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April 13, 2015

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board was held on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 10:05 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
    1. Pending Legislation
    2. Budget
    3. WCC Commissioner Renominations (Mastropietro & Barton)
    4. WCC Advisory Board Renominations (Mike Dimenstein, John Adamson & VACANCY replacing Dan Krause)
  3. Approval of Minutes (12-4-14 and 3-9-15)
  4. New Business
  5. Adjournment

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board was held on April 13, 2015 in the CRB Hearing Room at the Chairman’s Office, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, CT. The meeting convened at 10:05 a.m. with the following Board Members present: John Adamson, Rocco Calo, Michael Dimenstein, Ross Hollander, and Gregory Nokes. Also attending were Chairman John Mastropietro and Connie Rue of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

  1. Opening Remarks
    1. Chairman John Mastropietro welcomed the group.
  2. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
    1. Pending Legislation. Several workers’ compensation bills are continuing through the committee process; most of them carry large fiscal notes, thus may be non-starters. Topics include coverage for mental-emotional impairment/PTSD, rebuttable presumption to firefighters for several additional diseases; and coverage for home health care aides/domestic workers.
    2. Budget. Current budget needs are being met. Chairman discussed ideas to redesign the agency’s management structure across the areas of self-insurance, managed care, fee schedules and physician networks. He will report a more definitive plan as it develops.
    3. WCC Advisory Board Renominations. Public hearings for the renominations of John Adamson and Michael Dimenstein were held before the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee on April 2, 2015; both passed unanimously. Their resolutions are awaiting action by the House and Senate. One vacancy still remains to replace Daniel Krause.
    4. Commissioner Reappointments. Commissioners Scott Barton and John Mastropietro continue to await renomination by Governor Malloy.
    5. Hospital/ASC Fee Schedule Update. The new fee schedule took effect on April 1, 2015. Some payors are refusing to pay bills for dates of service prior to April 1, 2015. At this time, the Commission is researching the issue to determine how to proceed.
    6. Mediation Practices. Chairman discussed developing an in-house mediation program with the current Commissioners. Discussion ensued. The Board agreed the Commission should proceed.
    7. Advisory Board Chairman. The Board discussed the current vacancy.
  3. Adjournment
    1. A motion to adjourn was made by Michael Dimenstein and seconded by Gregory Nokes. The motion was unanimously approved. The meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.
  4. Next Meeting
    1. The next meeting will be held on May 11, 2015.

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