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May 14, 2012

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board was held on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics

  1. Opening Remarks
  2. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. New Business
  5. Adjournment

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board was held on May 14, 2012 in the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s CRB Hearing Room, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, Connecticut.

The meeting convened at 10:10 a.m. with the following Board Members present: Chairman Gardner Wright, John Adamson, Rocco Calo, Theodore Duarte, Daniel Krause, Gregory Nokes, and Linda Passanisi. Also present from the Workers’ Compensation Commission were Chairman John Mastropietro and Marvin Smernoff.

  1. Opening Remarks
    1. Chairman Gardner Wright welcomed the group.
  2. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
    1. Budget
      1. Chairman Mastropietro announced that the final budget passed by the General Assembly on May 9, 2012 provides for the agency to remain intact and independent; and retains the Middletown District Office.
    2. Prescription Dispensing by Physicians
      1. Chairman Mastropietro discussed the subject of pharmaceuticals dispensed through physician’s offices. He met with various stakeholders, and plans to meet with Governor’s Legal Counsel Andrew McDonald and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman to discuss possible solutions. The 2012 WCC Fee Schedule will not prevent doctors from dispensing pharmaceuticals at their office, but it will limit the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) so the cost associated with a drug will not be excessively expensive.
    3. Hospitals - Actual Cost White Paper
      1. Continuing the previous month’s discussion of the problems still occurring under C.G.S. Sec. 31-294d(d) which regulates that the employers’ liabilities for hospital services are limited to the “actual costs”, Chairman Mastropietro informed the Board that a white paper is being developing. This will include a history, explanation and proposed solutions to resolve the problems with “actual costs” being charged by hospitals and surgical clinics. The document will be presented to the Board at the next meeting for their review and input. Following the Board’s review, the final proposal will be presented to Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman for consideration.
    4. Modernization of Agency
      1. Chairman Mastropietro discussed the agency’s needs to become more efficient via technological modernization. He asked the Board for stronger support in advancing the agency’s long-term efficiencies necessary such as sufficient IT staff to develop new technologies, i.e., capabilities for paperless filings, and video conferencing. He announced that the majority of hearing notices are now delivered electronically; and that two immediate goals include holding hearings via videoconference and enabling claimants to file claim forms electronically.
    5. Information Technology Vacancy
      1. Chairman Mastropietro discussed the agency’s efforts to establish and fill a new position in the IT department to replace two consultants whose positions will no longer be funded on July 1, 2012. He provided an overview of the agency’s attempts to hire an employee to replace these consultants whose expertise in PowerBuilder has maintained the agency’s Workers’ Compensation System (WCS) claims management program since 2000. Further information will be provided to the Advisory Board members at the next meeting.
    6. Upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Workers’ Compensation Commission
      1. Chairman Mastropietro announced that the year 2013 will be the 100th anniversary (law enacted July 1, 1913) of the origin of the Workers’ Compensation Commission in the state of Connecticut. He suggested consideration of future initiatives to meet the needs of the agency as it progresses into the next one hundred years.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    1. A motion to approve the April 2, 2012 minutes was made by John Adamson and seconded by Daniel Krause. The motion passed unanimously.
  4. Adjournment
    1. A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by John Adamson and seconded by Greg Nokes. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
  5. Next Meeting
    1. The next regular meeting will be held on June 25, 2012.

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