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The WSIA Weekly, 9.22.17

Labor & Industries announces 2018 state fund rate proposal
As noted on our blog Wednesday, the Department of Labor & Industries has announced its 2018 premium rate proposal which if adopted, would take effect January 1. On the basis of fewer claims, favorable investment income, and favorable loss development, the Department is proposing to reduce rates by 2.5 percent on average next year. Unfortunately, the Supplemental Pension Fund assessment component of the rate, which is borne by self-insured employers and employees as well as the State Fund, is proposed to increase by 7.3 percent to just over ten cents per hour, on the basis of high wage inflation the last two years in Washington. The rate proposal will go to a series of public hearings before adoption in early November. See the blog for links and more info. 

Latest Department audit information available for self-insurers
The new audit reform model for self-insured employers has gone from its initial Tier 1 pilot into Tier 2 and now Tier 3 audits. The numbers for the firms audited in Tier 2 are now available for review in the Department's latest audit brief, here. Also, the scope of review for those employers who will be part of the Tier 3 audit has been released, here. Letters to employers in Tier 3 audits should start going out as early as next week or the following week.

WCAC to meet Monday morning
The state's Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee holds its next quarterly meeting at the Department's headquarters in Tumwater on Monday, September 25th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The WCAC, which includes self-insurance representation, advises the Department on policy and financial information. A presentation on the 2018 rate announcement is anticipated to drive the agenda. WCAC meetings are open to the public, and interested members are encouraged to attend. 

More info out on State Fund acupuncture pilot program
The State Fund's acupuncture coverage pilot program is starting on October 1, and the Department has put out a series of new information for providers and patients, included in this FAQ document. As a reminder, self-insurers are not required to cover acupuncture treatment as part of this pilot, although new coverage decisions may ultimately come out of it. 

Congrats to life savers for recognition
Last month, we noted WSIA member Hoffman Construction's Travis Wright for being named a 2017 Governor's Life Saver award winner. Travis and the other recipients of this award were honored this week at the Governor's annual Industrial Safety & Health Conference in Tacoma. We're delighted to also recognize the employees of self-insured companies Sellen Construction, Boeing, Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden), and Costco who also received awards at the conference. Read about their interesting stories here
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