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The WSIA Weekly, 1.15.16

WSIA launches new website redesign!
Earlier this week, WSIA announced the launch of a new website design, to help provide an easier to navigate and refreshed asset for communicating and engaging with our members and the public. The new site contains numerous new enhancements and information resources, an online searchable membership directory, and streamlined event registration and member profile management. To take advantage of all the features of the new site, you'll want to claim your member ID and reset your password so you can log in. Instructions were e-mailed to the membership yesterday. If you missed the e-mail or need help with this, let us know at the office. And let us know what you think!  

Winter West underway today; Winter East up next Thursday in Spokane, registration still available
We are sending today's edition of the WSIA Weekly from the Great Wolf Lodge Conference Center in Grand Mound, while our Winter West Conference is in full swing. Ninety WSIA members and friends have gathered for a day of networking and learning and visiting with exhibitors like OMAC, MCN, Digistream, McDonald & Associates, Examworks, and MedPlus Health Solutions.

The last few days of registration are still open for Winter East, next Thursday January 21st at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. Click here to check out & register for Winter East on the new website.

Legislative Session underway - bills introduced already
Today ends week one of Washington's 60-day legislative session. As part of our advocacy mission, WSIA continues to take a leadership role on workers' compensation and workplace safety issues at the statehouse, in collaboration and coalition with our many employer community partners. We presented at a work session on Monday responding to the recent performance audit of claims management systems, and are tracking new bills introduced this week that would remove the social security offset from certain claims, cap time loss at 60 months or at medical fixity, or require adjudication of self-insured closure requests within 90 days. These latter bills are up for public hearing next week in the House Labor & Workplace Standards committee. 

Legislative hearing next week on self-insurance IMEs
Also as part of the ramp-up on workers' compensation issues in the Legislature, the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee is holding a work session on Monday to explore issues raised in the report last fall of the Self-Insurance Ombuds, Donna Egeland, related to the utilization of independent medical examinations (IMEs) by self-insured employers. The Ombuds reported on complaints that have arisen in her office, and that captured some legislative interest. WSIA is invited to present at the work session, and will convey that concerns raised in the ombuds report, while anecdotal, could best be resolved by improved communication with injured workers in particular cases, and do not require legislative activity.

These and other legislative issues are tracked in our weekly e-mail report, sent to members of our Legislative and Legal committees, and posted on our website here (member login req'd). If you're interested in either committee, please let me know.
 
Our annual Complex Claims training, February 18-19th at Valley Medical Center in Renton, is open for registration. Take a look and register your space today!

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