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COMPACT, is a quarterly publication of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry that provides workers' compensation related department news and case information.

2014

February


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February

  • Department expediting transition to ICD-10 coding system

  • Patient Advocate Program:  update, spreading news about service

  • New online process available for submissions of annual claim reimbursements

  • Several workers' compensation rehabilitation forms revised

  • DLI Dashboard shows agency performance indicators

  • Workers' compensation cost turns upward from recent low-point

  • Mileage rate falls a half-cent

  • Litigating disputed medical requests with potential intervenor issues at DLI

  • DLI studies effectiveness, costs of potential reforms, barriers within work comp system

  • Professional conduct complaints about rehabilitation providers

  • Workers' compensation claim characteristics brochure updated

  • Two annual reports updated, available online

  • Department of Labor and Industry experts available for speaking engagements

  • EDI, eFROI news and updates:  Business process changes following Jan. 1 mandate of electronic filing of first report of injury

  • CompFact:  Northeastern Minnesota is home to large percentage of supplementary benefits recipients

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Basic adjuster training 2014:  March 26 and 27, May 14 and 15, Oct. 6 and 7

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2013


May


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May

  • Summary:  2014 workers' compensation bill signed into law

  • Musielewicz is new DLI workers' compensation ombudsman

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • Second requests for information to be sent to 'claim manager'

  • Form reform:  Using clear, understandable language makes it easier for all; Notice of Intention to Discontinue Workers' Compensation Benefits -- NOID

  • Attention construction contractors:  What you don't know about workers' compensation can hurt you

  • Department of Labor and Industry experts available for speaking engagements

  • EDI, eFROI news and updates:  Reminder of business process changes following Jan. 1, 2014, mandate of electronic filing of the First Report of Injury

  • 2014 Rehabilitation Update Conference:  Unlocking Barriers to Success -- conference and video-stream event

  • New documents for injured workers explain dispute, settlement, hearing processes

  • Ask the ADR pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • 2012 Workers' Compensation System Report to be released

  • New video:  How to get your medical bills paid in workers' compensation

  • CompFact:  Injury severity, settlements affect vocational rehabilitation measures

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Basic adjuster training 2014:  Oct. 6 and 7

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2014

August


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August

  • 'True-up' adjustment added to Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • Office of Workers' Compensation Ombudsman:  Providing advice, assistance for people navigating the work comp system

  • Helpful resource:  General information sheets from DLI's General Counsel

  • Results of 2013 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2014

  • CompFact:  Using work comp claims to complete the OSHA 300 log can cause problems

  • ADR welcomes three new mediators to its ranks

  • Back to school:  Training opportunities for employers, rehabilitation providers

  • Take our website survey -- www.dli.mn.gov/WebSurvey.asp

  • 2014 Rehabilitation Update Conference:  Unlocking Barriers to Success

  • Basic adjuster training 2014:  Oct. 6 and 7

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2014

 

November


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2013

February


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February

  • Department of Labor and Industry sets five-year goals, strategies

  • DLI Dashboard shows agency performance indicators

  • DLI reviews processes to cut waste, speed up response times

  • Mileage rate rises

  • Save the date:  2013 Workers' Compensation Summit

  • Information sheet:  What injured workers should know about lumbar fusion surgery as a treatment for degenerative disc disease

  • Department revises FROI form, EDI implementation guide

  • Request for comments:  Possible amendments to rules governing workers' compensation treatment parameters rules related to spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal drug delivery systems

  • Professional conduct complaints:  rehabilitation providers

  • Vocational Rehabilitation unit helps injured workers get back to work

  • 2012 updates to annual department reports released

  • DLI-commissioned report recommends reimbursement cost controls

  • How to report a workplace accident for workers' comp, OSHA

  • Settlements, hearings survey report now available

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists

  • Ask the ADR pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • CompFact:  Duration of indemnity claims by industry

  • Basic Adjuster Training 2013:  dates, location, topics and more

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2012

 

May


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May

  • Testing begins for new EDI trading partners

  • Workers' compensation bill passes; enhanced benefit, cost containment, housekeeping items

  • Facts about fusion

  • New online process streamlines submission of Medical, Rehabilitation Request/Response forms

  • 100 years of workers' compensation in Minnesota; 100 years of helping injured workers get back to work

  • Save the date:  2013 Workers' Compensation Summit; exhibitor and sponsor opportunities

