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Notice – Billing practices for medical and radiology services

WorkCover WA has published a Notice which clarifies the requirements relating to billing practices for medical and radiology services. The notice addresses the following: Complete Medical Services Multiple Operations Mutually Exclusive Principle The Notice reinforces Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) rules and principles regarding charging for services provided to injured workers.

Procedure – Release of information about an employer’s insurer status

WorkCover WA has finalised changes to the way we process requests for information about the workers’ compensation insurer status of an employer. Often requests are vague, or a response is required on an urgent basis. Further, requests seeking evidence of insurance status from historical records can place significant pressure on…Read More »

Welcome to WorkCover WA Seminar

WorkCover WA holds a seminar every quarter to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in Western Australia. The next Welcome to WorkCover WA seminar will be held on Tuesday 28 August 2018 at WorkCover WA. Topics include: How the scheme operates Workers’ compensation regulation Employer obligations Resolving disputes…Read More »

New Educational Videos

Following the launch of WorkCover WA’s educational videos at the Return to Work Conference, WorkCover WA has released an additional two videos to provide information and assistance for injured workers and employers.

Compensation for Dependants Legislation Proclaimed

The Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Act 2018 commences on 1 July 2018. This legislation ensures dependent family members of workers who die in work related accidents receive fair, reasonable and timely compensation. Information, guidelines, approved forms and notices to support the new legislation can be accessed here. The Amendment…Read More »

Review of Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers

The Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities is undertaking a review of the Nationally Consistent Approval Framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers (NCAF). A discussion paper has been released for consultation with industry stakeholders. The attached letter from the HCWA Chair provides a link to the discussion paper, existing NCAF document and…Read More »

Public hospital fees for workers’ compensation patients 2018-2019

Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2018. Public hospital fees for compensable and motor vehicle third party insurance patients in WA are regulated by the Department of Health under the Health Services Act 2016 and are set out in the Health Services (Fees and Charges)…Read More »

Noise Online Decommissioned

On Tuesday 26 June 2018, Noise Online will be decommissioned. From this date all WorkCover WA approved hearing testers (Audiometrists, Audiologists and Audiometric Officers) will need to register on WorkCover WA Online to enter WorkCover WA hearing tests. The registration process is simple, and the majority of hearing testers will…Read More »

Notice – Employer attendance at medical consultations

WorkCover WA is aware of the practise of some employers attending medical consultations with injured workers. There is no legal or operational basis for employers or their representatives to be present during a medical consultation between an injured worker and a treating doctor. This applies even where treatment is recommended…Read More »

Employer Essentials Seminar

WorkCover WA is holding a free Employer Essentials Seminar to help employers better understand their rights and obligations in relation to workers’ compensation and injury management. The seminar is being held at WorkCover WA on 17 July 2018 and will cover topics including: workers’ compensation employer obligations injury management return…Read More »