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Compensation Advisory Council
Council on Worker’s Compensation
September 12, 2011
Members present: Mr. Beiriger, Mr. Brand, Mr.
Buchen, Mr. Collingwood, Ms. Connor, Mr. Kent, Mr.
Metcalf, Ms. Nugent, Mr. Olson, Ms. Pehler and Mr.
Excused: Ms. Bloomingdale, Mr. Redman, and Ms.
Staff present: Mr. O’Malley, Ms. Knutson, Mr. Aiello and Mr.
- Call to Order/Introductions: Mr. Metcalf convened the Worker’s
Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting at approximately 9:00 a.m. in
accordance with Wisconsin’s open meetings law. WCAC members, staff and
members of the audience introduced themselves.
- Approval of Minutes: Ms. Nugent moved to approve the minutes of
the August 8, 2011 meeting with corrections to pages 2 and 7 (item #4) to
delete reference to retirement benefits; second by Mr. Kent. The minutes
were unanimously approved as corrected.
- Correspondence: Mr. O’Malley reported that no correspondence had
been received since the last meeting. The Health Care Provider Advisory
Committee will begin meeting again. Dr. Jurisic would like the committee to
pursue changes to the Medical Treatment Guidelines addressing the use of
narcotics for treatment of work injuries. At the International Association
of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) Annual Convention
last month, there was an informative presentation dealing with the use of
narcotics in treatment of injured workers and issues covered included:
over-utilization, proper prescription protocols and monitoring employees’
compliance with the prescribed medication regimen. The Medical Treatment
Guidelines should be updated to reflect the current state-of-the-art
treatment protocols for chronic pain and use of narcotics. The WCAC was
provided a copy of the PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Franklin, the medical
director for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
- Report - Proposal Updates: None.
- Discussion of all proposals: Mr.
Kent requested a complete condensed list of the agreed Department proposals.
Labor and Management adjourned to closed caucus and upon
return, Mr. Kent
reported that Labor and Management are making progress in negotiating the
terms of an agreed bill.Labor
and Management are discussing revised language for Management proposal #2
concerning an employer’s right to direct care.
They are seeking comment from the insurance representatives and
medical liaisons to the WCAC, as well as from the Department regarding the
implementation of the draft proposal and suggestions to revise the proposal
to reduce health care costs.
Labor and Management also made progress on draft language to
amend Wis. Stat. §102.56 concerning disfigurement claims.
Department provided cost estimates on permanent partial disability, supplemental
benefits and other cost drivers in the worker’s compensation system.Mr. Beiriger commented that Management is focused on consideration of
statutory changes that have an impact on market forces and employers
directing the choice of treating doctor.
- Adjournment: Motion by Mr. Beiriger, second by Mr. Kent to
adjourn. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at
approximately 4:45 p.m.
Next Meeting: October 10, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.