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The WSIA Weekly, 7.21.17

Registration opened this week for Fall Conference
We're excited to have opened registration this week for this year's Fall Conference, "Is Safety on Your Horizon?" taking place Friday, September 15th in the SeaTac-Tukwila area. Fall Conference traditionally focuses on safety and prevention topics, with some claims management training included. We've got a great line up of employer programs, legal end medical experts, and more. Take a look at the conference agenda here and get your registration in early! We also have two exhibitor booths remaining on a first-come, first-reserved basis -- and special thanks to MEDPlus Health Solutions as an early sponsor of the conference. Get exhibitor/sponsor info here or drop Kari a line.

Last chance for next week's RTW Summit
If you've been on the fence, it's not too late to sign up and join over 60 of your colleagues from self-insured employer programs, the Department, and the vocational rehabilitation community at our first-ever Return To Work Summit next Friday, July 28th at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. The day covers a dynamic list of topics in vocational services today, with a group of top notch presenters. Take a look at the agenda, which includes ethics training in voc rehab, right here and come join us next week.  

Sneak peek at Civil Rights Office presentation for L&I Update 2017
In March of this year, we had provided an update on issues at Labor & Industries related to creation of an Office of Civil Rights and a mechanism for taking complaints related to claimants with limited English proficiency navigating the claims system, including workers of self-insured employers. Now, for attendees of this year's L&I-sponsored Update 2017 training, there will be a specific training on how L&I is implementing this. We obtained an advance copy of the presentation for comments. While there's not a lot of meat in the slides, the creation of this new kind of complaint mechanism covering both State Fund and Self-Insurance is something that self-insured risk management and TPAs should be aware of, and something WSIA is following closely to ensure fairness.

Department announces policy changes on volunteer coverage
Late last week, the Department announced a series of changes to its policy on workers' compensation coverage for volunteers, affecting public schools, and more. The changes are partly in response to legislation passed in the 2016 legislative session. Take a look at the Department's new policy on volunteers here, which goes into effect August 15th, or see a summary of the new changes here.

Liaison Committee report now up
The minutes and handouts from this month's Liaison Committee meeting with L&I's self-insurance section leads are now up on the website here (member login req'd). The Liaison Committee, staffed for WSIA by MultiCare's Glenn Hansen, Sedgwick's Pat Reiman, Eberle Vivian's Lisa Vivian, and WSIA's Kris Tefft, is the forum by which we are able to transmit program, policy, and claims management concerns and issues to the Department for resolution, as well as receive and pass along updates on the latest regulatory issues impacting self-insureds, including the Department's latest stats on performance with work orders. Take a look a the report, and when you have issues for us to bring up in the bi-monthly Liaison Committee meetings, please e-mail them in

Conference Planning Committee kick-off meeting Monday
Calling all members interested in contributing to the content and success of our conferences! Our conference planning committee, helmed by WSIA board member Laurel Hensley of Sather Byerly & Holloway, is holding its first meeting of the new program year this coming Monday, July 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at City of Tacoma offices at 3639 Pine Street in Tacoma. Folks who are interested but can't make it can join in by GoToMeeting online, using this link to register for the meeting. Items up for planning will include topics and speakers for our winter, spring, and annual conference and more. If you're interested in the work of the conference planning committee, drop Patrick Koenig a line.

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