The California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) is an organization created by the California Legislature in 1969 to pay claims of insolvent insurance carriers that are licensed to do business in the state of California. Management of CIGA claims requires specialized knowledge of the legal requirements that apply uniquely to CIGA claims. It has specialized training every two years for those involved in CIGA litigation.  Admission to these courses requires written approval of CIGA management.

This 5.5 hour course was recorded during the live training on board the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach on October 23, 2015. Admission to this course is restricted to claims professionals who are members of the CIGA defense teams. The topics and list of presenters are as follows:

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Presenter: Terri J. Harrison,
CIGA Director of Workers' Compensation

WORKERS' COMPENSATION POLICIES AND LIMITING ENDORSEMENTS
(aka Workers' Comp. Policies 101)
Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford, Sarvas & Carbonara

CRIMINAL HEALTHCARE INSURANCE FRAUD
Presenters: Jennifer Lentz Snyder, Los Angeles County District Attorney
Head Deputy of the Healthcare Fraud Division
Timothy W. Harper, Vice President FRASCO Investigations
Richard F. Smith, Vice President FRASCO Investigations

PRIOR AWARDS AND CIGA'S STATUTORY DEFENSES
Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford, Sarvas & Carbonara

NARCOTICS MANAGEMENT & LEGAL PANEL
Presenters: Brenda Wood, Pharm.D., BPharm,
Director of Clinical Services Healthcare Solutions
Susan Feit, Medical Programs Manager CIGA
Joseph Gallo, Esq. Litigation Manager CIGA

BEST PRACTICES AND LITIGATION EXPECTATIONS
Presenter: Joseph Gallo, Esq. Litigation Manager CIGA

CE Credit

Attorneys may receive 5.5 hours of MCLE in Workers' Compensation credit, and Claims Professionals may obtain 6 hours of continuing education credit for taking this course online.

To enroll in this course please call Lee Schlakat 805 341 2296 or Rene Thomas Folse, 805 907 6467.
This 5 hour course was recorded during the live training in Newport Beach on August 30, 2013. Admission to this course is restricted to claims professionals who are members of the CIGA defense teams. The topics and list of presenters are as follows:

INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW
Presenter: Terri J. Harrison,
CIGA Director of Workers' Compensation

LIQUIDATION UPDATE
Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford, Sarvas & Carbonara

PEOs and CIGA
Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford, Sarvas & Carbonara

CIGA ISSUES, EVIDENCE AND APPEALS OVERVIEW
Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford, Sarvas & Carbonara

EFFECTIVE LITATION STRATEGIES FOR NARCOTIC ABUSE
Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford, Sarvas & Carbonara
Presenter: Lynn Keller, CIGA Vendor Service Manager

CE Credit

Attorneys may receive 5 hours of MCLE in Workers' Compensation credit, and Claims Professionals may obtain 6 hours of continuing education credit for taking this course online.

To enroll in this course please call Rene Thomas Folse, 805 907 6467.
This 6 hour course was recorded during the live training in Glendale on November 4, 2011. Admission to this course is restricted to claims professionals who are members of the CIGA defense teams. The topics and list of presenters are as follows:

  1. INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW - CIGA COURT REPORTING SERVICES BY ACCUTEXT - Presenter: Terri J. Harrison, CIGA Director of Workers' Compensation
  2. CYPRESS CARE - SUBSTANCE ABUSE, Presenter: Angie Hefner, Jim Andrews & Scott Phillips, Cypress Care
  3. MSA PROTOCOLS, Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford Steiner Sarvas & Carbonara
  4. MEDICARE SECONDARY PAYOR (MSP) CLAIMS - UPDATE & REFRESHER, Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford Steiner Sarvas & Carbonara
  5. CIGA CASELAW DEVELOPMENT - (PRE JUDGMENT INTEREST/REIMBURSEMENT PROCEEDINGS/ASSIGNEES), Presenter: Richard Guilford, Esq., Guilford Steiner Sarvas & Carbonara
  6. MPN & UR UPDATES/ISSUES & PREPARING CASES FOR UR TRIALS, Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford Steiner Sarvas & Carbonara, Presenter: Barbara Hester, CIGA UR and MPN Program Manager
  7. HOME HEALTH CARE & MEDICAL NECESSITY, Presenter: Frank Carbonara, Esq., Guilford Steiner Sarvas & Carbonara
CE Credit

Attorneys may receive 6 hours of MCLE in Workers' Compensation credit, and Claims Professionals may obtain 6 hours of continuing education credit for taking this course online.

To enroll in this course please call Rene Thomas Folse, 805 907 6467.
This 6 hour course was recorded during the live training in Los Angeles on July 31, 2009. Admission to this course is restricted to claims professionals who are members of the CIGA defense teams. The topics and list of presenters are as follows:
  1. Pharmacy Trends and Clinical Management: Jim Andrews, R.Ph. Senior VP, Operations Cypress Care
  2. Using Clinical Pharmacy Reviews to Mitigate Costs in Workers Compensation: Angie Hefner, Senior Account Executive - Cypress Care: Frank E. Carbonara, Esq., Guilford, Steiner, Sarvas and Carbonara LLP
  3. Case Law Development and Statutory Defenses: Richard Guilford, Esq., Guilford, Steiner, Sarvas and Carbonara LLP
  4. Medicare Secondary Payer Claims: Frank E. Carbonara, Esq., Guilford, Steiner, Sarvas and Carbonara LLP
  5. Medical Provider Network Update - General Litigation Guidelines, Common Legal Issues and Adverse Awards: Barbara Hester, CIGA MPN and UR Manager, Frank E. Carbonara, Esq., Guilford, Steiner, Sarvas and Carbonara LLP
CE Credit

Attorneys may receive 6 hours of MCLE in Workers' Compensation credit, and claims professionals may obtain 6 hours of continuing education credit for taking this course online.

To enroll in this course please call Rene Thomas Folse, 805 907 6467.