  • Directors bring experience, knowledge to Workers' Compensation Division

  • CompFact:  Vocational rehabilitation utilization

  • Coverage requirements highlighted for businesses, organizations

  • Open an account with workers' compensation file review

  • Ask the ADR pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty and rulemaking email lists

  • Updated brochures available:  Work comp claim characteristics; general industry, logging industry

  • Watch the website:  Fall 2013 possible out-of-state training opportunities

  • Basic Adjuster Training 2013:  Two two-day sessions remain

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2013

 

August


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August

  • Summary: 2013 workers' compensation session law

  • Office of Workers' Compensation Ombudsman; Help for injured workers, small businesses

  • Register now! 2013 Workers' Compensation Summit

  • Workers' compensation cost shows slight uptick for 2011

  • Facts about fusion

  • Workers' compensation training expands to reach more employers

  • Results of 2013 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • EDI, eFROI news and updates

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2013

  • New online process available for submission of dispute certification requests

  • Compensation rates as of Oct. 1, 2013

  • Notice of incorporation by reference of relative value tables

  • CompFact:  Duration of indemnity claims by worker age

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty and rulemaking email lists

  • Subscribing to "COMPACT"

  • Fall 2013 training opportunities:  adjuster training in Minnesota; adjuster training in the Chicago and Kansas City areas

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2013

 

November


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November

  • New DLI program helps injured workers explore low-back treatment options

  • Required employee guide updated

  • 2013 law amendments:  Scheduling vocational rehabilitation conferences

  • WCRI report compares Minnesota with 15 other states

  • Summing up the Summit

  • Compensation for rehabilitation services

  • Department revising the R-2, R-3 and R-8 rehabilitation forms

  • Request for comments:  Possible rules governing long-term use of opioids or other scheduled medication, Minnesota Rules 5221.6600

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • Number of workers' compensation claims, cost of injurance premiums continues to drop; annual Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report released

  • Workplace fatality statistics released; injury, illness rates to follow

  • EDI, eFROI news and updates:  Mandatory electronic filing of the First Report of Injury as of Jan. 1, 2014

  • Department of Labor and Industry experts available for speaking engagements

  • CompFact:  Size of stipulated benefits varies by worker age

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty and rulemaking email lists

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2013




2012

February


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February

  • Save the dates 2012:  Workers' compensation summit; rehabilitation provider update conferences

  • Corrections:  mileage rate; chart error

  • CompFact:  Return-to-work increases for 2011 vocational rehabilitation closures

  • Changes for two DLI Vocational Rehabilitation unit offices

  • Report compares Minnesota to other systems by state

  • Workers' compensation cost declines from 2004 to 2010

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, email lists

  • 2011 updates to annual reports released:  Collection and Assessment of Fines and Penalties report; Prompt First Action Report on Workers' Compensation Claims

  • Updated brochure available:  Work comp claim characteristics

  • Basic adjuster training 2012:  April 23 and 24; June 14 and 15; Oct. 30 and 31

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2011

 

May


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May

  • Register today -- Summit focuses on current workers' compensation issues, solutions

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • 2010 Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report released

  • Study will analyze department's workers' compensation data

  • Compliance, Records and Training -- What's in a name?

  • Fun facts about Compliance, Records and Training

  • Post office box change for workers' compensation legal material mail

  • CompScope report shows Minnesota's medical treatment price trends

  • VRU:  Successful placement outcomes

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, email lists

  • DLI review:  Work comp medical payment denials, reductions

  • CompFact:  Top five events leading to the most indemnity benefits

  • Basic adjuster training 2012:  June 14 and 15; Oct. 30 and 31

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2012

 

August


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August 2012

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2012

  • Independent contractors:  New law requires registration for some contractors

  • Year in review:  New ombudsman program helps injured workers, small businesses

  • CompFact:  Vocational rehabilitation utilization by industry

  • Successful summit showcased knowledge, expertise

  • Settlement and hearings survey update

  • Minnesota Workplace Safety Report available

  • Results of 2012 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • Reengineering Rehabilitation for Tomorrow:  Rehabilitation update conference 2012

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, email lists

  • Basic Adjuster Training 2012:  Oct. 30 and 31

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2012

 

November


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November 2012

  • Mandatory EDI/eFROI implementation

  • Request for comments:  Possible amendments to rules governing workers' compensation rules of practice related to electronic filing of First Reports of Injury; Minnesota Rules, 5220.2510 to 5220.2960, Revisor's I.D. number: R-4134

