NEWS / Legal News - April 2021
New Workers' Compensation Bill Signed into Law
New Minnesota Workers' Compensation LawOn April 26, 2021, Governor Walz signed into law a new workers' compensation bill.
What has Changed?
Minimum TTD RateFor injuries occurring on or after October 1, 2021, the minimum temporary total disability rate will be 20% of the maximum weekly compensation payable or the employee's actual weekly wage, whichever is lower.
It is currently unknown what the maximum compensation rate will be on October 2, 2021, but if the law went into effect today the new minimum rate would be $233.38. The current minimum rate is $130.00.
Provider PenaltiesAs of August 1, 2021, healthcare providers who attempt to collect payment for medical services claimed to be related to a work injury may face penalties.
Prohibited PracticesAs of July 1, 2021, insurers must pay or deny medical bills within 45 days of receipt of all information that is necessary to make a payment determination.
Failing to repond to DLI within 30 days of a written inquiry from DLI about a matter related to benefits. Responses must be substantive and address the question.
Providing fraudulent information to DLI.
Failing to pay a claim, or otherwise correct behavior on a claim, for which a penalty assessed has been paid or has become a final order.
Fee ScheduleEffective immediately, payment for inpatient hospital services can be based on the inpatient PPS Web Pricer or the inpatient Medicare PC-Pricer Program. Previously payment for inpatient hospital services was based only on the inpatient Medicare PC-Pricer Program.
The multiple surgical procedure reduction rule for ambulatory surgical centers has been eliminated.
SubpoenasEffective immediately, DLI employees are not subject to subpoenas, with the exception of certain individuals including QRCs and placement vendors.
PresumptionEffective immediately, the COVID-19 presumption is extended to December 31, 2021.
You can view the new laws by clicking here.