Dec. 11, 2013
Minnesota will require electronic filing of workers' compensation First Report of Injury (FROI) forms on Jan. 1, 2014. Currently, 27 other states also require electronic submission of the information.
When an injury occurs to an employee at a worksite, the FROI form is required to be completed by the employer and reported to the employer's workers' compensation insurance company. If the employee's disability lasts more than three days, the insurer must file a FROI form with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).
"Eliminating unnecessary paperwork will make the system more efficient and ensure timelier reporting of injuries," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner.
DLI receives approximately 30,000 FROI forms each year, with about one-third of those filed electronically. On
Jan. 1, all FROI forms will be filed via electronic data interchange or a Web-based application.
Mandating electronic filing of FROI forms is part of DLI's five-year strategic plan. Only entities required to file FROI forms with DLI, such as insurers, third-party administrators and the self-insured, are affected. Reporting of injuries by employees to employers or by employers to their workers' compensation carrier will not be changed.
DLI has accepted electronic forms since 1993; many insurers are already familiar with the practice.
In preparation for requiring e-filing, DLI has revised and streamlined its business processes, increased the number of reporting entities that will submit electronically -- from 30 to approximately 120 -- and revamped the FROI form to more accurately capture data submitted electronically.
More information about the implementation of mandatory electronic filing is available at www.dli.mn.gov/WC/Edi.asp.
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