Legislature hits first major deadline for bills
Today marks the end of the fourth week of the 2018 legislative session in Washington, and the first important deadline for non-fiscal bills to be voted out of the committee in the House or Senate first considering the measure. In workers' compensation, the bills we've been following that require hearing aid replacement once every five years and that would allow many new kinds of mental health counselors into the provider network, did not advance due to concerns by WSIA and others. That said, most of the other major issues including occupational disease presumptions, IME timelines and telemedicine, and more have passed out of committee and are moving along the process. Click here to read this week's legislative update and download our updated bill tracking sheet (member login required).
Registration now open for Spring Conference 2018!
Earlier this week, we opened registration for our Spring Conference, taking place in Bellevue on March 23rd. We're excited about this year's "Hot Topics" program, which preserves the focus on workers' comp medical trends in the morning, and dives into some big ticket public policy issues in the afternoon. Take a look at the full program and registration details right here, and we hope to see you next month. If anyone would like to get their name out as a conference sponsor, get in touch with Kari at the office right away.
Objective worsening required for reopening, Court of Appeals re-affirms
The Department of Labor & Industries prevailed in a nifty Court of Appeals decision this week that reaffirmed the general rule that objective medical findings, and not merely subjective complaints, are required to support the reopening of a closed claim - a rule occasionally honored more in the breach. The decision is Hendrickson v. Labor & Industries and was published, becoming precedent. Read it here.
WSIA's online Safety Roundtable happens next Thursday
Our association's monthly roundtable of safety leaders, chaired by John Shervey, is happening again next Thursday, February 8th from 2 to 3 pm right in your office using the GoToMeeting online platform. We’ve invited Kathie Lavaty, a Senior Industrial Hygienist with Terracon Consultants, Inc., to talk about the hygienist's roll in general and respond to individual questions (in a general way) and take any individual specifics off-line. Other topics are invited; please forward any issues you’d like covered to John Shervey. Click here to get the link to join the online meeting and please pass along to safety personnel in your organization. The roundtable discussion is for your benefit and you don't have to travel or be a "committee member" to listen in and participate!
ASSE conference registration available to WSIA members
The annual Professional Development Conference of our friends at the American Society of Safety Engineers is taking place May 4th in Ellensburg, and ASSE has extended an invite to WSIA members to register for early bird pricing if interested to attend. Check it out here.