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The WSIA Weekly, 4.29.16

See you next week in Spokane!
The WSIA staff will be out of the office most of next week as we head over to Spokane for our 45th Annual Conference, which kicks off Wednesday with a golf tournament, wine tour, and welcoming reception. We've got an exciting program of national and regional speakers keyed up for Thursday and Friday, and tons of networking opportunities too, not to mention the state's largest expo of workers' comp and safety related products and services. We look forward to seeing many of you there, and there's still time for a last-minute registration through this link.

Washington Supreme Court tackles attending physician rule in new decision
Yesterday, the Washington Supreme Court put out a strong affirmation of Washington's "special consideration" rule for attending physician testimony on appeal. Essentially, the court held that on appeal to Superior Court, a trial judge must instruct the jury on the special consideration rule - that, unlike jury instructions generally, it is not within the discretion of the judge to omit or include. The case is Clark County v. McManus - we put some thoughts on it up on the WSIA blog today.

National Safety Stand-Down next week
Next week marks the National Safety Stand-Down, a national workplace safety campaign encouraging a break from normal work activities to concentrate on a particular accident prevention or safety issue. Next week's Stand Down in Washington focuses on falls in the construction industry. More information, with tips and ideas from the Department of Labor & Industries, at this link.

ACHIEV committee met yesterday; materials available online
The Department of Labor & Industries' Advisory Committee on Healthcare Innovation and Evaluation (ACHIEV), the business-labor-department stakeholder group that oversees initiatives related to the Medical Provider Network and workers' comp healthcare delivery, met yesterday. The agenda contained legislative updates, information about the new Self-Insurance Risk Analysis System (SIRAS) project, an update on the Department's efforts with coordination of care and catastrophic injury care management, and network provider standards/COHE best practices. All of the meeting materials can be viewed at this link.

WSIA participates in Worker Memorial Ceremony
WSIA president Sheri Sundstrom delivered remarks alongside Governor Jay Inslee, Labor & Industries Director Joel Sacks, and other business and labor leaders yesterday at the Department's Worker Memorial Ceremony, paying respects to the 84 individuals who died in 2015 as a result of a workplace injury or exposure. The solemn ceremony, where the names of each of the fallen workers is read and accompanied by a bell ring, provides an opportunity for all workplaces to rededicate to workplace safety and accident prevention. Interested folks can stream a video of the ceremony at this link.

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