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Worker’s Compensation Legislative Update: Still No Fee Schedule

appointment-appointment-book-blur-40568The Wisconsin State Legislature chose not to act on the agreed-upon bill negotiated by the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC). The agreed bill would have introduced medical cost containment to Wisconsin in the form of a fee schedule.

Because the legislature failed to act on this measure, however, Wisconsin employers will continue to pay unmitigated costs for medical treatment of work injuries.

Did you know that Wisconsin is just one of six states without a fee schedule for worker’s compensation medical services?

According to the Worker’s Compensation Research Institute,

  • Wisconsin had the highest average per-claim medical payments from 2014-2015.
  • Wisconsin employers pay more than double the typical price for common services like X-rays and basic evaluations.

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), from 2009-2013 (the most recent years for which that organization has data),

  • Wisconsin’s costs for no lost time claims rose by 30 percent compared to just 14 percent nationwide.
  • Wisconsin’s costs for lost time claims rose by 22 percent for the same period, compared to just five percent nationwide.

If Wisconsin employers are paying so much more for Worker’s Compensation claims, why hasn’t a fee schedule been approved? 

Medical providers are intent on protecting their rich revenue stream from worker’s compensation, which means the healthcare industry contributes a pretty significant amount of money to Wisconsin lawmakers. In fact, the healthcare industry contributed more than $4 million to Wisconsin lawmakers in 2017, according to data from followthemoney.org. That’s more than the combined contributions of the transportation industry, agriculture industry, and labor unions.

It’s imperative that Wisconsin employers stand together and insist the legislature act on their clear demand: Bring medical costs for work injuries in Wisconsin in line with the rest of the nation.

To learn more, read the full article available on our WEEWC website. You’ll gain even more insight about:

  • How we can create and propose a fee schedule that more effectively rallies the support of employers and appeals to a wider audience
  • Whether a solution beyond a fee schedule could be feasible
  • Steps employers can take to control costs under the current law
  • Worker’s compensation indemnity benefits and how they could be improved

Wisconsin employers face many issues as our state competes for business and labor. Wisconsin Employers for Equitable Worker’s Compensation provides a forum to understand the challenges and opportunities in our worker’s compensation system, and to stand together for positive change.

For more information on WEEWC, please contact John Tindall at jtindall@intrisksolutions.com.

 

Risk Management Bulletin: OSHA 2017 Form 300A due July 1st

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REMINDER: It’s time to electronically file OSHA 2017 FORM 300A!

All covered establishments must electronically submit their 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA by July 1, 2018. Employers can view their submitted 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on this website.

Covered establishments with 250 or more employees are only required to provide their 2017 Form 300A summary data. OSHA is not accepting Form 300 and 301 information at this time. OSHA announced that it will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” final rule, including the collection of the Forms 300/301 data. The Agency is currently drafting that NPRM and will seek comment on those provisions.

The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page, where you are able to provide the Agency your 2017 OSHA Form 300A information by July 1, 2018.

Recap of Electronic Submission Requirements:

Who: Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.

What: Covered establishments must electronically submit information from their 2017 OSHA Form 300A.

When: In 2018, covered establishments must submit information from their completed 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, covered establishments must submit the information by March 2.

Failure to electronically submit the Form 300A could lead to a substantial fine from OSHA. In February, OSHA issued a memorandum to all regional administrators reminding them that failure to submit reports could lead to “other-than-serious” violations for workplaces and potential fines of $12,934.

If you have any questions regarding Electronic Reporting please contact Matt Ingraham at 262-993-2937.

 

Source: OSHA

 

Integrated Risk Solutions hires new COO/CFO John McGee

  • Posted On June 20, 2018
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Integrated Risk Solutions announced that John McGee has joined its leadership team as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at the start of May.

John McGeeMcGee is a forward thinking and innovative financial and operations executive with expertise in the construction, financial, real estate and nonprofit industries. He has a track record of success in process improvement, financial reporting, forecasting, team building and business development which allows him to help companies reduce costs, increase profits and provide successful strategic solutions.

“John’s 25-year, multifaceted career experience will allow him to make an immediate contribution to our clients and to our company. His prior industry experience at the COO/CFO level is not only a benefit to help strengthen our internal operations and financial systems, but his experience and perspective also plays an integral role in assisting our team review risk and insurance needs for our clients,” said Tom Precia, President and CEO.

Integrated Risk Hosts Seminar “Controlling Work Comp Medical Costs Without a Fee Schedule”

Four expert perspectives on managing the costs of worker’s compensation claims in the current Wisconsin environment were presented on May 10th as part of an on-going series of educational opportunities for Integrated Risk clients and partners.

Medical costs for workers compensation claims can be controlled through innovative treatment arrangements, careful case management and utilization of cutting-edge billing procedures, according to expert presenters at “Controlling Work Comp Medical Costs Without a Fee Schedule,” a free seminar hosted by Integrated Risk Solutions on May 10.

