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Worker's Compensation Spring 2022 Workshop Agenda

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

8:30 - 8:40

Welcome, Introduction, and Housekeeping

8:40 - 8:50

Administration Welcoming Remarks (Leadership, Department of Workforce Development and Worker's Compensation Division)

8:50 - 9:20

Reports and Notices – Review of requirements and timelines (Faith Howe and Jasmine Decorah, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)

9:20 - 9:40

Changing Dates and Surcharges (Kathy Almeida, Bureau of Claims Management, Claims Services Section and Faith Howe, DRS)

9:40 - 10:00

Break

10:00 - 11:00

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Basics, Wisconsin Administrative Code - DWD 80.32 (statutory minimum ratings) (Chelsea Newby and Frank Salvi, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)

11:00 - 11:45

PPD Complex (multipliers and deductions) (Frank Salvi and Chelsea Newby, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)

11:45 - 12:30

Lunch

12:30 - 1:30

PPD Calculation Workshop (Dispute Resolution Section Staff)

  • Standard Breakout Session focuses on PPD calculations for commonly seen injuries
  • Complex Breakout Session focuses on PPD calculations for injuries with multipliers and/or deductions, including fingers

1:30 - 2:30

Dispute Resolution Section (DRS) Overview

  • Fatal Claims (Frank Salvi and Cherie Goetz, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)
  • Delay Penalties – How to Avoid Them (Karee Williams and Faith Howe, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)
  • Vocational Rehab (Chelsea Newby and Frank Salvi, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)

2:30 - 2:45

Break

2:45 - 3:20

Dispute Resolution Section Overview (Continued)

  • Advancements (Jasmine Decorah and Karee Williams, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) (Karee Williams and Faith Howe, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)

3:20 - 3:40

Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) and Denying Claims (Gail Wickman, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)

3:40 - 4:15

Final Medical Reports and Tips for Closing Claims (Phil Roberts and Frank Salvi, Bureau of Claims Management, DRS)

4:15

Closing Remarks and Adjourn


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

8:30 - 8:35

Welcome and Housekeeping

8:35 - 9:35

Legal Updates – Updates on legislation, Worker's Compensation Advisory Council proposals, Q&A (James O'Malley, Section Chief, Bureau of Legal Services)

9:35 - 9:45

Break

9:45 - 10:50

Wage – Review of basic concepts and definitions, including part of class determinations, full time presumptions, self-restriction on labor market, seasonal employment, accounting for cash wage and tips, work schedules, TPD wage, same/similar provision and exceptional employment categories, and Internet and hard copy WKC-13A. (Keith Kinion, Bureau of Claims Management, Claims Services Section, Wage Analyst)

10:50 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:15

Internet Reporting – Discussion of Internet reporting including First Reports of Injury (WKC-12), WKC 13, and Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) worksheet. (Rod Gennrich, Bureau of Claims Management, Claims Services Section, Section Chief)

12:15 - 1:00

Lunch

1:00 - 1:50

Health Cost Disputes – How to initiate disputes, database investigations, determinations, and appeals (Holly Hampton and Kayla Van Valkenberg, Bureau of Legal Services, Health Cost Dispute)

1:50 - 2:15

Workplace Safety – Penalties, Reporting, and Investigations (David Leix, Safety & Risk Manager, Worker's Compensation Division)

2:15 - 2:30

Break

2:30 - 4:15

Pending Reports (Rod Gennrich, Bureau of Claims Management, Claims Services Section, Section Chief)

4:15

Closing Remarks and Adjourn