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October 16, 2017

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board was held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics

  1. Opening Remarks
  2. Public Hearing for 2018 Legislative Reappointments:
    1. 10:15 a.m. – Commissioner Randy Cohen
    2. 10:30 a.m. – Commissioner Jodi Murray Gregg
    3. 10:45 a.m. – Commissioner Stephen Morelli
  3. Executive Session
  4. Formal Vote
  5. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
  6. Approval of Minutes
  7. New Business
  8. Adjournment

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board was held on October 16, 2017 in the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s CRB Hearing Room, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, Connecticut. The meeting convened at 10:20 a.m. with the following Board Members present: Chairman Michael Riley, presiding; John Adamson, Rocco Calo and Michael Dimenstein. Also present from the Workers’ Compensation Commission were Commissioners Randy Cohen, Jodi Murray Gregg and Stephen Morelli, as well as Chairman John Mastropietro.

  1. Public Hearings for Renominations of Commissioners
    1. Chairman Riley opened the meeting with an explanation of the renomination hearing process; then proceeded to the interviews. The public hearing began at 10:25 a.m. on the renominations of Commissioners Cohen, Gregg and Morelli. Each Commissioner provided introductory statements and responded to questions from the Board. Executive Session was waived. As there was not a quorum present, the voting on the commissioner renominations will take place at the November meeting for all six commissioners that are requesting renomination.
  2. Chairman Mastropietro’s Update
    1. Chairman Mastropietro provided information on statistics for first-time hearings, workers’ compensation insurance cost decreases, and the NCCI Analysis of Changes to the Connecticut Hospital Fee Schedules. Chairman Mastropietro advised the board that hearing requests can come in at any time, and are not necessarily related to the date of injury or receipt of claim. Hearings are only requested if there is a dispute between the parties.
    2. Insurance premiums are going down; in part, due to the medical protocols that are in place. Other states have been issuing similar protocols to Connecticut.
    3. The Commission is experiencing staff shortages. Chairman Mastropietro is working on these issues in collaboration with the Department of Administrative Services and the Office of Policy and Management.
    4. We are waiting for a State budget, which will give us information that is needed to proceed with resolving the staffing issues.
    5. Chairman Mike Riley inquired about the quarterly reports that the Advisory Board used to receive from the Fraud Unit pursuant to CGS Sec. 31-290d. Chairman Mastropietro stated that we have not been receiving the reports and that he would make a call to inquire as to the status and reinstatement of the reporting process.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    1. The vote for the approval of the September minutes will take place in November.
  4. Adjournment
    1. Rocco Calo made a motion to adjourn the meeting. John Adamson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.
  5. Next Meeting
    1. The next meeting will be held on November 13, 2017.

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