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March 1, 2013
A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.
- Folios Directory (handout)
- 100th Anniversary
- Penalties - §§ 31-278 and 31-298
- Hospital Costs/NCCI Data
A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, March 1, 2013 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, Connie Rue and Tara Remillard of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
- Discussion ensued about outstanding liens listed on the Commissioners’ Notes Sheet. The attorneys involved in the case are required to verify the amounts of any outstanding liens before a case is settled. Therefore, it was decided that the existence of a lien, without a specific amount, will continue to be listed on the Commissioners’ Notes Sheet.
- Folios Directory
- Discussion ensued about the costs associated with obtaining a physical copy of a Folios Directory versus obtaining information on-line. On-line information is up to date and immediate. It was decided that the electronic version of the Folios Directory should be made available to all of the offices rather than a printed copy.
- 100th Anniversary
- The Symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Workers’ Compensation Commission will be held on October 3, 2013. All Commissioners are expected to participate in some capacity and therefore, are requested to not take time off for that date. A current group photo will be taken at the June or September meeting. A reminder will be sent.
- Penalties §§ 31-278 and 31-298
- Discussion ensued regarding penalties levied against attorneys. Many options were discussed as how to proceed. There is a small percentage of attorneys that do not comply. It was agreed that a change in legislation may be necessary. The Chairman will seek the advice of the Legal Advisory Panel.
- The seven commissioners up for reappointment have successfully been through the Judiciary Committee. Their vote should be before the full Legislature on March 6. Discussion ensued regarding a number of bills that could impact the Commission. The Chairman noted that there are three hot topics: (1) mental/mental; (2) special legislation regarding the December 14 Newtown incident and (3) gun control. There is no way to gauge how the various bills will play out at this point.
- Hospital costs/NCCI Data
- The appeal of the recent Workers’ Compensation Commission decision regarding hospital costs will be heard at the April session of the Compensation Review Board.
- The Chairman participated in a conference call where NCCI presented their Medical Data Report. This report shows how Connecticut ranks with the region and the country. Connecticut appears to be consistent with the rest of the country. This is the first time NCCI has prepared this type of data and they are still working out some kinks. Information will be shared in the near future.
- Time Magazine had an article regarding medical costs recently. It is recommended to you for reading when time permits.
- Discussion ensued regarding this year’s budget proposal and its potential impact on the Agency.
There being no further business, Commissioner Delaney made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session. Commissioner Goldberg seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned to Executive Session at 10:52 a.m.