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The WSIA Weekly, 1.13.17

Great Winter West Conference wraps up, Winter East up next
Nearly one hundred of our friends and colleagues descended upon the Inn at Gig Harbor yesterday for our daylong Winter West Conference -- Claims Management 360° -- examining a number of complex workers' comp and human resource issues with the involvement of experts from multiple disciplines. For our members east of the mountains, we bring the same program to you on January 26th at the Historic Davenport in downtown Spokane. There's still room left to attend; click here to register

One week in, Washington legislative session relatively quiet so far
Today concludes the first week of Washington's 2017 legislative session. We anticipate the action to heat up in the next couple weeks with bill introductions and hearings scheduled on workers' compensation and workplace safety issues. Want to know what major issues are in play, and how they fit into the big picture? Take a look at today's blog post giving a preview/forecast of the session. 

Department issues urgent memo to employers/vendors on EDI sign-up
In the last few newsletter's we've been commenting on the need for self-insured employers and relevant third-party vendors to register with the Department by February 1 to test and ultimately comply with the medical bill data submission requirements of the new Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). To date, less than half of self-insured employers have registered. This morning, the Department issued a further communication, "Time is Running Out for Registration and Testing for the New Electronic Data Interchange," explaining the requirements and next steps. If you missed it on the listserv, here's a copy for your review

Regional meetings next week - RSVP now to attend
We have two regional meetings on the events calendar next week - one in Vancouver and one in Spokane - both featuring a presentation by veteran physical therapist Joseph Noel on understanding the treatment of shoulder conditions in workers' comp. The Vancouver meeting is January 17th from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at ESD 112. The Spokane meeting is January 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at ESD 101, and includes a hosted lunch. Regional meetings are complimentary for WSIA members, and a great chance to earn some continuing ed credits and network with colleagues in the area. Click here to RSVP for Vancouver and here for Spokane.

Have you installed the free WA HSEQ app yet? 
WA HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment, Quality) is a free smartphone app for all Washington employers to report safety-related observations, near miss and accidents on the work site and to be able to email accompanying reports with enhanced pictures within about two minutes. The app was funded by a Department of Labor & Industries Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant written by John Shervey, who serves on the WSIA Board and chairs our Safety Committee. A WA HSEQ YouTube video is available to explain the app, and it can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhone here or Google Play store for Android here. Questions can be directed to John by dropping him a line.

Everett Clinic-Group Health COHE conference coming in February  
On the morning of February 23rd, our friends at the Everett Clinic and Group Health COHEs are presenting an educational conference, "Keeping a Productive Workplace - Injury and Disability Prevention Toolbox" featuring presentations for management and labor representatives on disability prevention. The event takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on February 23rd, and is located at the Everett Clinic. Registration is complimentary; download the registration sheet here.  

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