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March 3, 2017
A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the Chairman, 21 Oak Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT.
- Paralegal Training Session
- Pro Se Communications with Paralegal
- Stipulation Review
- Appeals to CRB
- Rulings on Motions to Correct
- Mediations (Cancellation Policy)
- Medicare Setasides
- Appropriations Subcommittee Meeting
- Second Opinion/One Time Evaluations
- Medical Advisory Panel
A regular meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners was held on Friday, March 3, 2017 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 Commissioners Cohen and Dilzer. Also present were Nancy Bonuomo, Madeleine Lemieux, Vincent Flynn, Connie Rue, Terri Miro and Tara Remillard of the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
- Commissioner Goldberg
- Chairman Mastropietro reported that this is Commissioner Goldberg’s final meeting as a Commissioner as he is retiring May 2.
- Length of Time to Schedule First Time Hearings
- Chairman Mastropietro provided Commissioners’ first time hearing scheduling information pertaining to their respective districts. Everyone’s numbers are meeting established goals at this time.
- Paralegal Training
- Chairman Mastropietro reported that the district paralegals had a training session recently. There are four main duties they are to be doing: (1) Being proactive with unrepresented claimants and being the main contact person for them at the district. (2) Stipulation Review – review stipulation language including language for Medicare Set Asides. They are also to flag language that may be questionable and bring them to the Commissioner’s attention prior to the stip approval hearing. If walk-ins are accepted then the paperwork will not have been previously reviewed and must be done that day. (3) Appeals to CRB – they were trained to appropriately prepare files for CRB. (4) Research for Commissioners is up to the individual Commissioner as to how to utilize your paralegal for this topic.
- Chairman Mastropietro discussed the need to revise the cancellation policy for the Commissions mediation program. Discussion ensued and it was decided that a 14 day cancellation requirement would be adequate to reschedule docket time. It was also decided that if the mediations were cancelled under 14 days, that case would not be eligible for the mediation program again.
- Medicare Set-Asides
- Commissioner Barton provided an update as to what the Medicare Set-Aside Committee has been working on. They are wrapping up their proposals and they should be available at the next meeting. Input was requested to be provided to Commissioner Barton as soon as possible.
- Chairman Mastropietro reported that the Seminars of last fall were a success and he is considering holding an additional seminar between Mid-October to Mid-November. Please submit topics for discussion.
- Chairman Mastropietro reviewed bills before the Legislature pertaining to workers’ compensation.
- Appropriations Sub-Committee
- Chairman Mastropietro reported that he will be meeting with the Appropriations Sub-Committee on March 10 to discuss budgetary matters.
- Second Opinions/One Time Evaluations
- Chairman Mastropietro reported that the Committee to review this topic is being formed.
- Medical Advisory Panel
- Chairman Mastropietro discussed two topics from recent Medical Advisory Panel meetings. (1) Opioids – protocols are in the final stages of being revised and (2) Marijuana – protocols are being considered and are being discussed with the Medical Advisory Panel.
- Chairman Mastropietro provided an update about the status of the current budget.
There being no further business, Commissioner Goldberg made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Mlynarczyk seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.