WCIS eNews No. 75
Nov. 4, 2009

WCIS proposed regulations

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has proposed an update to regulations for the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS).  The proposed regulations will update the two WCIS implementation guides (the California EDI Implementation Guide for First and Subsequent Reports of Injury and the California EDI Implementation Guide for Medical Bill Payment Records), refine claim information that must be electronically reported, and clarify the process for medical lien reporting.

The proposed regulations will increase the time for filing the first report of injury (from five business days to ten) and relax some data edits to allow easier transmission of claim information with fewer submission rejections.  The proposal is posted on the DWC website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/WCIS_Regs/WCIS_Regulations.htm and has been forwarded to the Office of Administrative Law for publication in the California Notice Registry.  A public hearing on the regulations is scheduled for:

Date: Dec. 15, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or conclusion of testimony
Place: Elihu Harris State Office Building – Auditorium
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, California 94612

Members of the public may comment on the proposed regulations until 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2009.  Details concerning opportunities to provide input at the hearing as well as ways to provide written comments are available on the DWC website: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/WCIS_Regs/WCIS_Regulations.htm.

WCIS Trading Partner contacts:

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

Kenneth Kong
email: kkong@dir.ca.gov
phone: 510-286-6753
fax: 510-286-6862
Trading Partner Letters C, G, H, M, P-R

Johnny Lee
email: jblee@dir.ca.gov
phone: 510-286-6772
fax: 510-286-6862
Trading Partner Letters A, I-L, S-V, Z

Contents of this bulletin do not change existing regulatory requirements; they provide additional or revised detail about the technical implementation of those requirements. All technical changes will subsequently be reflected in other WCIS documentation. Any bulletin can be forwarded as needed, but should be forwarded in its entirety and without modification. If you have received a forwarded copy of this bulletin and are concerned about its authenticity, you can view this and previous bulletins on our WCIS web site: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/wcis.htm.

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