Looking to the Future
WILG works hard looking to the future of both workers’ compensation and your practice. We want to help you achieve amazing results for your clients and run a smooth practice. As a result, we are spending this summer planning for the future. We do this by keeping on top of workers' compensation hot topics and trends, and then mold that information so that WILG is helping our members practices.
WILG relies heavily on its members to help identified hot topics and workers’ compensation trends. The main way we do this is through our twice-yearly membership surveys, which we do mid-year and at the end of the year. We are currently in the middle of our mid-year survey, and could really use your help. Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/18MidYearSurvey and fill out the survey letting us know what is happening in workers’ compensation in your state.
The information gathered from these surveys are complied to help our committees achieve your goals. This includes creating resources for you to use in your states, developing task forces to monitor issues and presenting information to the public through a multitude of presentations and press interviews. Most of this information is funneled through our Strategic Summit Committee, which is responsible for looking to the future of workers' compensation and seeing how WILG can help shape the law so it is favorable to workers. The Strategic Summit Committee helps decide what issues are the most important and focus our resources to those issues. They also organize our taskforces, which take an in-depth look at an issue and develop member resources. Right now two of our most active taskforces are on ‘opioids/pain management’ and the ‘gig economy.’ These taskforces are in the process of creating model legislation on opioids and developing strategies for dealing with employment contracts that seek to exclude workers from workers’ compensation coverage. Here is an article our ‘gig economy’ task force is considering about Amazon’s use of independent contractors. WILG’s taskforces rely on active member participation. If you are interested in joining one of these committees, please let email@example.com know and she will help get you in touch with the appropriate chair.
As a result of member concerns, WILG is working on addressing your concern with Medicare Set Asides and Medicare Secondary Payor Act. This month, the Senate introduced S. 3079, the Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreements Act, by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Bill Nelson (D-FL). This bill is a direct result of WILG’s work on with a coalition of workers’ compensation stakeholders to come up with a consensus bill that will provide finality and predictability to the Medicare reimbursement process. The legislation would establish clear criteria to determine MSA amounts, provide a right of appeal when the parties disagree with CMS and allow direct payment of MSA moneys to CMS when desired.
WILG will also be presenting nationally about the hot topics and trends identified in your survey answers. Upcoming presentations include WorkCompCentral’s Panel Discussion on Pain (July 12, 2018), the Montana Governor’s Conference on Workers’ Compensation (August 23, 2018) and the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) Annual Conference (October 1-4, 2018). This information also is key in helping us plan germane sessions for our Annual Convention and regional conferences. This year’s Annual Convention is being held at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas, October 29 to 31st. You can sign up now at https://www.wilg.org/index.cfm?pg=AnnualConvention.
WILG also heard many of our members express concerns about office management issues during our recent ‘Firm Focus’ surveys. We are currently setting up various programs to help you address this hot topic. Over the next few months we will be releasing some exciting new member benefits that will help you run your practice more effectively, including economical options for health care and human resources services. We also are making sure our conferences and webinars include a broad spectrum of topics on office management topics. This will allow you to take your membership dollars and transform them into added value for your office.
As always, thank you for all your hard work standing up for injured workers. You are the heart and blood of this great organization.
Amie C. Peters
Blue Water Legal PLLC
PO Box 83
Edmonds, WA 98020
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