WCIS eNews No. 65
April 12, 2007

Annual WCIS advisory committee meeting

All stakeholders are invited to attend the 2007 meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) advisory committee. The WCIS has been up and running for over seven years, and we now have nearly 5.75 million workers’ compensation claims represented in the database.

At the upcoming Monday, Jun. 18 meeting of the committee, we will give a WCIS status report. Additionally, we will discuss plans for maintenance and further development of the system.

Monday, Jun. 18, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Elihu Harris State Building Auditorium
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, California 94612

A tentative meeting agenda is attached for your information. If there are any topics that you would like to add to the agenda, please email them to Bill Kahley at bkahley@dir.ca.gov. To facilitate discussion, some materials that will be reviewed at the meeting will be posted to the WCIS website during the week before the meeting. You can view and download these documents by going to http://www.dir.ca.gov/DWC/WCIS.htm and then scrolling to “WCIS advisory committee materials”.

Please email Ms. Dawn Bailey at dbailey@dir.ca.gov to let us know whether you or someone from your organization will be able to attend the June meeting. You may wish to have a technical representative as well as someone from the program side.

Grace period for reporting medical lien payments

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will allow claims administrators until Jul. 1, 2007 to begin reporting medical lien payment information to the WCIS. Claims administrators are required to electronically report billing data for medical services in compliance with International Association of Industrial Accident Boards & Commissions (IAIABC) standards, which now have incorporated reporting procedures when medical bills in dispute are settled in lump sum payments.

The WCIS will follow the IAIABC-approved standard for processing medical lien payments (see IRR: MED547R1.0). Following the IAIABC standard, the DWC is granting a grace period for reporting medical lien payments, until Jul. 1, 2007. The DWC intends to offer WebEx training on the IAIABC medical lien reporting guidelines later this spring. Details will be announced in an upcoming eNews and posted on the WCIS website.

Elisema Cantu
email: ecantu@dir.ca.gov
phone: 510-286-6763
fax: 510-286-6862
Trading partner letters B, D-F, N, O, W-Y

Damon Chen
email: dcchen@dir.ca.gov
phone: 510-286-6753
fax: 510-286-6862
Trading partner letters C, G, H, M, P-

Johnny Lee
phone: 510-286-6772
fax: 510-286-6862
Trading partner letters A, I-L, S-V, Z

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