Council on Worker's Compensation
Meeting Minutes
GEF-1 Building
Madison, Wisconsin
January 14 , 2014

Members present: Mr. Beiriger, Ms. Bloomingdale,  Mr. Brandl, Mr. Buchen, Mr. Ginsburg, Mr. Kent, Mr. Metcalf, Ms. Nugent (by conference telephone call) ,  Mr. Schwanda, Ms. Seiler

Staff present: Mr. Aiello, Ms. Halsey,  Mr. Krueger, Mr. Moreth and Mr. O'Malley

Excused: Mr. Brand, Ms Pehler, Mr. Redman and Ms. Thomas

  1. Call to Order/Introductions: Mr. Metcalf convened the Worker's Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting at approximately 10:05 a.m. in accordance with Wisconsin's open meetings law. WCAC members, staff and members of the audience introduced themselves.

  2. Mr. Dave Anderson and Mr. BJ Dernbach: Mr. Dave Anderson, DWD Deputy Assistant Secretary, appeared at the meeting to introduce himself to the Council. Mr. Anderson expressed his appreciation to be able to attend the meeting and meet the members of the Council. He has been on the job at DWD for two weeks. He worked for State of Wisconsin about 10 years ago. For the last ten years he worked for the federal government.

    Mr. BJ Dernbach, DWD Legislative Liaison, also appeared at the meeting to introduce himself to the Council. Mr. Dernbach was employed on the staff of Representative Knodl for the last four years. He previously served on the staff for Representative Hines. Mr. Dernbach expressed his appreciation with working with the Department and is looking forward to working with the Council in the future.

  3. Approval of Minutes: Ms. Bloomingdale moved to approve the minutes of the December 3, 2013 meeting with one correction. The correction is in the first line at the top of page 6 to delete "increased" and substitute "indexed" to the first sentence. Mr. Beiriger seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved as corrected.

  4. Correspondence: Mr. O'Malley reviewed the correspondence received by the WCAC since the last meeting.

  5. A letter dated December 26, 2013 was received from Dr. Richard A. Victor, Executive Director of the Worker's Compensation Research Institute, that contained an analysis to quantify the likely impact on medical costs in Wisconsin of a medical fee schedule set at group health payments plus 10%.

    An e-mail message dated January 13, 2014 was received from Tracey Schwalbe, General Counsel for the Labor and Industry Review Commission, that requested the Council to approve language changes in the draft "Agreed Upon Bill".

  6. Draft Agreed Bill Review: There was a motion by Ms. Bloomingdale, seconded by Mr. Beiriger for the Council to go in to closed caucus. Labor and Management representatives went in to closed caucus at approximately 10:20 a.m.

  7. Next Meeting: January 23, 2014 by Teleconference
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