2016 Professional Risk Symposium

2016 PLUS Professional Risk Symposium


 Start Date - End Date

April 20, 2016 - April 21, 2016

Registration Deadline

Tuesday, April 19, 2016



Mark Your Calendar and Make Plans To Attend the 2016 PLUS Professional Risk Symposium
 
April 20-21, 2016
Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL
 
PLUS is pleased to present the 2016 Professional Risk Symposium - a two-day educational event focusing on the emerging issues in the professional liability insurance market. Insurance industry professionals and attorneys will gain valuable insight from the high-profile speakers and panelists at this year's Symposium while making key business connections with other industry insiders.  


Register on or before MARCH 29, 2016 to receive the Early Bird discount!
 
 

Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
Non-Member Regular Registration $1025.00
Non-Member Early Registration $900.00
Member Regular Registration $825.00
Member Early Registration $695.00

Available Functions

Wednesday - April 20
8:15 am - 8:30 am
  Welcoming Remarks
8:30 am - 9:30 am
  MedPL: Is a Soft Market the New "Normal"?
Senior executives from a major medical professional liability insurance company, a domestic reinsurer, a healthcare broker, and a key insurance industry trade association will discuss the dynamics of the medical professional liability insurance industry in the U.S. today. They will provide their insights into the extended soft market and possible effects of events occurring in the marketplace today.
  PRS: Business Espionage - A Minefield of PLI Exposures
Seemingly diverse situations - a data breach divulging personal information, industry secrets being leaked, securities traders trading on non-public information - may create PL exposures for those involved in an incident of “business espionage.” The DOJ’s intent to prosecute individual executives involved in corporate wrongdoing highlights the potential severity of these exposures. Experts will explain the potential exposures raised by business espionage, analyze coverage issues, and discuss strategies for evaluating, underwriting & managing such risks.
9:30 am - 10:00 am
  Break
10:00 am - 11:15 am
  MedPL: Claims Trends to Watch in 2016
Claims professionals and defense attorneys will address issues affecting current trends in medical professional liability claims: Are reptilian tactics being used by plaintiff and defense attorneys?; How will the aging population of trial attorneys AND claims professionals affect our industry? Is there a correlation between quality of care and claims/increased liability?
  PRS: Your Case Evaluation - Would the Jury Agree? (Mock Trial)
Insurance professionals & defense counsel face serious challenges in evaluating potential verdict ranges & settlement values in PLI claims. This mock trial will be based on a hypothetical case involving legal malpractice with conflict of interest undertones. A jury research firm will recruit a diverse group of mock jurors, and the case will be presented by two experienced trial lawyers. Audience participation will include potential assessment of verdicts and settlement values, and will conduct a focus group .
11:15 am - 1:00 pm
  Luncheon with Keynote Address by Dr. James Bagian
How to Eat an Elephant

