The WSIA Weekly, 2.19.16

Major legislative deadline this week; not much left standing
Wednesday marked an important deadline in the state legislative session whereby bills under consideration had to receive a vote and pass out of their chamber or origin (House or Senate) in order to remain eligible for further consideration by the other chamber. Among the issues WSIA is tracking, the firefighters’ union scored big this week with House passage of HB 2805 and 2806, respectively mandating hazardous exposure reporting for firefighters and expanding the presumption of occupational disease for firefighters. WSIA has opposed both bills, and both face an uphill climb in the Senate. Few employer-backed bills cleared the deadline, although SB 6321, streamlining the independent contractor versus covered employer issue in the construction industry, passed the Senate.  For a complete run-down, check our weekly legislative update (member login req’d).         

Spotlight on Spring Conference: Utilization Review
Interested in learning more about the who, why, what, and whether of utilization review from WSIA’s preferred UR partner? Curious why the Department of Labor & Industries’ Medical Director strongly encourages utilization review for consistency with the Department’s treatment guidelines and coverage decisions? Our Spring Conference on March 17th in Bellevue will feature a panel from Qualis Health, to explain UR in general, and answer questions about its use by self-insured employers. The panel will round out a full day of networking and education focused on the medical side of claims management. Check out the agenda and registration page here – we would love to see you in Bellevue next month!

WSIA offices moving next week; please note our new address
After nearly 20 years in our current office, the WSIA office is moving to a new location in downtown Olympia with a new address: 828 7th Avenue Southeast, Olympia, Washington, 98501. We’re very excited for what this new space will mean to our members and the organization, as we move closer to the capital and pick up space for future trainings and meetings. We’re likely to have some brief down time from phone and e-mail next Thursday and Friday as we get our network and telecommunications established in the new office, so we thank you in advance for your patience in reaching us.

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