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The Adjuster Certification Training, class is full

Please stay tuned to this page for further announcements on upcoming classes, thank you! 

Registration is now open for the 21st WC Educational Conference

Registration is now open for the 21st WC Educational Conference. The theme for this year's conference is "Building a Better Tomorrow" and it will be conducted one week earlier than in the past - June 6-8, 2018. 

Sessions will delve into the changing dynamics taking place in the workplace - multi generations in the same workforce, increased use of robots and Artifical Intelligence, aging workers and their needs, the need to approach claims handling differently based on demographics - are jus a few topics.

REMEMBER, we have moved to the beautiful and spacious Embassy Suites Nashville SE - Murfreesboro. This site has much more space for attendees, exhibitors, and breakout sessions as well as tons of FREE PARKING! We have arranged a special conference hotel rate of $161.00 per night, available by calling 615-890-4464 and asking for the "TWC" conference rate or by clicking here. Continuing Education applications have been submitted tor attorneys (CLE), human resource professionals (SHRM) and rehabilitation providers (CRC, CDMS, CCM) including applications for the three hours of dual CLE credits required annually for Tennessee attorneys!

New General Workers' Compensation Rules and Rules for the voluntary Adjuster Certification Program will go into effect May 31, 2018

Highlights of the General Workers' Compensation Rules include less time for providing medical panels, clearer language regarding walk-in/urgent care facilities on panels, and the use of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in treatment. Highlights of the Adjuster Certification Rules include opportunites for adjusters and adjusting entities to achieve recognition from the Bureau and their ability to distinguish themselves from their competitors by participating in training offered by Bureau staff.

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. Beginning on May 6, 2018, employers will be able to conduct point-of-collection testing for job applicants that have been offered a conditional offer of employment. The devices must meet the same testing standards as required by the US Department of Transportation and SAMSHA and be approved by the Bureau.

The new Form SD-2, the replacement form for the current Statistical 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.

e-Billing Rules to become effective July 1, 2018

Medical Fee Schedule Rules go into effect February 25, 2018

The new rules are for services rendered on or after February 25, 2018 regardless of the date of injury. the Bureau has produced a recap of the changes to help explain the changes.

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BWC Kingsport, TN office relocates to Gray, TN

From February 22nd until February 28th, the staff of the Bureau's Kingsport office will be temporarily working in the Career Center located at 206 High Point Road in Johnson City. Effective March 1, the staff will relocate to its new offices located at 5788 Bobby Hicks Highway, Gray, Tennessee 37615-3190. This relocation will require new phone numbers for the office and staff.

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)

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.

Historical Maximum and Minimum Comp Rate Table