’ compensation litigation from the WCCP, an associate in claims designation, and an associate in service designation.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

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Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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