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Notices Archive: Calendar Year 2005

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December 2005

The Medical Fee Guide: Regulations & Information page is updated, The Commission will hold an open meeting on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 for consideration of the Medical Fee Guide Committee recommendations, 2006 Compensation Rates are posted, The Employee Claim Form C-1 is now available as a WCC WebForm, The MD WCC FY 2005 Annual Report is available for download, Workers' Compensation Law of Maryland Annotated" is no longer available for sale by the Commission, the WCC is closed Monday, December 26, 2005 in observance of Christmas Day and Monday, January 2, 2006 in observance of New Year's Day.

November 2005The Workers' Compensation Commission is closed Thursday and Friday, November 24-25, 2005 in observance of Thanksgiving Day, COMAR: 14.09.01.31 effective December 8, 2005 establishes the hours of business of the Commission are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excepting legal holidays, Amendment to COMAR: 14.09.01.12(B) effective November 12, 2005 requires medical information be exchanged not later than five (5) days prior to a hearing, The Commission has changed the procedures that MUST be followed when issues are withdrawn, The Workers' Compensation Commission is closed Friday, November 11th in observance of Veterans' Day.
October 2005

Commissioner R. Karl Aumann is named Chairman of the Commission, The Workers' Compensation Commission is closed Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day. WFMS Online Services is selected as a winner for a Best of the Web Award by the Center for Digital Government, Workers' Compensation Research Institute Highlights Maryland WC Benchmarks in November 9th Briefing

September 2005Implementation of the Regulatory Review and Evaluation Act, Workers' compensation in the Courts of Appeals is updated, Proposed amendments to COMAR 14.09.03.01 (Guide of Medical and Surgical Fees) are withdrawn,  The open meeting (re:COMAR 14.09.03.01) scheduled for October 14, 2005 at 8:30 am has been cancelled, all 10/14/05 hearings scheduled for 11:00 am will begin at  9:30 am.,  The Workers' Compensation Commission will hold a Special Open Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. in Hearing Room 447, 10 East Baltimore Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202, the Commission welcomes its two newest Commissioners R. Karl Aumann and Kenneth G. Macleay, Proposed Regulation .31 (Hours of Business) under COMAR 14.09.01 (Procedural  Regulations), The Commission will present at the 2005 MWCEA Conference, The MD WCC Form Subpoena/Subpoena Duces Tecum (WCC H-08, 09/01/05) has been revised/updated, Amendments to Regulation 14.09.01.12 (Permanent Disability) are adopted as proposed - the regulation is effective September 12, 2005, The Public Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in the 7th Floor (Executive) Conference Room, 10 East Batltimore St, Baltimore MD  to take final action on proposed amendements to Regulation .01 under COMAR 14.09.03 (Guide of Medical  & Surgical Fees) has been changed to Friday, October 14, 2005 at 8:30 a.m., Dockets scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2005 will start at 11:00 a.m. in all locations, The Commission and States offices are closed Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

August 2005

WCC SUBPOENA (For Medical Records) PROCESS IS REVISED 8/31/05 - new forms & procedures are effective immediately, The Commission and States offices are closed Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day, Proposed amendment to Regulation .01 under COMAR 14.09.03: Guide of Medical and Surgical Fees,  Commission Staff Development Day is Monday, August 1, 2005 -  No hearings are scheduled.
July 2005

Commission Staff Development Day is Monday, August 1, 2005.  No hearings are scheduled, The WCC web will be offline beginning 10am Thursday, July 21, 2005; The calendar year 2006 COLA is 2.7%, The Commission is closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day, The MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE Effective July 1, 2005 is increased to $0.40 (forty cents) per mile.

June 2005Regulations effective July 4, 2005: Regulation .05 under COMAR 14.09.06 ( Local Office Requirements) and Regulation .23 under COMAR 14.09.01 (Procedural Regulations), The Commission is closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day, Important Notice to Carriers: Senate Bill 128: notice of cancellation,  Authorization for Release of Medical Information (WCC A25 6/10/05) is revised- Previous versions of the form are obsolete effective June 10, 2005 and cannot be used, Proposed amendment to Regulation .12 (Permanent Disability) under COMAR 14.09.01 (Procedural Regulations)

May 2005

The Commission is closed Monday, May 30, 2005 in observance of Memorial Day, The Commission's Subpoena Form H-08 has been revised, effective 5/20/05- All prior versions are no longer valid, Important Notice to Carriers & Self-insured Employers: Updated May 20, 2005

April 2005

Members of the workers' compensation community are invited to attend a brief ceremony on Thursday, May 19, 2005, at 2:30 p.m. for the Alfred M. Porth Memorial Award, All Attorneys: Certification of Service & WCC forms NOTICE, Important Notice to Carriers & Self-insured Employers: Hearings, entry of appearance & continuance, Proposed amendments to Regulation .05 under COMAR 14.09.06 (Local Office Requirements) and Regulation .23 under COMAR 14.09.01 (Procedural Regulations), New Regulations effective April 11, 2005, Workers' compensation in the Courts of Appeals is updated.

March 2005

WCC web is offline 11am-1pm on Wednesday 03/30/05, "The Impact of the Harris Decision on Workers' Compensation in Maryland" Report & Analysis Part 2 is posted,  2005 Vocational Rehabilitation (MCRSP) Certification training schedules are posted, All Hearings are cancelled on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, Hearings return to the Beltsville Regional Hearing Site effective Monday, March 14, 2005, NEW-Regulation 14.09.01.30 (Fraud Referral Procedure) is effective 03/14/05, Workers' compensation in the Courts of Appeals is updated.
February 2005The fire in the complex housing the WCC Beltsville Regional Hearing Site has relocated all morning and afternoon dockets (more info & maps), The Commission is closed Monday, February 21, 2005 in observance of Presidents' Day.

January 2005

Notice: a fire in the complex housing the WCC Beltsville Regional Hearing Site has relocated all morning and afternoon dockets (more info & map). Proposed amendments to Regulations .01 and .02 under COMAR 14.09.06 (Local Office Requirements) and Regulation .01 under COMAR 14.09.01 ( Procedural Regulations ), Request to Enter Appearance of Counsel for Employer/Insurer on behalf of a self-insured employer, the Commission and State offices are closed Monday, January 17, 2005 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Proposed amendment to Regulation .08 under COMAR 14.09.10 (Individual Employer Self-Insurer), The Commission is conducting AM & PM hearings throughout January & February 2005.