What are the essential elements needed to address complex problems? Using his experience as a physician, engineer, and astronaut, particularly in efforts following the Challenger shuttle accident investigation, Dr. Bagian will discuss the importance of establishing clear, compelling, and concise goals, distinguishing them from tactics, maintaining morale, and exhibiting consistent leadership, leading to successful outcomes.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  MedPL: 2016 ACA Update: Good News/Bad News?
ACA was enacted to provide health care to all. Exchanges and Co-ops were formed to ensure competition and provide affordable options. Yet, these newly formed organizations are failing at an alarming rate. What are the ramifications? This panel will discuss these and other issues involving ACA.
  PRS: Non-Profit Organizations - High Standards/Limited Resources
This session will discuss providing D&O and EPLI products to Non-Profit customers. Non-Profit organizations’ stakeholders – donors, board members, etc. – expect increasingly high levels of transparency, efficiency and quality, and non-profits have to protect themselves against risk with limited funding and (often) limited management resources? Financial & reputational, as well as employment-related risks will be reviewed, along with discussion of recommended coverage and risk management solutions.
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
  Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
  MedPL: Social Media: Risks & Rewards for Healthcare Providers
Our speaker will illustrate how social media can be used to improve/enhance professional networking & education, organizational promotion, patient care, & patient education and work FOR providers. She explains how you can work with healthcare providers to improve the patient experience, and help motivate and educate healthcare leaders to understand patient behaviors, their decision making process, what they desire from their patient experience, and what shapes their perceptions. This will be followed by a fireside chat with an industry professional to discuss questions regarding the use of Social Media.
  PRS: How are the NLRB, DOL and EEOC Impacting EPL Exposures?
This session will analyze how employment exposures continue to evolve.  Employers have outsourced,  using staffing firms and/or independent contractors.  Learn how recent NLRB decisions on Joint Employer & DOL guidance on Independent Contractors and its impact on EPL exposures. Finally, they will address the continued focus of the EEOC in on hiring practices, low wage/migrant workers, LGBT, and state & local legislative changes impacting EPL exposures.
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
  Break
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  MedPL: Healthcare Data Breaches: Another Day, Another Breach?
Underwriting, claims and legal experts, as well as breach response/risk management professionals will focus on current issues impacting healthcare data breaches and other cyber exposures. According to the Healthcare Informatics 2015 Report, healthcare remains the #1 target for data breaches, with patients’ PHI increasingly at risk, and healthcare data security being a high priority for all healthcare providers
  PRS: Fraud & Extortion: Using Technological Means - Crime or Cyber?
Fraudsters and extortionists are keeping up with cutting edge technologies and continually finding new methods to steal and extort. This session will examine whether crime, and kidnap and ransom underwriters and their policies are responding, or even should respond, to these new types of crime.
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
  Networking Reception
Thursday - April 21
9:00 am - 10:15 am
  MedPL: Wearable Technology: Poised to Transform Healthcare Exposures?
An industry expert will moderate a fascinating discussion among some of the leading medical professionals and technologists involved in the innovation taking place in the word of wearable medical devices. They will discuss potential health benefits and corresponding risks, including privacy risks, that emanate from use of these devices, as well as physicians’ use of mobile apps to collect patient data.
  PRS: Legal Jeopardy: Technology Use in Professional Practices
Technology improves efficiency and makes information more readily available, but also creates new risks for professionals, who practice in a changing, “on demand” environment. Rules of professional responsibility & ethics aren't keeping pace with technological advances. This format will raise PL & ethical concerns arising out of technology-related issues, from the perspectives of an underwriter, defense attorney & ethics lawyer. Possible topics: skyrocketing costs of e-discovery;use & management of mail, email, IM, text, twitter, etc.; consistent & safe usage of technology in professional firms (BYOD, email, personal computers); protection of client info.
10:15 am - 10:45 am
  Break
10:45 am - 11:45 am
  MedPL: Ensuring Empathy & Compassion for Patients AND Caregivers
Great strides have been made in recent years to improve communication with patients, particularly regarding disclosure of unanticipated outcomes. Recent efforts are now turned to improving healthcare by building empathy and compassion into not only the provision of patient care, but also how the caregivers themselves are treated. This panel will speak to the business case for this model, given the metrics now available to demonstrate the positive effect that this approach can have on claims and losses when it is utilized.
  PRS: Where is the Flag? The Tug of War on E&O Policies
Insurers are tightening up policy language & coverage, while insureds are concerned because they feel exposures are increasing. Brokers have a wish list, and they haggle and negotiate with the underwriters- how do they arrive at a compromise? Issues can include: How do changes in the definition of “claim” affect coverage; business pursuits exclusions; new transfer of funds exclusions; preserving coverage for innocent insureds; expanding the scope of existing exclusions & limitations & adding new ones, etc.
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
  Closing Remarks