  • Health care providers and payers:  electronic billing, payment transactions

  • Ask the ADR pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • CompFact:  Trends in non-Minnesota residents receiving indemnity benefits

  • Change in copy costs takes effect January 2013

  • Workers' compensation system cost near all-time low in 2011

  • Workers' Compensation Advisory Council welcomes four new members

  • Workes' compensation coverage for family farms

  • State's mandatory workplace posters simplified, translated, easier to print

  • State's fatal work-injuries decrease in 2011

  • Decoding encrypted email from the department

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, email lists

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2012

 



2011

February


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February

  • Ken Peterson appointed as new DLI commissioner

  • Kris Eiden named deputy commissioner; Gary Hall returns as assistant commissioner

  • 2010 updates to annual reports released:  Collection and Assessment of Fines and Penalties report; Prompt First Action Report on Workers' Compensation Claims

  • Updated brochure available:  work comp claims characteristics

  • Dispute issue tracking study:  Third report focuses on claim petition disputes

  • Year in review:  Professional conduct complaints involving rehabilitation providers, 2010

  • CompFact -- Retail hiring makes imprint on work comp claims

  • Rehabilitation plan forms updated, available now

  • Mileage reimbursement rate adjustment

  • Basic adjuster training -- two two-day sessions in 2011

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2010

 

May


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May

  • Electronic service of notices of attorneys

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • CompFact -- The advancing tide of older workers

  • CompScope report shows Minnesota's relative standing

  • Tips from the trenches:  Forms, faxing, statutes and rules

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2011

 

August


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August

  • Legislature adopts advisory council recommendations

  • Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report, 2009

  • Adopted exempt amendments to workers' compensation rules

  • Updates of note: mileage rate rises, authorization form revised

  • Rehabilitation Review Panel seeks new members

  • Mandatory coverage: Enforcement actions rise dramatically

  • The name game: DLI's CSI to SCF, BMR to ADR, DMT to CRT

  • State's fatal work-injuries increase in 2010

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2011

  • Study finds Minnesota drug costs relatively low

  • Results of 2011 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • DLI launches work comp ombudsman program

  • Basic adjuster training 2011:  Oct. 27 and 28

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2011

 

November


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November

  • Decoding encrypted email from the department

  • Rehabilitation Review panel seeks new members

  • CompFact:  More TTD means TPD more likely

  • 'Oh darn, what were those department email notices again?'

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • Survey shows Minnesota workplace injury rate near all-time low

  • Basic adjuster training 2012:  April 23 and 24; June 14 and 15; Oct. 30 and 31

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2011

 



2010

February


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February

  • 2010 DLI mediation:  new and enhanced features

  • Mileage reimbursement rate adjustment

  • Division request:  redact sensitive financial information

  • CompFact:  Disappearing data entry?

  • Fast, easy and green:  receive rule notices via email

  • Helping Minnesota:  video, clips, DVD available

  • Work comp brochure, reports updated and online

  • Basic adjuster training 2010

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2009

 

May


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May

  • Legislative and rule update

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • Challenging times:  Unlocking new opportunities; second annual workers' compensation policy summit, June 14 through 16

  • CompFact:  Job tenure and insurance -- What's the connection?

  • Annual update:  Workers' compensation system report

  • Budget-balancing includes cut to Assigned Risk Safety Account

  • Basic adjuster training 2010

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2010

 

August


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August

  • Claims adjuster licensing change became effective July 1

  • Workers' compensation rulemaking update

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2010

  • Teen claims characteristics information sheet updated

  • Compensation rates as of Oct. 1, 2010

  • Recap of second annual Workers' Compensation Policy Summit

  • CompFact:  The geography of indemnity payments

  • Results of 2010 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • DLI mediation program receives positive feedback

  • Building the system:  DLI's alternative dispute-resolution through the years

  • Compliance self-evaluation worksheet in development

  • Fall 2010 training opportunities for adjusters and rehabilitation providers

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2010

 

November


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November

  • Online tool:  Minnesota workers' compensation treatment parameters

  • Workers' compensation cost declines from 2004 to 2009

  • Survey shows Minnesota workplace injuries continue significant decrease

  • CompFact: Older workers have high percentage with permanent disability

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • Redefining Sue -- VRU guidance realigns injured worker's outlook

