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March 6, 2015

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics:

  1. Silver Hills Hospital (presentation)
  2. Guaranty Fund
  3. Action on moratorium agreements
  4. Receiving of mail/proof of receipt
  5. Federal Rate for VA bills
  6. UConn Medical Reports Protocol (handout)
  7. State’s WC Administrator
  8. Commissioners Notes
  9. Spine Protocols (have they been effective and/or changed anything? (inquiry from Dr. Druckemiller))
  10. Budget

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, March 6, 2015 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 Madeleine Lemieux, Connie Rue, Vincent Flynn and Tara Remillard of the Workers’ Compensation Commission; Bruce Singer, Psy.D., Sigurd Ackerman, M.D., Seddon Savage, M.D., M.S. and Rachel Hudson, LCSW of Silver Hills Hospital were present.

  1. Silver Hills Hospital
    1. Doctors Singer, Ackerman and Savage from Silver Hills Hospital spoke to the Commissioners regarding the services that their facility provides.
  2. Guaranty Fund
    1. Discussion ensued pertaining to Motions to Dismiss filed by the Guaranty Fund. The Commissioners decided to stay any requests pending action by the Appellate Court in the Graham v. Olson Wood matter.
  3. Action on moratorium agreements
    1. Discussion was held concerning moratorium agreements being submitted to the district offices for approval by a Commissioner. The Commissioners decided that if these documents are at the agreement of the parties, they may be approved by the Commissioner.
  4. Receiving of mail/proof of receipt
    1. Discussion ensued pertaining to how the Commission currently receives mail (i.e. certified mail, regular mail, facsimile, FedEx/UPS, etc.) The Commissioners decided that a technical revision to the statute (§ 31-321) would be in order “to keep up with technology”.
  5. Federal Rate/VA bills
    1. This topic has been tabled until the next meeting.
  6. UConn Medical Reports Protocol
    1. The Commissioners were provided instructions recently adopted at UConn to ensure timely issuance of medical reports.
  7. State’s Workers’ Compensation Administrator
    1. Douglas Rinaldi, Workers’ Compensation Administrator for the Department of Administrative Services, has moved onto another position outside of state service. At this time, there is an interim Administrator.
  8. Commissioners’ Notes
    1. Discussion ensued pertaining to Commissioners’ Notes. The Commissioners were advised that the notes may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.
  9. Length of Time to Schedule First Hearings
    1. The Chairman provided an update pertaining to the Length of Time to Schedule First Hearings and all Districts average less than 28 days with the Commission average being 20.16 days.
  10. Spine Protocols
    1. Discussion ensued about the Spine Protocols. An inquiry had been made to the Chairman regarding their effectiveness and if anything needed to be changed. It was decided that the protocols are working and they have accomplished what they designed to do.
  11. Budget
    1. The Chairman provided an update pertaining to the budget for this fiscal year.

There being no further business, Commissioner Mlynarczyk made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Delaney seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

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