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September 2005 NOTICES



The Workers' Compensation Commission and State offices are closed Monday, September 5, 2005 in observance of Labor Day.  No telephone or email/web support are available. We open for business at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2005.
September 30Pursuant to Executive Order 01.01.2003.20, implementation of the Regulatory Review and Evaluation Act, notice is hereby given that the Evaluation Report regarding COMAR Titles 14.09.01, 14.09.04, 14.09.05, 14.09.06 and 14.09.07 is available for public inspection and comment for a period of 60 days (October 1, 2005 through November 29, 2005, inclusive) following the date of this notice. CLICK HERE for the Report and additional information.
September 29 Workers' Compensation Appeals (link) is updated.
September 28Proposed amendments to Regulation .01 under COMAR 14.09.03: Guide of Medical and Surgical Fees were withdrawn at an Open Meeting, Monday September 26, 2005.  LINK TO REGULATORY CHANGES.
September 27

The open meeting (Regulation .01 under COMAR 14.09.03: Guide of Medical and Surgical Fees) scheduled for October 14, 2005 at 8:30 am has been cancelled & therefore, all hearings scheduled for 11:00 am will begin at the normal starting time of 9:30 am. 
Corrected hearing notices will be mailed for hearings set on 10/14/05 to reflect this change.

September 23

CANCELLED, SEE NOTICE ABOVE.  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 Workers' Compensation Commission welcomes its two newest Commissioners: R. Karl Aumann and Kenneth G. Macleay.
September 16

On July 14, 2005 the Workers' Compensation Commission proposed to amend Regulation .31 (Hours of Business)  under COMAR 14.09.01 (Procedural  Regulations).  This action was taken at a public meeting, notice of which was given by publication, pursuant to State Government Article 10-506, Annotated Code of Maryland.  The proposed regulation publish in the September 16, 2005 issue of the Maryland Register.  Final action on this proposal will be considered at a public meeting to be held November 10, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in the 7th Floor (Executive) Conference Room, Workers' Compensation Commission, 10 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21202-1641. 
No public comments will be taken at the public meeting on November 10, 2005.
CLICK HERE for Regulatory Changes Page and regulation text.

The Workers' Compensation Commission will present at the Maryland Workers' Compensation Educational Association Conference in Ocean City, Maryland: Sunday September 18 through Wednesday September 21 2005.
September 2

The MD WCC Form Subpoena/Subpoena Duces Tecum (WCC H-08, 09/01/05) has been revised/updated to correlate with the posted MD WCC Subpoena Instructions, Policies/Procedures.  The posted Instructions supersede those on the previous Subpoena form.  Use of the posted Subpoena H-08 and instructions are effective immediately.  More on the current procedures and instructions are posted to the August 2005 Notices (link) and the new forms are located on the FORMS & INSTRUCTIONS page (link).

Content below is repeated from the August 31 2005 Notices
Effective immediately, due to the requirements of recent legislation, the Commission has revised its subpoena process dealing with requests for medical records. A party requesting a subpoena for medical records, must complete the WCC subpoena form and send the original and a copy to WCC for processing. After issuing the subpoena, the WCC will return the original to the requesting party for service. Before mailing a copy of the subpoena to the injured worker and counsel, the requesting party must also complete a new WCC Form (H-08/NOI), 'Notice of Intent to Subpoena Medical Records & Certificate of Service' ('Notice of Intent'). Only the Certification of Service should be signed (not the '30-day Certification' statement). The requesting party shall include a copy of the Notice of Intent form when mailing the subpoena to the injured worker and counsel. Once 30 days from the mailing date has passed, and no objection has been filed, the requesting party shall complete the '30 Day Certification' & serve a copy of the fully executed Notice of Intent with the original subpoena on the healthcare provider from whom the records are being requested. A copy of the fully executed Notice of Intent and the subpoena shall be mailed to the WCC for filing in the claim file.

The Workers' Compensation Commission adopted amendments to Regulation (Permanent Disability)   This action, which was proposed for adoption in 32:12 Md. R. 1063 (June 10, 2005), has been adopted as proposed and is effective September 12, 2005.  CLICK HERE FOR  REGULATORY CHANGES
September 1CANCELLED, SEE September 27, 2005 NOTICE ABOVE-
The Public Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in the 7th Floor ( Executive ) Conference Room, 10 East Baltimore St, Baltimore MD  to take final action on proposed amendments 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., 4th Floor, Hearing Room #447, 10 East Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21202.  
Dockets scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2005 will start at 11:00 a.m. in all locations.
SEE September 27, 2005 NOTICE ABOVE
All hearings/dockets scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2005 will start at 11:00 a.m. in all locations.