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June 7, 2013

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics

  1. Medical Provider Liens
  2. Dr. Patrick Senatice/Neurosurgeon
  3. Client Security Fund
  4. 100th Anniversary
  5. Issuing Fines
  6. Vacation Requests
  7. Narcotic/Opioid Protocols
  8. Budget
  9. SB 829 “An Act Concerning the Unauthorized Practice of Law”
  10. Legislation/Hospital Litigation
  11. Chairman’s Update

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, June 7, 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 except Commissioner Salerno. Also present were Marvin Smernoff, Nancy Bonuomo, Madeleine Lemieux, Vincent Flynn, Connie Rue and Tara Remillard of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

As the meeting began, it was brought to the Commissioners attention that Attorney Joseph Trotta has passed away recently.

  1. Medical Provider Liens
    1. Discussion ensued about handling of medical provider liens especially in instances of contested cases. It was decided that the liens will continue to be handled in the current fashion.
  2. Dr. Patrick Senatus, Neurosurgeon
    1. Commissioner Vargas reported that the doctor is now located in Manchester. Dr. Senatus is known for stimulation of spine for its related disorders.
  3. Client Security Fund
    1. Commissioners should have received their notices in the mail with a due date of June 15.
  4. 100th Anniversary
    1. The planning of the Symposium is approximately 90% complete. Some of you may have been contacted or will be contacted in the near future regarding moderating or being a panelist on that date. Also, the Committee is looking for vendors to set up booths. If you know of any, please refer these entities to the sub-committee chair, Diane Duhamel.
  5. Issuing Fines
    1. Discussion ensued. A reminder to use the appropriate procedures when issuing fines. The Flamenco case is ruling.
  6. Vacation Requests
    1. The Chairman reminds the Commissioners to please coordinate their vacation time with the other Commissioner in their districts to prevent coverage issues and to submit their requests as soon as possible.
  7. Narcotic/Opioid Protocols
    1. The Narcotic/Opioid Protocols have been issued. They are accessible through the Commission’s web-site.
  8. Budget/Legislation
    1. An update was provided concerning several bills that had an effect on the Commission: SB 823 (Mental/Mental) did not pass as there were many concerns over the language of the bill. SB 907 (36) did not pass due to the financial aspect to the public sector. The final bill - hospital reimbursement - which would have the biggest impact on the Agency - did not pass. An update was also provided concerning the budget. The Middletown Office remains open. A special thank you to Connie Rue who spent innumerable hours and energy pouring over the budget and tracking legislation.
  9. SB 829 “An Act Concerning Unauthorized Practice of Law”
    1. Discussion ensued. This bill has passed and there are instances where this would affect Stamford (New York attorneys) and Norwich (Rhode Island and Massachusetts attorneys).
  10. Chairman’s update
    1. Discussion ensued. (1) Commissioner Reassignments will be effective January 1. (2) Statistically, overall, the Agency is doing very well with scheduling first hearings (21.46 days). No districts were over 28 days in May. Everyone is to be commended. Over the last six months, there is only one district that went over 28 days twice. (Justifiable reasons.)

There being no further business, Commissioner Delaney made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Vargas seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned to Executive Session at 11:09 a.m.

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