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WSIA Weekly, 11.14.14

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New Look for the WSIA Weekly
We're not averse to trying new things around here, and with today's edition, we're trying out a new look and e-mail functionality for our weekly newsletter. We hope you'll enjoy the new design and the ability to manage your subscription below, along with access each week to our calendar of events, social channels, blog, and more. 

Save the Date for the December 12th WSIA-L&I Self-Insurance Colloquium
Following on this summer’s well-attended self-insurance colloquium on collaborative care in healing and return-to-work, WSIA and the Department of Labor & Industries are teaming up for the next colloquium on December 12th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. The focus of the day’s presentations is prevention and management of chronic pain and disability, and will feature presentations on the work of the Bree Collaborative, disability risk factors & functional recovery intervention, the latest news on opioids, panels on lower back pain and early RTW interventions, and an update on L&I’s health services initiatives. Registration will be $25, to help defray the cost of a catering. A registration form will go out next week from L&I and WSIA.
     
Space remaining for complimentary webinar on L&I’s new audit reform program
We’re also partnering with self-insurance staff from the Department of Labor & Industries to bring you a free webinar on Dec. 11, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to present the fundamentals of L&I’s new performance-based model for auditing self-insured employers for compliance. L&I will begin a pilot of what it calls its Tier 1 performance-based audit on January 1, 2015. To learn about the history, details, and future of this project, you will not want to miss this presentation. Registration is limited to the first 100 logins, of which about half were reserved last week. Please RSVP your registration by e-mail to Kari Heinold.

Safety Committee met this week - great opportunity to get involved!
WSIA's Workplace Safety Committee, chaired by board member John Shervey, held its monthly telephonic meeting yesterday, to debrief from last month's successful mini-seminar on workplace violence prevention, and plan more programming for after the first of the year, including tackling the topic how injury investigation under WISHA differ from investigations under workers' compensation. Please contact Kris Tefft if you're interested in the work of the committee.
 
Legislative Committee to meet December 15th in Kent
WSIA’s Legislative Committee will hold its next in-person meeting on December 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Eberle Vivian in Kent. This will be our last opportunity to discuss legislative positions in-person prior to the start of the 2015 legislative session in January. Members interested in the work of the Legislative Committee are welcome to attend or call into the meeting. Please contact Kris Tefft if you’re interested.   


- Spinal Care Seminar, Nov. 20, Gig Harbor
- Certification Review, Dec. 8-9, Lacey
- L&I Audit Reform Webinar, Dec. 11 (e-mail RSVP)
- Self-Insurance Colloquium, Dec. 12, Seattle
- Winter West Conference, Jan. 23, 2015, Gig Harbor
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