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IL: Emergency Rules Filed on Implants, ASTCs

Chicago , IL (CompNewsNetwork) - On July 6, 2010, emergency rules took effect that change the reimbursement method for implants and add accredited Ambulatory Surgical Care Facilities (ASCFs) to the ASTC fee schedule. The Commission filed the emergency rules with the Illinois Secretary of State for publication...

NC: Industrial Commission Clarifies Role of Interpreters, Says Summaries, Commentary Inappropriate

RALEIGH, NC - The North Carolina Industrial Commission has issued a policy statement concerning the rule of interpreters in the workers' compensation system., pointing out that it is inappropriate for interpreters and translators to write observational summary reports that include conversations between...

WA: Secretary of State Certifies Privatization Measure for Nov. 2 Ballot

OLYMPIA, WA - The Bellingham Herald reports that the Secretary of State has certified Initiative 1082 for the November 2 ballot, and the Building Industry Association of Washinton's proposal to privatize workers' compensation insurance in the state will now be decided by the voters.

FL: DWC Develops Web-Based Benefit Calculators

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida Division of Workers' Compensation has issued an email alert, stating in pertinent part: "The Division of Workers' Compensation has developed several web-based benefit calculators. The calculators can be used by anyone, but are specifically designed to assist...

FL: DWC to Offer Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Workers' Comp Compliance Seminars

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Division of Workers' Compensation, Bureau of Compliance, is offering Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Workers' Compensation Compliance Seminars in the Florida panhandle. Topics to be addressed will include Florida workers' compensation coverage requirements, independent contractors...

MN: DLI System Report Shows Claim Rate Fell, Benefits Increased Substantially

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report, 2008, was released in July 2010 and presents data for 1997 through 2008 about several aspects of Minnesota’s workers’ compensation system — claims, benefits and costs; vocational rehabilitation; and disputes and dispute...

WA: L&I Posts Regulatory Agenda for 7/1 - 12/31/2010

OLYMPIA, WA - The Department of Labor and Industries has posted its Semi-Annual Rules Development Agenda for July 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010, which includes several proposed changes for workers' compensation. Read the rules agenda Source: Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industrie...

OR: DCBS Posts 2009 Claim Costs Tables

SALEM, OR - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced that the 2009 Claim Costs tables are now available online. According to the Department: "Claim costs tables provide average cost and temporary disability days for accepted disabling claims by resolution year (year of...

CA: DWC Accepting Applications for QME Examination

OAKLAND, CA - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is now accepting applications for the qualified medical evaluator (QME) examination. The deadline for filing applications is Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The examination will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. QME’s are independent physicians...

CA: DWC Files Amendment to Ambulance Fee Schedule

OAKLAND, CA - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has adopted and filed an amendment to the air ambulance service fees section in the official medical fee schedule (OMFS) with the Secretary of State. The amended regulation exempts “air carriers,” as defined in the federal Airline...

TX: State Auditors Report DWC's Massive Case Backlog, Missing Files, Disorganization in Chain of Command

AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Tribune reports that state auditors released a report on Thursday that uncovered disorganization in chains of command, incomplete or missing files, and a massive backlog of cases.

NY: Health Provider Notices Now Available As Printable Electronic Files

New York , NY (CompNewsNetwork) - Parties of interest in workers' compensation cases may download a printable electronic file for notices and other Board correspondence instead of receiving such notices by mail. This practice reduces Board costs (and corresponding employer assessments) and is more...

NY: WCB Introduces Revised Form for Access to Files

ALBANY , NY - The Board is introducing a revised form (OC-110AORD) to request access to individual workers' compensation claim information when one is not a party of interest. The form can be submitted electronically, by mail, or in person. Read more Source: New York State Workers’ Compensation...

OR: DCBS Posts Characteristics of Workers' Comp System CY 1968-2009

SALEM, OR - The Oregon Dept. of Consumer and Business Services has made the following announcement: This one page table provides various characteristics of the workers’ compensation system from 1968 to 2009, including: registered employers, subject employees, total accepted claims, accepted...

OR: WCD Proposes Rules on Preferred Worker Program, Vocational Assistance, Electronic Data Interchange

SALEM, OR - The O regon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Workers' Compensation Division, has announced p roposed workers’ compensation rules affecting the preferred worker program, vocational assistance, and electronic data interchange: 436-110, Preferred Worker Program 436...

FL: DWC Bureau of Compliance Announces Quarterly Newsletter

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida Division of Workers' Compensation, Bureau of Compliance, has published its inaugural Quarterly Newsletter. This Newsletter provides the Bureau with an opportunity to share its activities, new initiatives, administrative rule changes and updates as well as general information...

President Obama Announces POWER Initiative to Prevent Injuries of Federal Civilian Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama issued the following memorandum on July 19, 2010: TO: THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: The Presidential POWER Initiative: Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment Each year Federal civilian employees are injured or fall ill on...

NM: Governor Richardson Acts on Health Care Reform Strategic Plan and Recommendations

SANTA FE, NM - Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., issued the following news release: Governor Bill Richardson today announced the state is moving forward on several initial recommendations from the New Mexico Health Care Reform Leadership Team's Strategic Plan. Governor Richardson appointed the leadership...

MD: WCC Posts Cost of Living Adjustment for CY 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland WCC has posted the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Calendar Year 2011: The cost of living adjustment that will become effective on January 1, 2011 is - 0.4% . See MD Compensation Rates for more information Source: Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission

MO: DWC Plans to Modernize Business Processes, Automated System

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation posted the following announcement: The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) is undertaking an ambitious project to modernize its business processes and automated system. In April 2009, DWC completed a business analysis...

CA: DWC Makes Changes to Select EAMS Forms

OAKLAND , CA - The Division of Workers’ Compensation has made changes to several of its forms that filers use in the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS). The new forms will be posted on DWC’s EAMS Web site on August 2. The changes include the following: The declaration...

NY: WCB Says Forcing Claimants to Pick Up Checks Violates the Law

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Workers' Compensation Board issued a Full Board Memorandum of Decision in which it concluded that a self-insured employer's policy of making a claimant pick up her compensation checks at the place of employment violates N.Y. Workers' Compensation Law §...

CA: DWC Medical Unit Clears Qualified Medical Evaluator Panel Request Backlog

OAKLAND, CA - The Division of Workers' Compensation Medical Unit has successfully cleared the qualified medical evaluator (QME) panel request backlog by processing 31,622 over a two month period of time between April and June, 2010. The unit announced that during the two month period they processed...

CA: DWC Announces Physician Fee Schedule Stakeholder Meeting

OAKLAND, CA - The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has scheduled a stakeholder meeting to discuss the issues related to drafting regulations regarding the physician fee schedule. The meeting will be held: Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Place: Elihu...

CA: DWC Moving Toward Mandatory E-Filing for Attorneys

***THIS POST WAS REVISED 9/15/2010*** OAKLAND, CA - Last month DWC celebrated two successful years using the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) as the court’s system of record. DWC is now poised to take the next logical step in trial procedures and practices by wrapping professional...