  • Minnesota continues its best-in-class ranking

  • Years of work comp knowledge, experience leaving DLI

  • Second report from DLI dispute issue tracking study

  • Two work comp rehabilitation forms revised, also available in Spanish

  • Extra! Extra! Special edition coming -- COMPACT: Dispute-resolution services

  • Court decisions: July through September 2010

 



2009

February


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February

  • Interactive rehabilitation forms a 'hit' with QRCs

  • Mileage reimbursement rate adjustment

  • Work comp brochure, reports updated and online:  Work comp claims statistics-at-a-glance; 2008 updates to annual reports released

  • Safe-patient-handling grants put to use

  • Sviggum presents work comp reform recommendations to advisory council

  • Keep the process moving:  filing medical, rehabilitation requests and responses

  • Comp cost declines from 2004 to 2007

  • Vocational rehabilitation results show system stability

  • 2009 workers' compensation symposium:  medical bill submission, review, payment and dispute resolution in light of Buck-Ulrick and Lehto

  • Basic adjuster training 2009

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2008

 

May


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May

  • Redesigned DLI Web site, new address: www.dli.mn.gov/WorkComp.asp

  • CompFact:  'Ah, the good old days, one year ago ...'

  • Annual update:  Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report highlights

  • All aboard: Online forms submissions back on track

  • First report from DLI dispute issue tracking study

  • Update:  Worker identification (WID) number

  • Spoken-language health care interpreter roster; available through Department of Health interactive Web site

  • Information sheet:  Release of medical records

  • Minnesota Workplace Safety Report:  Most-recent data shows Minnesota's workplaces safer

  • Stay connected:  Department e-mail lists help stakeholders keep up to date

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2009

 

August


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August

  • Summary of 2009 Workers' Compensation Advisory Council legislation

  • Move ahead:  It's time to plan for reform

  • New e-licensing fee surcharge

  • CompFact: The hazards of being a security guard

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2009

  • Avoid penalties, file rehabilitation forms as required

  • Update:  online submission of rehabilitation forms

  • DLI to host interpreter-services forum

  • DLI fax numbers

  • Results of 2009 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • Basic adjusters training 2009 -- final two-day session for the year

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2009

 

November


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November

  • Minnesota has a best-in-class system

  • Spotlight on forms filing:  Annual claim for reimbursement forms, Interim Status Report form

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • CompFact:  Workers' compensation claims at religious institutions

  • DLI hosts international work comp convention; IAIABC awards DLI's McCrea for committee work

  • Comp cost declines from 2004 to 2008

  • Interpreter workshop materials available online

  • Survey results:  Stakeholders tell it like it is

  • Positive directions:  Survey shows Minnesota workplace injuries continue to decrease

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2009

 



2008

February


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February

  • Grants give financial lift to 67 health care facilities statewide

  • Notice concerning Workers' Compensation Report of Benefits Paid

  • Alphabet soup guards data:  DLI's WCD DDWC project enhances security, drops SSN for WID

  • Annual Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report released

  • Updates from the Workers' Compensation Division:  Work comp claims statistics-at-a-glance; 2007 updates to annual reports released

  • Basic adjuster training 2008 dates and registration

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2007

 

May


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May

  • From Commissioner Sviggum -- Workers' compensation reform:  Roll up our sleeves and get the job done

  • Workers' Compensation Advisory Council bill passes

  • DLI promotes expansion of mediation to address escalating costs, disputes

  • Get 'WID' it ...

  • This just in:  news for rehabilitation providers

  • Annual workers' compensation system report

  • Medical Policy Specialist Lisa Wichterman joins DLI

  • DDWC project takes off

  • Minnesota safety report:  research highlights

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • History of the Special Compensation Fund

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2008

 

August


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August

  • Workers' compensation reform:  work groups focusing on system fixes

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2008

  • Compensation rates as of Oct. 1, 2008

  • Results of 2008 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • Uniformity committee focuses on electronic billing

  • Interdepartmental initiative to study, improve workers' compensation system business processes

  • Division moves to P.O. boxes for mailed correspondence

  • Republican convention may cramp our style

  • Sound off! Take the online survey

  • Basic adjusters training 2008

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2008

 

November


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November

  • Partnership supports safety during I-35W bridge rebuild

  • Survey says ...:  Results are in, stakeholder responses compiled

  • Primary liability:  occupational disease, intoxication claims

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • DLI dedicated to improving rehabilitation-report filings

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2008

 



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