Integrated Risk Solutions Names Transportation Industry Expert as VP of Transportation

c0016-legg_carrie-101Integrated Risk Solutions is pleased to announce the promotion of Assistant Vice-President, Carrie Legg, to Vice President of Transportation-Production and Market Relations and to welcome her as a company shareholder.

Legg welcomes the opportunity to leverage her extensive risk management background to “play an integral part in advancing the Integrated Risk Solution’s mission to protect the security and Carrie Legg profitability of leading industry professionals.” A practiced member of the transportation community, she has dedicated her career to providing risk management support and solutions at all levels to large, innovative companies. Legg has invested in the success of her team from the time she joined Integrated Risk Solutions in 2008 as an Account Executive, focusing on the transportation industry. “Carrie’s industry expertise and leadership were apparent as she worked closely with clients to offer truly unique solutions to risk challenges,” said Tom Precia, President and CEO regarding Legg’s promotion.

Drawing on her 25-plus years of experience in risk management and insurance, Legg’s passion, energy, and talent for actively listening enable her to proactively identify and resolve challenges by means of solutions and risk finance objectives tailored to meet the specific needs of individual clients.

Legg’s service on the board of the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association for over 20 years makes her acutely aware of industry challenges. Her industry insight has also led her to be actively involved in several state and federal legislative issues and initiatives, including the following:

  • Working with industry leaders to ensure their voices are heard throughout government to protect the continued success of the transportation industry and businesses as a whole
  • Recruiting and mentoring business representatives to an Annual Call on Washington
  • Actively representing employers on workers’ compensation reform in Wisconsin

Carrie’s advocacy extends beyond the insurance and transportation industries. She regularly advocates for autism awareness as a member of the Autism Society of Wisconsin. Integrated Risk Solutions is proud to promote such an expert in the field and company investor to our executive team.

 

About Integrated Risk Solutions

Integrated Risk Solutions, Inc. is a commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits firm based in Waukesha, WI specializing in all areas of risk management consulting, commercial insurance brokerage, loss control engineering and claim management. Integrated Risk provides clients with customized services at every level of the risk process, transforming the traditional insurance procurement process (risk transfer) into a comprehensive plan that protects
both the people and assets of a company and allocates effective resources to control exposures to loss. At Integrated Risk “Protecting people is our passion” isn’t just a tagline, it’s the hallmark of their culture.

Integrated’s Peden and Seidl to speak at 2018 WNLA CONEX Show

Mike Peden and John Seidl will be presenters at the 2018 Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association CONEX Show on February 7th and 8th.  The Show takes place at the Wisconsin Expo Center Building at State Fair Park in West Allis, WI.  During the two day Show, Peden and Seidl will present sessions entitled “Overall Department of Transportation Intro”, What to Expect During a Roadside Inspection”, and “Cargo Securement and Vehicle Maintenance”.
Click HERE for session details & registration form.

The Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association ( WNLA ) serves the green industry and over 200 members, which include growers, landscapers, retailers and industry suppliers. The association plays a vital role in meeting the educational, informational, and legislative advocacy demands of a more technologically advanced industry, which serves a more knowledgeable and discriminating consumer.

Integrated Risk Hosts Seminar “A Hands-on Approach to Vehicle Maintenance”

Integrated Risk Solutions hosted a seminar on October 10th entitled “A Hands-On Approach to Vehicle Maintenance”.  The seminar, held at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, was attended by over 90 participants.  Integrated’s John Seidl presented an overview of FMCSA Parts 393 and 396 as well as an update on ELD compliance and timelines.  The maintenance focused seminar included a trip to the Kenosha Scale to observe enforcement operations as well as a hands on inspection of a tractor/trailer by State Patrol Inspectors.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors Airoldi Brothers and BMO Harris Bank for their generous support and partnership!  Thanks also to Kutzler Express for providing the tractor/trailer to inspect (no violations noted!).

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John Tindall of Integrated Risk Solutions to participate as panelist in WMC Policy Day 2017

John Tindall, Integrated Risk Solutions Director of Client Claim Advocacy, will participate in Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Policy Day 2017 as a panelist discussing worker’s compensation legislation.

Policy Day 2017, being held in Madison on August 16th, provides business owners with cutting-edge information on local, state and federal policy. Featuring multiple tracks on different topics plus general session speakers, industry leaders will explore how various policy proposals will impact business.

“I’m honored to represent Integrated Risk Solutions at this premier event,” Tindall said. “Several key players are very active in Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation policy. Business leaders who want to stay at the forefront of these issues will get crucial information.”

For more information on WMC Policy Day 2017, and to register, visit https://www.wmc.org/event/wmc-policy-conference/.