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Beginning July 1, 2017, all Department of Workers’ Claims (DWC) submissions must be made in electronic format via the DWC’s Litigation Managment System (LMS).  However, due to the ongoing development of the capacity of the LMS to receive and process settlement agreements in electronic format, the DWC will continue, until further notice, to accept Form 110 Settlement Agreements in paper format subsequent to July 1, 2017.

electronic-filingThe DWC has announced that per 803 KAR 25:010 Section 3(1)(b), effective July 1, 2017, it will no longer accept paper filings.  All filings will need to be submitted via Litigation Management System LMS.

Workers’ Compensation Board Member Position

The Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a position on the Workers’ Compensation Board. This is a full-time position for a term expiring on January 4, 2019.   The appointee shall not hold any other public office.

An applicant for the Workers’ Compensation Board Member position must be an attorney and must have the qualifications required of an Appeals Court Judge (except for residence in a district), shall receive the same salary and shall be subject to the same standards of conduct.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKERS’ CLAIMS IN FRANKFORT ON OR BEFORE 4:30 PM (EDT) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014.  APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THAT TIME WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  Applications must clearly state the desire to be considered for the Workers’ Compensation Board position. Interested parties are required to send one original resume, along with a cover letter containing an e-mail address, to the attention of Brenda Majcher, Nominating Commission Clerk, Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims, Prevention Park, 657 Chamberlin Avenue, Frankfort, KY  40601.  Questions may be directed to Ms. Majcher at 502-782-4439 or brenda.majcher@ky.gov.

Administrative Law Judge Position

The Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill an unexpired term as Administrative Law Judge for the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims.  The term will begin January 1, 2015, and will expire December 31, 2017.  This is a full-time position and appointee shall not hold any other public office or maintain any private practice.

Applicants for the Administrative Law Judge position must be licensed attorneys and must have five (5) years experience in the Commonwealth in the practice of workers’ compensation law or a related field and extensive knowledge of workers’ compensation law [KRS 342.230(3)].  The salary to be paid is that of a Circuit Court Judge.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE FRANKFORT OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKERS’ CLAIMS ON OR BEFORE 4:30 PM (EDT) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THAT TIME WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  Applications must clearly state the desire to be considered for the Administrative Law Judge position.  Interested parties are required to send one original resume, along with a cover letter containing an e-mail address, to the attention of Brenda Majcher, Nominating Commission Clerk, Department of Workers’ Claims, 657 Chamberlin Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky  40601.  Questions may be directed to Mrs. Majcher at (502) 782-4439 or brenda.majcher@ky.gov.

FROM THE DWC:

“Online Order Capability for Kentucky Medical Fee Schedule!

“The Department of Workers’ Claims is pleased to announce a new online feature for submitting/paying for the Medical Fee Schedule for Physicians! This allows you to request and purchase a Kentucky Medical Fee Schedule in an online environment. Once your order is received and payment processed, your item(s) will be shipped to you within 1-3 business days. You may still utilize the traditional form and mail in your order if you so choose. We look forward to serving you! Please click the following link to place your order:

https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/WorkersComp/Physicians “

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“When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years after it happens anywhere else.” – Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

From the DWC: The Open Records Online Request Service is currently experiencing technical difficulties. They are “working on the issue” and harbor the hope to have the system working again soon. They advise If you need to submit a request, fax them (Hello, again, 1984) at 502-564-5732.

The online records request service has only been operational for a short period of time.  Its usefulness, since that time, has been inconsistent.

old officeThe Kentucky DWC, after a bit of a delay (15 years, perhaps?), finally has its online records search up and running. We at OUCH! originally thought the records system would allow for actual online viewing of the records. Uhhhhh, no. The new system is really nothing more than a glorification of the original fax-a-request that has long been the procedure for obtaining claims information from the DWC. In fact, it is probably not much slower and it is certainly less of a hassle to fax a request and receive the invoice, write a check and then receive the documents. The whole process requires two tasks on the part of the requester and takes approximately 3-4 days even with snail mail delivery of the documents.

With the so-called new and improved online method, one has to first sign up for an account (and remember to make a note of the username and password), make the request, wait for the request to be processed, receive an e-mail saying the request is being processed, wait to receive an invoice via e-mail, go back to the website to pay the invoice (with credit card only) and then wait to receive a link via e-mail to the records. The DWC estimates a 4-5 day turnaround for all of this.

When your records are available, they arrive via a link to a .zip file and are merely unlabeled individual .pdf files, so one has to click on each document to see what it is. To look easily at the documents at once, it is necessary to combine the documents into one .pdf file, and that requires software that can perform such a task.

We will just stick with the old method. Good try, DWC, but no thanks.

UPDATE 10/23/12:  The Ky. DWC now advises the plan to provide an online open records system by November 1, 2012 has been delayed due to technical difficulties.  They now predict the records will be accessible by December 1, 2012.

Finally, from the Ky. Department of Workers’ Claims:

“The Department of Workers’ Claims is excited to offer an Online Open Records System available to you November 1, 2012. This online system will allow you to purchase records via credit card in an online environment and allow for electronic retrieval of documents. This has long been a goal of the Department of Workers’ Claims and we are pleased to make it a reality!

“The Department will continue to process faxed and mailed requests in the *traditional fashion. The pricing is going to change to allow us to provide this service to you; please note the updated price per page rates for all requests.

$0.15 per page/ computer copies plus $2.50 processing fee per request
$0.75 per page/ microfilm requests plus $5.00 processing fee per request
$5.00 per request for certification
4% per request processed online (processing fee for credit card payments)

*Postage will be charged for mailed and faxed requests as in the past. As well, we will continue to accept the same forms of payment for traditionally filed requests, which are checks, money orders and cash.”

UPDATE:  Governor Steve Beshear has rejected the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission’s recommendation to re-appoint ALJs Richard Joiner and  Caroline Pitt Clark.

The Ky. Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission has recommended ALJ Caroline Pitt Clark and Otto Daniel Wolff for reappointment as administrative law judges.  ALJ Joseph W. Justice has advised he will not be seeking another term.

The Louisville DWC Hearing office has been closed for the day after the building was evacuated due to a chemical odor which made several people ill.  Click here for Fox 41’s coverage.

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The DWC has announced that the mileage reimbursement rate from January 2010 through March 2010 is 41 cents. 

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