Workers' Compensation

Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Announcements

bullet Reminder – Records Requests: Please note that if you are a registered user of WCAIS and are listed in WCAIS as an interested party on a claim, you can access and print the records directly by accessing the claim through the WCAIS System on demand. By viewing and printing your documents through WCAIS, you can access the requested information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are not registered to use the WCAIS system, you can register by visiting the WCAIS website at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/wcais. Click the "User Registration" tab.
bullet WC Forms June 30, 2014, Mandate: The BWC WCAIS Team is currently evaluating the process for the use of revised BWC forms that require signatures, such as agreements and supplemental agreements, in relation to the previously announced June 30, 2014, use date.

Until further determination has been communicated, the bureau will continue to accept the pre-WCAIS and post-WCAIS version of a form that requires the claimant's signature, such as agreements and supplemental agreements. Note that this applies only to BWC forms. The most recent revised WCOA forms as available on the website must still be submitted.

Please also note that BWC forms will only be returned if there is no EDI transaction filed to establish a claim. Thank you for your attention concerning this matter.
bullet Attorneys Updating Interested Party Information: Please use the new LIBC-113 Interested Party Update Request Form to update parties, names, addresses and unique identifiers (FEIN, SSN, etc.) for interested parties in a matter. Submit completed forms to the judge or judge's secretary at the commencement of a hearing or via mail/email anytime upon receipt of party information requiring an update. If at the appeal level, please provide the form with any changes to WCAB Secretary William Trusky.

The Interested Party Update Request Form, along with instructions for completing the form, can be downloaded from the WCOA Forms Spreadsheet.
bullet The 2013 Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Annual Report is now available online.
bullet The 13th Annual Workers' Compensation Conference was held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center June 2-3, 2014. Conference handouts are available here.
bullet Message to insurance community regarding incorrect claim conversions and proper reporting of Social Security Numbers.
bullet Attorneys Filing UEGF Notices of Claims: In addition to filing your UEGF LIBC-551 Notice of Claim online, you must also submit hard copies to the Department containing the Claimant's original signature. Department policy requires that notice to the Department be provided by mail, as set forth in 34 Pa. Code § 123.802, which states: "Notice to the Fund shall consist of completing and mailing the [Notice]..." and "[t]he Notice will be deemed filed as of the date of the Notice's deposit in the United States Mail... ."

Notices filed solely online will not be processed if hard copies containing the Claimant's original signature are not also filed with the Department. Mail hard copies to the addresses listed on the Notice of Claim.
bullet The Bureau of Workers' Compensation is suspending the 2013 Annual Claim Status Report. This decision is based on discussions with, and feedback from, the workers' compensation community. The bureau retains the right to reinstate future reports, as necessary.

In an effort to meet the needs of stakeholders while ensuring compliance with the workers' compensation law, the bureau encourages you to continue to file appropriate and timely EDI transactions to avoid the need for reinstatement of the ACSR. If you haven't already done so, please submit SROI URs for all legacy claims. (Information regarding Claims EDI Release 3 is available here.)

Send questions regarding the ACSR to: RA-CMDEDI@pa.gov.
bullet The Bureau of Workers' Compensation has published the final version of the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Claims Implementation Guide and its supporting documents on the Workers' Compensation Automation & Integration System (WCAIS) project website at www.dli.state.pa.us/wcais. The final version of the guide provides technical information, procedures and explanations to help claims administrators prepare and navigate future EDI processes.
bullet General workers' compensation information for injured workers now available in Spanish. Información general sobre la compensación de los empleados para aquellos empleados que han sufrido accidentes/lesiones en el trabajo está disponible en Español.
bullet WC FORMS NOTICE: The workers' compensation forms listed on the Department of Labor & Industry website are provided for your immediate use. However, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication require their use on the effective dates noted on the website. Previous versions of these forms submitted after their effective dates will not be accepted and will be returned to the filing party.
bullet The statewide average weekly wage for injuries occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2014 is $932.00 per week and represents an increase of 1.6 percent from 2013.Additional information on the statewide average weekly wage is available here.
bullet Effective close of business October 11, 2013, the Hazleton Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication, located at 1201A North Church Street, Suite 203, Hazle Township, PA, 18101, will permanently close. Business will no longer be conducted at this site, mail will be forwarded to the Pottsville Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication (WCOA) and phone calls will be forwarded to the Pottsville Office for a period of six months.

Cases will be heard in either Wilkes-Barre, Pottsville or Bloomsburg.

Contact information for the Pottsville WCOA is listed below:

112 South Claude A. Lord Blvd.
2nd Floor
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: 570-621-3146
bullet The finalized 21-Day Compliance Report for 2013 is now available.
bullet 2014 National Safety Council (NSC) Training Offered
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To arrange Safety Committee Training, please contact the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Health & Safety division at 717-772-1635 or email Ra-li-bwc-SAFETY@pa.gov.
bullet Utilization Review Announcement: A Utilization Review Request may now be filed online through WCAIS. When filing, it is important to remember that the request must be filed within 30 days of the receipt of the bill and report that pertain to the start date of the treatment submitted for utilization review. If filing by paper, please use the LIBC-601 (REV 11-13).
bullet Fee Review Announcement: Appeals of fee review determinations to a hearing officer should be filed on the Request for Hearing to Contest Fee Review Determination, form LIBC-606. Appeals will be heard by workers' compensation judges who have been specially appointed as fee review hearing officers. The form, and additional information, is available here.
bullet Notice Regarding Applications for Fee Review: Please note that with the inception of WCAIS, an application for Fee Review can now be filed online as well as by paper. If filing by paper, please utilize forms LIBC-507 and LIBC-9 with REV 9/13. Additional information about the application for fee review is available.
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Please note that the Bureau of Workers' Compensation does not issue certificates of non-insurance. To obtain a certificate of non-insurance, contact the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau, United Plaza Building, Suite 1500, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-4007, Phone: 215-568-2371.
bullet Attention workers' compensation medical providers and repricers: Read the bureau's statement of purpose of adoption of usual and customary charge reference.
bullet Are you a Pennsylvania employer performing work in Ohio? Find out why you must have Ohio workers' compensation coverage for your employees.
bullet PA Employer WC Insurance Info. is now available.
bullet Current versions of Pennsylvania's various workers' compensation Rules and Regulations and Statements of Policy are available.
bullet Attention PA Employers: Required Workplace Posters are available free of charge from the Department of Labor & Industry.
bullet In order to comply with federal regulations, changes were made to Unemployment Compensation (UC) Chapter 61 regulations, which took effect February 12, 2011. See, 34 Pa. Code Section 61.25, "Confidentiality of Information and Fees," which contains provisions which limit the use of unemployment compensation information in courts. Section 61.25 (a)(2) is the rule of confidentiality of information and discusses the issue of competent evidence, while (a)(3) enumerates permissible disclosures of unemployment compensation information. These changes will impact requests from workers' compensation practitioners. Text of Chapter 61 is available here.
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