Save the Date! The 21st Bureau of Workers' Compensation Education Conference will be conducted June 6-8, 2018
This year’s conference will once again be conducted at the beautiful Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Conference and hotel registration will open soon. It will feature speakers from across the state and across the continent.
- Dr. Marcos Iglesias, Sr. VP and Chief Medical officer for Broadspire will discuss disability prevention intervention that addresses injured workers’ psychosocial risk factors
- Kevin Glennon, VP, Clinical Programs for One Call Care Management will present “Managing the Needs of the Aging Injured Worker”
- Jessica Stollings, President of ReGenerations, will present “The Generational Advantage” From Conflict to Competitive Edge”
- Terry Bryson, Vice President, Motlow State Community College will discuss the impact that technology, robotics and artificial intelligence is having on the worksite and injury reduction
Watch this space for registration information!
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Bureau to host Education Seminar for Physicians and Attorneys
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation are jointly sponsoring a special educational conference for physicians and attorneys focusing on medical topics of particular importance to physicians, attorneys, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical and administrative staff. The conference is directed to physicians, attorneys, medical and administrative staff and other professionals who are interested in medical determinations involving Tennessee Workers’ Compensation claims.
Registration is open for the conference which will be conducted Saturday March 24, 2018 at the Sheraton Music City. A block of rooms has been reserved at the conference hotel at the rate of $162, available 3 days prior and post based on availability. Rooms will be held through February 23, 2018, unless this block becomes fully reserved prior to this date and may be reserved here.
New Rules for the Drug Free Workplace Program will go into effect on May 6, 2018
Highlights of the new rules include easier to understand language, point of collection testing procedures, clear instructions on how to handle an employee's inability to provide or refusal to provide a sample, Employee and Employer Protections, and suggestions for all required training. As part of the revisions to the Program, a new Employer Implementation Guide and a template for a Substance Abuse Policy Statement have been added to the Program's website.
The new Form SD-2, the replacement form for the current Statisical Data Form SD-1, will go into effect May 6, 2018
The new rules will require a SD-2 Form to be filed with the Bureau in all claims that conclude by settlement or are resolved by trial, including settlements that close future medical benefits or benefits provided after the expiration of the initial compensation period.
Designation of Insurance Rate Service Organization
The Insurance Rate Service Organization designated for Bureau purposes that include the filing of insurance policy provisions and coverages and the determination of job classifications for applicable Bureau Rules is the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)
e-Billing Rules to become effective July 1, 2018
Legislative Changes Have Been Made to Workers' Compensation
A general overview regarding the workers’ compensation legislation passed by the 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly is available for your convenience. Governor Haslam signed Public Chapter 344 into law on May 9, 2017, and it became effective upon signing. For a complete, detailed review of this information and all workers’ compensation bills introduced in this legislative session, please visit www.capitol.tn.gov.