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May 7th Online Annual Conference Extravaganza Lineup and Sponsors Announced
Earlier this week we announced the replacement for our Annual Conference, a one day set of live webcast presentations by nationally known thought leaders like Bob Wilson, Mark Walls & Kimberly George & others, local rising stars, your chance to get in front of Department leadership, and a bonus hour of recorded content to be viewed on demand. We're working on CEU credits and hope to get the event widely accredited for up to 8 hours for under $200 for members. We're also thrilled to showcase the sponsors/exhibitors sticking with us through this format change and have some creative options for making that happen. Click the graphic below or go here to check it out. 

Department releases IME guidance
The Department has released an IME and COVID-19 FAQ document. Please check it out here.

ICYMI: Department's self-insurance specific COVID-19 guidance
We reported last week on L&I's self-insurance specific guidance on COVID-19 claims handling. They still haven't put the FAQ on their website so we are hosting it right here

We are working on a LNI online townhall for members' questions - stay tuned
We know that the pace and content of L&I guidance on different nuances of the COVID-19 claims environment have given rise to even more questions, and we are working on scheduling a free online town hall for all members to log into with L&I's self-insurance leadership. There are a series of inter-departmental and even Governor approvals necessary to make this happen and that is in process. But we're working on giving you a shared forum/outlet to get your questions and concerns aired so please stay tuned for a further announcement. 

Department issues a series of Medical Aid  Rules & Fee Schedule amendments to expand access to telehealth options during corona virus outbreak
Over the past few weeks the Department has been making fee schedule changes predominately to expand access to telehealth services during the outbreak, including an announcement on work hardening yesterday and interpreters this morning. Click here for all the recent telehealth changes.  

Check with your broker about your excess policy and COVID-19
We are hearing guidance from the re-insurance world that it is possible your excess policy may have a communicable disease endorsement that applies to one or more claims caused by the same communicable disease. Thus, if facing numerous COVID-19 claims, the total of all claims may count against your retention, not each individual claim. It's worth looking into your particular endorsements. 

More news next week.
Stay safe and healthy out there --

Kris, Lloyd, and Kari
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