Department of Labor and Industry

2010 Meeting Information

2010 Meeting Information

Advisory Council Meeting – December 15, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes

Analysis of Changes To The Montana Medical Fee Schedule To Be Effective January 1, 2011 As Proposed On November 12, 2010 (NCCI)
Key Elements in Consensus Comprehensive Package (ERD staff)
Proposed Changes to LC 255 (LMAC bill)
Estimated Cost Impact of Workers' Compensation Changes, May 24, 2010 (ERD Staff)
Estimated Cost Impact of Workers' Compensation Changes, December 15, 2010
WorkSafeMT Articles of Incorporation (rev. December 2010)
WorkSafeMT Bylaws (rev. December 2010)
Workers' Compensation Fraud, 12/13/2010 (Ann Clayton, WC consultant)
Letter from International Association of Firefighters

Advisory Council Subcommittee Meeting – December 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Employment Relations Division, Helena

Agenda
Minutes
Cost-Neutral PPD Formula Proposal With Spreadsheet (Frank Neuhauser, WC consultant, ERD staff)
Estimated Cost Impact of Workers' Compensation Changes, May 24, 2010 (ERD staff)

Advisory Council Subcommittee Meeting – December 2, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Employment Relations Division, Helena

Agenda
Information Sheet for Permanent Partial Disability Wage Loss (ERD staff)
Cost-Neutral PPD Formula Proposal (Frank Neuhauser, WC consultant)
Current and Proposed Wage Loss Replacement Rates (Frank Neuhauser, WC consultant)

Advisory Council Subcommittee Meeting – November 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Employment Relations Division, Helena

Agenda
Outline
PPD Review (Ann Clayton, WC Consultant)

Advisory Council Meetings – November 16, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes

LMAC Workplan and Comprehensive Issues Package
Wage Loss Study - Montana (Frank Neuhauser, WC Consultant)
Workers' Compensation Fraud: Comparisons with Other States/Montana Fraud Prevention Efforts
Information Sheet for Presumptive Illness (ERD Staff)
Cancer Risk Among Firefighters (article)
WorkSafeMT Revised Articles or Incorporation
WorkSafeMT Revised Bylaws
Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Schedule Rules

Advisory Council Meetings – September 14, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Big Sky

Agenda
Minutes
LMAC Workplan as of August 15, 2010
LMAC Calendar as of September 7, 2010
NCCI Cost Estimates: Medical Fee Schedules, September 10, 2010
Estimated Cost Impact of Workers' Compensation Changes, May 24, 2010 (ERD staff)
Comparison of NCCI-Employee Relations Division Analysis (Kris Wilkinson, Legislative Fiscal Analyst staff, presented August 19, 2010 to Economic Affairs Interim Committee)
Workers' Compensation Fraud (Deborah Butler, Assistant Attorney General)

Advisory Council Meeting - August 16, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes

LMAC Workplanning – Exemptions
States' Comparison of Covered Employees
National Commission Recommendations for Coverage Comparison
Workers' Compensation Coverage Exemptions (Ann Clayton, WC consultant)
White paper(7/12/2010)
Presentation (7/21/2020)
LMAC Workplanning – Fraud
Workers' Compensation Fraud (Ann Clayton, 11/17/2009)
Fraud presentation to Economic Affairs Interim Committee (5/26/2010) (Ben Jones, Montana State Fund)
Economic Affairs Interim Committee Panel Discussion (5/26/2010): Larry Jones, Liberty Northwest; Jerry Keck, Department of Labor and Industry; Nancy Butler, Montana State Fund; Ann Komack, Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority; Ali Bovington, Attorney General's Office (link to audio minutes)
LMAC Workplanning – Presumptive Illness
LMAC articles/research on presumptive illness
LMAC Workplanning – Independent Medical Examiners
Summary IME and Impairment Rating Medical Provider Fees (ERD staff)
IME and Impairment Rating Provider Fees Summary (ERD staff)
LMAC Comprehensive Package Draft Statutory Language (as of 8/10/10)

Advisory Council Conference Call - July·30, 9:00 am-10:30 am

Agenda
Minutes
LMAC Comprehensive Package Draft Statutory Language (revised 7/30/10) (Judy Bovington, DLI attorney, Diana Ferriter, Claims Assistance Bureau Chief)

Advisory Council Meeting –July 21-22, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes

LMAC Comprehensive Package Draft Statutory Language(revised) (Judy Bovington, DLI attorney, Diana Ferriter, Claims Assistance Bureau Chief)
Attorney Fees on Medical Disputes For Comparator States
MT Workers' Compensation Annual Report(Diana Ferriter)
Utilization and Treatment Guidelines Draft Rules(Lea Coles, DLI attorney)
Measuring the Adequacy and Equity of Montana's Wage Loss Benefits(Frank Neuhauser, WC consultant)
Workers' Compensation Coverage Exemptions (Ann Clayton, WC consultant)

Advisory Council Meeting –June 23, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes

Labor-Management Advisory Council Proposals to the Economic Affairs Interim Committee (draft statutory language)
Key Elements of LMAC Comprehensive Package Coordinated with Draft Statutory Language
Revised Table of Contents for LMAC Proposals to EAIC (draft statutory language) Coordinated with Key Elements in LMAC Comprehensive Package

Advisory Council Meeting – May 18-19, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes

Average Earnings Losses Are Mostly Proportional to Ratings
Impact of AMA 6th Edition
Proportion Between Ratings and Losses Varies by Type of Injury

Estimated Cost Impact of Workers' Compensation Changes(Frank Neuhauser, ERD staff)
Analysis of Montana's Labor Managment Advisory Committee (LMAC) Draft Statutory Changes for Benefits Options 4-15-10 Meeting (National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc.)
Impact of Changing the Fee Schedules Relative to Medicare Reimbursement(Frank Neuhauser, ERD staff)
Implement an "Early Return to Work" Model (Ann Clayton)
Montana Workers' Compensation Stay at Work/Return to Work Process (Ann Clayton)
Draft statutory language for Stay at Work/Return to Work (Department of Labor and Industry legal staff)
LMAC Efficient Benefits Distribution(4/16/2010) (Jason Swant, WorkSafeMT)
Draft statutory language for course and scope (1/19/2010) (Department of Labor and Industry legal staff)
Draft statutory language for claim closure (1/19/2010) (Department of Labor and Industry legal staff)
Draft statutory language for settlements (Department of Labor and Industry legal staff)
Draft statutory language for provider access/attorneys (4/16/2010) (Department of Labor and Industry legal staff)
Ombudsman survey (ERD staff)
Use of AMA Guides by State
Draft statutory language for benefits options (Department of Labor and Industry legal staff)
Efficient Benefit Delivery Proposal for Discussion (from March 18-19 LMAC meetings)

Advisory Council Meeting – Tuesday, May 4, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Red Lion Colonial Inn, Helena

Agenda
Minutes
Estimated Cost Impact of Workers' Compensation Changes
(ERD staff)
Explanation of Cost Estimates (ERD staff)
TTD Claims Capped at 100% of SAWW/PPD Claims Capped at 50% of SAWW (ERD staff)
Impairment Rating Analyses (ERD staff)
Return-to-Work in Workers' Compensation Cases (Ann Clayton, Ann Clayton & Associates)

Advisory Council Meeting – Friday, April 16, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes
Estimated Impact of Utilization and Treatment Guidelines on Employers' Cost
(Frank Neuhauser, WC consultant)
 

Advisory Council Subcommittee Meeting – Thursday, April 15, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Claim Closure/Settlements Subcommittee

Provider Access Subcommittee
Medical Provider Survey (Ryan Morton, WC Analyst, Employment Relations Division)

Benefits Subcommittee

Advisory Council Meeting – Friday, March 19, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes

 

Advisory Council Subcommittee Meeting – Thursday, March 18, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Red Lion Colonial, Helena

Agenda
Claims Closure/Settlement Subcommittee Minutes
Benefits Subcommittee Minutes

Does Montana have High WC Costs and Low Benefits? (Ann Clayton, Ann Clayton & Associates)

Overview of Benefit Adequacy in Workers' Compensation (Ann Clayton)
Provider Access Subcommittee Minutes

 

Advisory Council Meeting – Thursday, February 18, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes

Cost Drivers: Duration, Frequency, Medical

LMAC Workplan and Comprehensive Issues Package as of January 25, 2010
Workers' Compensation System Overview-Montana (NCCI, January 2010)
Comments and Response to Workers' Compensation System Overview-Montana (Jerry Keck, Mike Taylor, February 2010)

 

Advisory Council Subcommittee Meetings – Wednesday, February 17, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Claims Closure/Settlement Subcommittee Minutes
Benefits Subcommittee Minutes
Attorney Fees Subcommittee Minutes

Advantages and Concerns Involving the Settlement of Future Medical Treatment (Frank Neuhauser)

The Closure Effect: Evidence from Workers' Compensation Litigation (Henry Hyatt, U.S. Bureau of the Census)
Analysis of Montana's Labor Management Advisory Committee(LMAC) Settlement Proposal (NCCI, January·2010)
Analysis of Montana's Labor Management Advisory Committee(LMAC) Claim Closure Proposal (NCCI, January·2010)
Case Law Review - Medical Disputes (Kristie Wolter, Mediator, Employment Relations Division)
Lost Wage Benefit Structure and Payments (Ann Clayton, Ann Clayton & Associates)
Recommendations on Improving Montana's Benefit Structure (Ann Clayton)

 

Advisory Council Meeting – January 19, 2010, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Agenda
Minutes
LMAC Workplan and Comprehensive Issues Package

Presentations for the January 20-21st Economic Affairs Interim Committee by Ann Clayton

Overview of Workers' Compensation Benefits (Ann Clayton, Ann Clayton & Associates)
LMAC Subcommittee Recommendations:

 

Advisory Council Subcommittee Meeting – January 11, 2010, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Employment Relations Division, 1805 Prospect Avenue, Helena, Conference Room A-B

Agenda
Minutes