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September 11, 2015

A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.

Agenda Topics:

  1. 2016 Commissioners’ Meeting Schedule
  2. Length of Time to Schedule First Hearing
  3. Roles of Physician’s Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  4. Mediation Program
  5. WCS Conversion Project
  6. Requests for Time Off
  7. Hospital Reimbursement Disputes
  8. Special Session 2015/Medical Care Plans
  9. Holiday Luncheon December 4 (tenatitive item)
  10. Medical Advisory Panel update
  11. Budget

Minutes

A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, September 11, 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 except Commissioner Schoolcraft, Commissioner Senich, Commissioner Engel. Also present were Nancy Bonuomo, Madeleine Lemieux, Vincent Flynn, and Tara Remillard of the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Louise DiCocco of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association was also present.

A moment of silence was observed in the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

  1. 2016 Commissioners’ Meeting Schedule
    1. The Commissioners were polled as to their preference of frequency of Commissioners’ Meetings for next year (2016). The Commissioners decided to meet four times a year.
  2. Length of Time to Schedule First Hearings
    1. The Chairman provided data concerning the overall average for the Commissioner to hear first time hearings (21.08 days). All districts are well below the 28 day threshold.
  3. Roles of Physician’s Assistants and Advance Practice Registered Nurses
    1. Discussion ensued in continuation from the June meeting. It was decided that the Commissioners will take a wait and see approach pertaining to the greater role of APRNs take in the system.
  4. Mediation Program
    1. Discussion ensued. Several cases have been scheduled and there are several awaiting dates. There are no apparent problems with the current procedures. Adjustments will be made if issues arise.
  5. WCS Conversion Program
    1. The Chairman reported to the Commissioners that the conversion of the Workers’ Comp System has begun. It is a multiphase operation and will take a considerable amount of time for the designated staff to develop their test plans and to conduct their tests during stages over the next 13 month period.
  6. Requests for time off
    1. The Chairman reminded the Commissioners about the amount of lead time required for requesting time off and to also coordinate their requests with their Co-Commissioner. The Chairman reminded the Commissioners that the holidays are coming up quickly and to be sure to make their requests as soon as possible.
  7. Hospital Reimbursement Disputes
    1. Chairman Mastropietro reported that several of the entities with a larger amount of cases remaining are narrowing their issues and are either ready to settle or attempt mediation.
  8. Special Session 2015/Medical Care Plans
    1. Discussion ensued pertaining the language passed during the Special Session pertaining to Medical Care Plans with respect to employers being required to provide injured workers with copies of their provider list. Discussion included how are the employers required to do so. Which format are they required to do so (hard copy or in an electronic format)? What is the remedy for non-compliance as the statute is silent on same? The Commissioners will deal with this requirement on a case by case basis.
  9. Holiday Luncheon (December 4)
    1. The Commissioners decided that they would like to have a holiday gathering this year in December and Commissioner Walker will plan it.
  10. Medical Advisory Panel update
    1. Chairman Mastropietro reported that many of the protocols have been revised by members of the Medical Advisory Panel. The Commissioners’ were reminded that their input was an integral part of the process. As such, the Commissioners’ were asked to advise of any items for discussion at future Panel meetings.
  11. Budget
    1. Chairman Mastropietro reported that after the budget was passed, each agency received a request from OPM for a budgetary reduction of 5%. The Agency’s plan will be submitted accordingly when completed.
  12. Orthopedic Associates of Middletown
    1. Chairman Mastropietro shared a letter from Orthopedic Associates of Middletown indicating their interest in performing Commissioners’ Examinations.

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 11:00 a.m.

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