Speakers

NameOrganizationSpeaking At
Adeola Adele (PANELIST)   PRS: How are the NLRB, DOL and EEOC Impacting EPL Exposures?
April Otterberg (PANELIST) Jenner & Block LLP  PRS: Your Case Evaluation - Would the Jury Agree? (Mock Trial)
Brian Braden (MODERATOR) Crum & Forster  PRS: Where is the Flag? The Tug of War on E&O Policies
Bruce Simmons (PANELIST) Business Risk Partners  PRS: Where is the Flag? The Tug of War on E&O Policies
Cathy Kuehl (PANELIST) Lemme, a division of EPIC  PRS: Where is the Flag? The Tug of War on E&O Policies
Charles Meyer (MODERATOR) O'Hagan Meyer PLLC  PRS: How are the NLRB, DOL and EEOC Impacting EPL Exposures?
Christopher Arehart (MODERATOR) Chubb  PRS: Fraud & Extortion: Using Technological Means - Crime or Cyber?
Clinton Wesolik (PANELIST) CNA  PRS: How are the NLRB, DOL and EEOC Impacting EPL Exposures?
David Vanalek (PANELIST) Markel  PRS: How are the NLRB, DOL and EEOC Impacting EPL Exposures?
David Cutter (MODERATOR) BatesCarey LLP  PRS: Business Espionage - A Minefield of PLI Exposures
David Grossbaum (PANELIST) Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP  PRS: Where is the Flag? The Tug of War on E&O Policies
Elissa Doroff (PANELIST) Lockton  PRS: Business Espionage - A Minefield of PLI Exposures
Gail Gottehrer (PANELIST) Axinn  PRS: Legal Jeopardy: Technology Use in Professional Practices
George Karousatos (PANELIST) Biancamano & DiStefano, P.C.  PRS: How are the NLRB, DOL and EEOC Impacting EPL Exposures?
Greg Ketay (PANELIST) Hanover Insurance Group  PRS: Legal Jeopardy: Technology Use in Professional Practices
Haralyn Isaac (PANELIST) Great American Insurance Company  PRS: Non-Profit Organizations - High Standards/Limited Resources
Heidi Roberts (PANELIST) Arthur J Gallagher & Co  PRS: Non-Profit Organizations - High Standards/Limited Resources
Jack McCalmon, Esq. (PANELIST) The McCalmon Group, Inc.  PRS: Non-Profit Organizations - High Standards/Limited Resources
Jacqueline Waters (PANELIST) Aon  PRS: Business Espionage - A Minefield of PLI Exposures
James Bagian, MD, PE (KEYNOTE) Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety  Luncheon with Keynote Address by Dr. James Bagian
Jeff Dougherty (PANELIST) Litigation Consultant  PRS: Your Case Evaluation - Would the Jury Agree? (Mock Trial)
Jill Zubak (PANELIST) Swiss Re  PRS: Where is the Flag? The Tug of War on E&O Policies
Kelly Dworniczek (PANELIST) Platinum Specialty Underwriters, Platinum Management Liability  PRS: Business Espionage - A Minefield of PLI Exposures
Kevin O'Hagan (MODERATOR) O'Hagan Meyer  PRS: Non-Profit Organizations - High Standards/Limited Resources
Kevin Henry (PANELIST) Hiscox Special Risks  PRS: Fraud & Extortion: Using Technological Means - Crime or Cyber?
Kim Noble (PANELIST) Applied Financial Lines  PRS: Legal Jeopardy: Technology Use in Professional Practices
Megan Manogue (PANELIST) Berkley Financial Specialists  PRS: Fraud & Extortion: Using Technological Means - Crime or Cyber?
Peter Garchie (MODERATOR) Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP  PRS: Legal Jeopardy: Technology Use in Professional Practices
Richard Simpson (MODERATOR) Wiley Rein, LLP  PRS: Your Case Evaluation - Would the Jury Agree? (Mock Trial)
Scott Schmookler (PANELIST) Gordon & Rees  PRS: Fraud & Extortion: Using Technological Means - Crime or Cyber?
Stephen Leggett (PANELIST) Willis Towers Watson  PRS: Fraud & Extortion: Using Technological Means - Crime or Cyber?
Thomas Herendeen (PANELIST) Travelers Insurance Company  PRS: Non-Profit Organizations - High Standards/Limited Resources

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Location Information

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

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"Business Espionage - A Minefield of PLI Exposures" Powerpoint Slides

"Business Espionage - A Minefield of PLI Exposures" White Paper




"Your Case Evaluation - Would the Jury Agree? (Mock Trial)" Powerpoint Slides

Handout Material - Neutral Case Summary




"Non-Profit Organizations - High Standards/Limited Resources" Powerpoint Slides




"How are the NLRB, DOL and EEOC Impacting EPL Exposures?" Powerpoint Slides

"How are the NLRB, DOL and EEOC Impacting EPL Exposures?" White Paper




"Fraud & Extortion: Using Technological Means - Crime or Cyber?" Powerpoint Slides

Handout Material - "Fraud & Extortion: Using Technological Means - Crime or Cyber?"




Handout Material - "Ethical & Technological Jeopardy in Complex Professional Liability Cases"




"Where is the Flag? The Tug of War on E&O Policies" Powerpoint Slides

"Where is the Flag? The Tug of War on E&O Policies" White Paper

Continuing Education