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The WSIA Weekly, 6.17.16

L&I releases updated medical aid rules, fee schedule for 2016-17
Yesterday, the Department of Labor & Industries released the 2016 edition of the Medical Aid Rules and Fee Schedules (MARFS) as of June 1, 2016. The MARFS the policies, payment methods, billing codes, and maximum fees used to pay health care and vocational providers who treat injured workers in the upcoming fiscal year. A link to the compendium is available here.  

WSIA Board of Directors wraps up annual planning retreat
Our Board of Directors has been busy working the last three days on behalf of the association's future strategic planning and growth at its annual retreat. We'll have some exciting information to share in the coming weeks related to our association vision and values as we continue to build upon our leadership role for the employer community in workers' compensation and safety. If you are interested in the work of the Board, contact Kris Tefft.

Kids' Chance fundraiser announced
Earlier this week, we sent a save-the-date notice to our membership advising of a fundraiser WSIA is organizing on behalf of Kids' Chance of Washington, the not-for-profit charity that assists the dependents of deceased or permanently disabled workers with scholarships for higher education. The event takes place the evening of November 10th at the First Base Terrace Club at Safeco Field in Seattle, home of the Mariners. In 2013 and 2014, this WSIA-led fundraiser generated over $100,000 in contributions to aid the mission of Kids' Chance. We look forward to joining our members, supports, and friends again this fall for another worthwhile event.

WSIA Conference Planning Committee meeting announced
On Tuesday, July 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we'll be holding the first Conference Planning Committee meeting of the new program/fiscal year. The purpose of the meeting will be to plan speakers and agenda items for the fall, winter, spring, and annual conferences, as well as look at some additional workshop ideas. The meeting can be attended either in person at WSIA's office in Olympia or online via the GoToWebinar platform. Any WSIA member company employee can participate in our planning committee, and those with creative ideas about the content and direction of our signature events should definitely participate! For more information, or to get online registration info, contact Patrick Koenig.

Don't forget about the SI colloquium
Registrations continue to roll in for the summer WSIA-L&I colloquium on occupational health best practices, taking place June 29th at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, and featuring important updates on the Department's quality of care initiatives, as well as an interesting panel discussing the treatment of evidence-based medicine at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals. Cost for the day-long program is just $18 to cover the cost of lunch. Agenda and registration information available here.
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