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December 5, 2014

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics

  1. Guest Speaker - Accupuncture
  2. Technology Update
  3. Form 36
  4. UConn and Sedgwick
  5. SB 61
  6. Attorney Occupational Tax Return
  7. Mediation Docket
  8. Budget

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, December 5, 2014 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 Cohen. Also present were Nancy Bonuomo, Madeleine Lemieux, Vincent Flynn, Connie Rue and Tara Remillard of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

  1. Guest Speaker
    1. Steve Paine, OMD (Hong Kong), L.Ac. (CT, HI), President of the National Guild of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine spoke to the Commissioners about the use of Acupuncture as part of the course of treatment for injured workers.
  2. Technology Update
    1. Chairman Mastropietro introduced Fred Massa to the Commissioners who gave an update as to the Commission’s technology goals. There are several projects ongoing of interest:
      1. Wi-Fi/hotspot access pilot program is presently being tested in our Bridgeport district office
      2. Enterprise phone system - this project is to move all state agencies into one phone system
      3. Public Access to our system - this is for the public (attorneys) to be able to access what we have on record for a particular claim and to have the ability to print out dockets (working out the HIPPA/privacy regulations)
      4. E-filing - in an effort to go paperless, our current claims system needs to be converted into a newer language. Once the RFP/contract is approved, the conversion process should begin in January and take about a year to complete.
      5. High Speed Circuits - all offices circuits are in the process of being replaced to help speed up our current computer system.
      6. Old CRB Opinions - CRB began in 1980 (pre-computers) and opinions prior to 1994 when the Commission was computerized are not currently on-line. Our web-master is in the process of adding them to our website. He will begin from 1994 and work backwards to 1980. As there are over 1000 decisions to be added, it will take some time to complete.
      7. Home access of computers for Commissioners - Commissioners are to advise Tara if they wish to be able to access the system from home (she will provide this list to Fred). If the lap-top is stolen, it is your responsibility (as it is state property).
  3. Form 36
    1. The Chairman reported on discussions from a recent Claims Committee meeting. If a Form 36 is determined moot at a hearing, please render a decision (approved, denied) or have the filing party withdraw the Form 36.
  4. UConn/Sedgwick
    1. Discussion ensued about continuing issues with the above entities. UConn has developed a task force to deal with the issue of timely reports. Continue to advise the Chairman’s Office if reports are not timely provided. Sedgwick set up an e-mail address to prevent no-show - Commissioner Goldberg had an issue this week with Sedgwick not showing and requested the District Administrator to track it.
  5. SB 61
    1. Chairman Mastropietro reported that the Hospital Fee Schedule is about 95% completed. The Chairman praised the efforts of Marilou Lang and Nancy Bonuomo, as well as Peter Miecznikowski and Heping Li, in the development of this document. The Chairman expects to meet the January 1 roll-out date.
  6. Attorney Occupation Tax Return
    1. The Chairman reminds the Commissioners that this return is due January 15 and that is now filed on-line through the Department of Revenue Services website.
  7. Mediation Dockets
    1. The Chairman has asked the Commissioners to consider if the Agency should pursue Mediation Dockets similar to the Superior Court. The Commissioners are to let Tara know (a) if they think the idea is worth pursing and (b) if they are interested in being a Mediator.
  8. Connecticut State Medical Society Meet and Greet
    1. Chairman Mastropietro reminds the Commissioners that the meet and greet with the Connecticut State Medical Society is December 17 at their offices in North Haven. If you have anything that you would like to have discussed during this event, please contact Tara by December 10.
  9. Length of Time to Schedule First Hearings
    1. Chairman Mastropietro reported that the Length of Time to Schedule First Hearings numbers are excellent. The average for the Agency is 20.42 days.
  10. Reappointments
    1. Chairman Mastropietro noted that the two Commissioners (Commissioner Barton and Chairman Mastropietro) will be meeting with the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board on Monday concerning reappointment as both Commissioners terms expire next year.
  11. Neurologists
    1. Discussion ensued pertaining to a question posed by Commissioner Engel concerning issues with Neurologists performing Commissioners’ Examinations for amounts in excess of the fee schedule. The Commissioners decide this on a case by case basis (especially the complexity of the case or if the case had been denied) and determine the appropriate fee.
  12. Functional Capacity Examinations
    1. Discussion ensued concerning a question posed by Commissioner Mullins as to a not a Respondents’ Functional Capacity Examination requested as a respondent would use an RME. It was decided that these could be done on a case by case basis keeping in mind the nature of the examination and the physical toll it could take on the injured worker.
  13. Budget
    1. The Chairman provided an update pertaining to the budget for this fiscal year.

There being no further business, Commissioner Delaney made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Mlynarczyk seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 11:22 a.m.

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