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Health Care Provider Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes for May 11, 2012
Present: Mary Jo Capodice DO, Maja Jurisic MD, John
Metcalf, Peter Schubbe DC, Sri Vasudevan MD.
Excused: David Bryce MD, Gina
Buono MD, Amanda Gilliland, Barbara Janusiak, Mike Lischak MD, Jeff Lyne DC,
Karen Pease, Jennifer Stark, Ron Stark MD.
Staff present: Joy Schmitt and Jim O'Malley
Observers: None present at meeting.
- Call to Order:
The Health Care
Providers Advisory Committee (HCPAC) meeting was called to order by John
Metcalf at approximately 10:15 AM in accordance with
Wisconsin’s open meeting law.
Members of the HCPAC and
the Department introduced themselves.
- Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the
October 29, 2010 meeting were discussed. A quorum of the HCPAC was not
present and the minutes of the last meeting were not formally approved.
The members present tentatively approved the minutes without correction.
Formal approval of the minutes of the October 29, 2010 meeting will be
deferred to the next meeting.
- Unfinished business:
advised the HCPAC’s proposal to delete DWD 81.06 (1) (k) 4 of the
Wisconsin Administrative Code was not approved by the Worker’s
Compensation Advisory Council. The purpose of the proposal was to
address situations where insurance carriers deny payment for functional
capacity evaluations. The HCPAC may submit another proposal pertaining
to functional capacity evaluations in the future.
- New business:
There was a
discussion about the growing use of opioids to treat injured employees
for chronic pain and the increase in the number of deaths due to the
over use of opioids. The discussion covered professional medical
organizations including the American Medical Association and American
Pain Society and the work they have done in the area of opioid usage for
The HCPAC discussed
innovative legislation to regulate and monitor the use of opioids prescribed
for pain management recently enacted in the State of Washington. The
legislation included requirements for the prescription of opioids and drug
testing for the people who received opioids.
A committee of the Wisconsin Medical Society is working on guidelines covering
the prescription of opioids. The guidelines are expected to be completed by
the end of the summer. The HCPAC will review the guidelines adopted by the
Wisconsin Medical Society after they are available. Depending on the
guidelines adopted by the Wisconsin Medical Society, the HCPAC may work on
developing additional guidelines for the use of opoids.
- Future Meeting:
No dates for future
meetings were set. The consensus of the members was that the next
meeting should not be scheduled until after the Wisconsin Medical
Society released the guidelines related to the use of opioids.
- Adjournment: The
meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:40 PM.