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Medical Fee Schedule

The Commission has posted the Medical Fee Schedule effective January 1, 2014 with a 1.52% increase. Attached is a schedule of Fee Schedule changes. If the fee schedule had tracked medical inflation, rates would be 30% higher than in 2006; instead, rates are 7% lower than 2006. Annual Adjustments Effective date CPI-Medical CPI-U / IL…

Personnel Changes at the Arbitration Level

Regrettably and suddenly, Arbitrator Douglas Holland recently died. Arbitrator Holland was not an attorney but had served as an arbitrator and Commissioner at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for well over 23 years. He was a dedicated hearing officer and did his best to work with the parties to resolve claims fairly and without litigation….

Personnel Changes at the Commission Level

The Commission is now fully staffed. The Governor appointed one new public Commissioner, Michael Brennan, late last summer and has now appointed a second public Commissioner. Therefore, Commissioner Brennan is no long serving double duty and hearing appeals on both panels B and C of the Commission. The new public Commissioner is a well known…

Amputations Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act mandates prompt PPD payment for injuries resulting in amputations. An employer’s failure to promptly recognize an amputation injury and make payment for the statutory loss can result in significant penalties being awarded for a delay in providing these benefits. Therefore, it is very important for any employer to recognize these…

The Newer Benefits: Maintenance and TPD

By Michael E. Rusin   The Old Days The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act has been around a long time. The initial law created in 1911 didn’t see many changes except to slightly increase fixed benefit levels. That all changed in 1975 when benefits became unlimited. The right to temporary total disability became unlimited. There was no…

Medical Fee Schedule Rate Changes

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has published changes to the medical fee schedule. The medical fee schedule rates will increase by 1.52% on January 1, 2014. Attached please find a schedule listing the annual adjustments to the fee schedule since it was put into effect February 1, 2006. This table is published by the Commission….

Three New Workers’ Compensation Arbitrators Appointed

The changes in the Workers’ Compensation Act in 2011 drastically changed the arbitrators’ position. Arbitrators no longer are given lifetime appointments. Instead, their appointments are only for three years. Further, any appointments had to be confirmed by the Senate. Moreover, the new Act required the Commission to assign no fewer than three arbitrators to each…