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The WSIA Weekly, 7.29.16


WSIA releases scorecard report on Washington Supreme Court
Earlier this morning, WSIA published a new electronic report on the Washington Supreme Court and its treatment of major workers' compensation and safety-related cases over the last six years. As described in this blog post, the purpose of the report is to catalog the important work of the court in issue areas we care about, as well as report on any trends in how the elected justices vote on these issues. Since every two years, one-third of the nine member court is up for election, it is also our hope to use and build upon the report as a tool for evaluating judicial candidates' requests for support from our separate political action committee. Download the new report here and feel free to share with colleagues who are curious about the work of the court.

August Safety Committee meeting to feature webinar on new OSHA requirements
Make plans to log in for an important online meeting of WSIA's Safety Committee, as it holds its next monthly meeting on August 11th at 2:00 p.m. This meeting's agenda will feature a webinar presentation on the many new restrictions and regulations (reporting; challenges to post-accident drug testing; claims suppression; incentive programs; and more) coming from federal OSHA, which will reverberate through Washington's DOSH program. Jeffrey Youmans, OSHA/WISHA attorney in Davis Wright Tremaine's Seattle office, will lead the webinar. WSIA's Safety Committee meetings take place on the GoToMeeting platform on your computer from your office. Use this link to register and receive login information. Please feel free to pass along to colleagues in HR and safety who will be interested in this information.  

Registration to open next week for Fall Conference 
Whether you can make the August safety meeting or not, you'll want to register for our Fall Conference, coming September 23rd in the SeaTac area. The Fall Conference traditionally focuses on safety and injury/disability prevention, along with key claims management updates and perspectives. We'll be featuring a much more in-depth treatment of all of the new safety compliance and penalty issues coming down, and more. Registration is slated to open next week, so please be on the lookout for that e-mail!  

ICYMI: Archive of L&I's EDI webinar now available
In case you missed it, an archived version is now available for the webinar put on July 19th by the Department of Labor & Industries covering the technical requirements for submission to the new medical bill electronic data interchange. The webinar runs approximately one hour, and is particularly targeted in many parts to IT professionals for the medical bill payment, TPA, and other service providers servicing self-insured employers. As a reminder, the EDI system is scheduled to be ready for testing later this year, with voluntary reporting beginning in January and mandatory reporting in July of 2017. The link to the webinar is here; it begins automatically after you input your name and e-mail address.  

Department releases new policy on covering volunteers, effective 8/1
Responding to recent legislative and rulemaking changes related to the coverage of volunteers, in particular, medical-only coverage of student volunteers, the Department of Labor & Industries has released a new administrative policy that goes into effect August 1. You can view the new policy here

Primary election next Tuesday - don't forget to vote!
Next Tuesday is Washington's primary election day for congressional, statewide, and legislative candidates. The primary election narrows the choices down to two candidates for the November general election when there are more than two candidates running. Be sure to make your vote, and drop off or postmark your ballot by Tuesday -- and take a look at our Supreme Court report (above) when considering the Supreme Court race on the ballot.
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