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The WSIA Weekly, 1.29.16

Excitement building for WSIA’s Spring Conference March 17th
Earlier this week, we opened registration for our Spring Conference -- “The Doctor is In” – taking place on March 17th in Bellevue, Washington. We’ve already filled our exhibitor booths and attendee slots are being reserved. The agenda focuses on the medical and health care side of workers’ comp claims management, and we have a great list of industry speakers lined up. Check out details and registration at this link, and we hope to see you on St. Patrick’s Day in Bellevue!         

Self-Insurance authority bill introduced, heard in Legislature
Earlier this week, Senate Bill 6602, sponsored by Sen. John Braun, R-Chehalis, was introduced and given a public hearing in the state Senate. The proposal, following the much-discussed performance audit of Labor & Industries last year, would grant self-insured employers the authority to issue their own allowance, interlocutory, and denial orders. While a modest first step toward fuller claims authority, the proposal is promising. It is set to be voted out of the Senate committee next week.

IME task force proposed in Legislature
Also this week, Senator Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, introduced a bill proposing to create a joint legislative task force to study various issues in the State Fund and self-insurance regarding the use of Independent Medical Examinations. SB 6597 follows on a work session earlier in the legislative session on IME use among self-insured employers, which in turn followed comments in the 2015 report of the Self-Insurance Ombuds on concerns raised by workers about IMEs. It is unclear if SB 6597 will go very far, but the issue is unlikely to go away.

We provide a weekly up-to-date legislative information service on multiple channels during Washington’s legislative session on workers’ comp and workplace safety issues. Check here for our ongoing reports, or let Kris Tefft know if you’d like to receive full reports regularly.

2015 Year in Review free webinar filling up fast
We’re down to just about 25 log in slots available for John Klor’s complimentary 2015 Year in Review webinar on February 23rd at 10:00 a.m. We’re capped at 100 log ins, so if you’re interested in this free training on the legal and regulatory highlights from the prior year, reserve your space today

New website spotlight:

Still celebrating the launch of our new website earlier this month, we want to take the next few weeks in the newsletter to spotlight new or improved areas that members might not know about.

Webinar Archive

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