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September 7, 2012

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics

  1. UConn Medical Reports
  2. Drug Dispensing from Doctors’ Offices
  3. Update on Protocols
  4. 2013 Commissioner Meeting Schedule (ballot)
  5. District Assignments
  6. 100th Anniversary
  7. Office of Victim Services Liens (handout)
  8. Update on “actual cost” for hospital reimbursement
  9. Budget
  10. Pension Update

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, September 7, 2012 at the office of the Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Capitol Place, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, Connecticut. The meeting convened at 9:30 a.m. with all Commissioners present. Also present were Marvin Smernoff, Nancy Bonuomo, Madeleine Lemieux, Vincent Flynn, Connie Rue-Yatcko and Tara Remillard of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Before today’s meeting commenced, Chairman Mastropietro welcomed Commissioner Stephen M. Morelli to the Commission.

  1. UConn Medical Reports
    1. The Chairman is monitoring the timely issuance of medical reports by the UConn Medical Center. Elena Albini, the Director of Health Information Management has been very responsive to any inquiries we have had. Information concerning specific instances of delays should be directed to the Chairman’s Office.
  2. Drug Dispensing from Doctors’ Offices
    1. The Chairman reported that the Fee Schedule, effective July 15, 2012, now includes language pertaining to the charges associated with doctors’ offices dispensing drugs. They are to use the Average Wholesale Price, the same as other entities that dispense drugs. Any specific instances of the fee schedule not being followed as it relates to drug dispensing from doctors’ offices should be directed to the Chairman’s Office.
  3. Update on Protocols
    1. The Lumbar/Cervical and Opioid protocols were issued as of July 1. The Shoulder protocols should be published very soon. The Hand/Knee protocols are still being revised. Discussion ensued as to which protocols should be revised next and it was determined - ankle/feet.
  4. 2013 Commissioner Meeting Schedule
    1. The Commissioners were polled as to the frequency of the Commissioners’ Meeting for next year (2013). The Commissioners decided to meet four times a year. The Commissioners were also polled as to topics for Commissioner training seminars. Mediation Skills and Writing Techniques were two topics brought forth at the meeting. The Commissioners were asked to forward other topics of interest to the Chairman’s attention.
  5. District Assignments
    1. The Chairman updated the Commissioners about continuing their current assignments through this time next year, as there are currently seven Commissioners up for re-nomination.
  6. 100th Anniversary
    1. The Chairman gave a brief history of the Commission’s very beginning. The law enacting the Workers’ Compensation System became effective July 1, 2013. A committee has formed with internal staff initially to begin planning an event to celebrate the Commission’s 100th Anniversary. The Commissioners were asked to contact the Chairman’s Office if they were interested in participating on the Committee.
  7. Office of Victim Services Liens
    1. Discussion ensued on the information provided to the Commissioners pertaining to Public Act 12-133 An Act Concerning Court Operations and Victim Services as passed during the last legislative session which becomes effective October 1, 2012.
  8. Update on “actual cost” for hospital reimbursement
    1. The Chairman reported that he has met with the Lieutenant Governor multiple times pertaining to this issue. The Chairman provided to her a report describing the issues with options to address same. Further discussion will be necessary before final decisions are reached.
  9. Budget
    1. The Chairman provided an update pertaining to the budget for the upcoming Session. Also, the Agency must provide a 5% reduction plan by October 1 to the Office of Policy and Management.
  10. Pension Update
    1. Information was provided to the Commissioners with respect to the SEBAC agreement’s effect on the Commissioners regarding pensions.
  11. New Business
    1. Silver Hills Hospital - the Chairman asked the Commissioners whether they have had any involvement with Silver Hills Hospital. He will be meeting with Hospital personnel in the near future. The Chairman is looking for input to be discussed at that meeting. Please forward specifics onto Tara.
    2. Insurance Companies/Protocols - the Chairman asked the Commissioners whether the insurance carriers are adhering to the guidelines established last fall. Discussion ensued. Any specific issues should be directed to the Chairman’s Office.
    3. Commissioner Exams - Commissioner Salerno raised the question of whether the “necessity of surgery” language on the Commissioner Exam check list should be revised or not. Discussion ensued and it was agreed that Commissioner Salerno will draft new wording for review by the Commissioners.
    4. Records Review - Commissioner Schoolcraft raised the question of how much doctors are allowed to charge for records reviews. Discussion ensued. The consensus was that it would depend on how the review was set up and whether it was a Respondents’ Examination or something less than that level of review.

There being no further business, Commissioner Delaney made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Vargas seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

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