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Workers' Compensation


Please note that the 19th Annual Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Conference on June 1-2, 2020, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania has been cancelled. View additional details here.
Attention WCAIS Registered Users: In January, you will see a new Quick Link on your dashboard titled “Records Request Online”. We encourage users to use this new link to submit any non-subpoena request for records rather than having to submit these requests by mail or fax. When you click on the link you simply need to enter the claimant name (last and first) and upload an authorization form, with proper documentation, in PDF format. As with requests mailed or faxed to the bureau, be sure to include the claimant’s name, Social Security Number (at least the last 4 digits), injury date(s) and party representation in your documentation. For a preview of step by step instructions of how to submit requests online, please click here.
On Monday, July 16, 2018, the Wolf Administration introduced opioid prescribing guidelines for workers’ compensation to help healthcare providers determine when opioids are appropriate for treatment of someone injured on the job. More information is available here.
Comment on Proposed Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board Regulations
The 2019 Medical Fee Schedule is now available. ​
The statewide average weekly wage for injuries occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2020, is $1,081.00 per week and represents an increase of 3.1 percent from 2019. Additional information on the statewide average weekly wage is available here.
The 2018 Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety Annual Report is available now. View the 2018 Annual Report here.
EDI Code Change - Claim Type codes are now mandatory on all FROI transactions. Your systems must be updated to prevent rejections caused by a missing Claim Type code.

The update improves the accuracy of each claim and allows the bureau to provide the community with more accurate figures on how many indemnity and medical-only claims occur in Pennsylvania per year.
Submitting Paper Forms - It is imperative when submitting paper forms to the bureau that all two-sided (duplex) forms be submitted as a single, full page image in duplex form. This is important to ensure that the scanners can read them and that they are uploaded to the proper claim. Detailed information on submitting paper forms can be found here.
PATHS is a one-stop shop for FREE training and information, offering resources such as webinars, PowerPoints, safety talks, videos and even classroom training. Visit the PATHS page to browse these resources and to learn how to reduce workers’ compensation costs through accident prevention and qualification for a workers’ compensation premium discount!
This will be the 5th consecutive year in which existing self-insurers have been given relief from payment of an SIGF assessment. The SIGF is continuing the payment of workers' compensation benefits to injured workers who were employed by insolvent, former self-insured employers.
Inadvertent Submission of a Document – If you inadvertently upload a document to the Actions tab of a claim in WCAIS or use the forms generation feature to submit a document in error, please contact our EDI unit at Once a document is filed with the bureau, it is part of the legal record, so we cannot delete a document from the claim. However, if the document type (NCP, NCD etc…) doesn't match the form submitted, or if the claim-specific data (claimant name, DOI, or SSN) doesn't match the claim it was uploaded onto, we will re-index the document to the correct document type or claim. If both the document type and claim-specific data matches the form and claim it is housed in, we will not delete or re-index the document. In this situation, you must upload a written explanation stating that you created the document in error. You must then send this document to the claimant as well as upload the document to the Documents and Correspondences tab of the claim in WCAIS as a miscellaneous document. To make the purpose of the document clear, it is helpful to include a brief sentence to describe the intent of the document.

For more information about EDI and important EDI notices, visit the EDI Alerts/Updates page.
Changes to the WC Act as made by ACT 184 (HB1846): View the amendments.
Reminder – Records Requests: Please note that if you are a registered user of WCAIS and are listed in WCAIS as an interested party on a claim, you can access and print the records directly by accessing the claim through the WCAIS System on demand. By viewing and printing your documents through WCAIS, you can access the requested information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are not registered to use the WCAIS system, you can register by visiting the WCAIS page and selecting the "User Registration" tile.
WC Forms June 30, 2014, Mandate: The BWC WCAIS Team is currently evaluating the process for the use of revised BWC forms that require signatures, such as agreements and supplemental agreements, in relation to the previously announced June 30, 2014, use date.

Until further determination has been communicated, the bureau will continue to accept the pre-WCAIS and post-WCAIS version of a form that requires the claimant's signature, such as agreements and supplemental agreements. Note that this applies only to BWC forms. The most recent revised WCOA forms as available on the website must still be submitted.

Please also note that BWC forms will only be returned if there is no EDI transaction filed to establish a claim. Thank you for your attention concerning this matter.
Attorneys Updating Interested Party Information:Please use the new LIBC-113 Interested Party Update Request Form to update parties, names, addresses and unique identifiers (FEIN, SSN, etc.) for interested parties in a matter. Submit completed forms to the judge or judge's secretary at the commencement of a hearing or via mail/email anytime upon receipt of party information requiring an update. If at the appeal level, please provide the form with any changes to WCAB Secretary Steven Loux.

The Interested Party Update Request Form, along with instructions for completing the form, can be downloaded from the WCOA Forms Spreadsheet.
Message to insurance community regarding incorrect claim conversions and proper reporting of Social Security Numbers.
Attorneys Filing UEGF Notices of Claims: In addition to filing your UEGF LIBC-551 Notice of Claim online, you must also submit hard copies to the Department containing the Claimant's original signature. Department policy requires that notice to the Department be provided by mail, as set forth in 34 Pa. Code § 123.802, which states: "Notice to the Fund shall consist of completing and mailing the [Notice]..." and "[t]he Notice will be deemed filed as of the date of the Notice's deposit in the United States Mail... ."

Notices filed solely online will not be processed if hard copies containing the Claimant's original signature are not also filed with the Department. Mail hard copies to the addresses listed on the Notice of Claim.
The Bureau of Workers' Compensation has suspended the Annual Claim Status Report. This decision was based on discussions with, and feedback from, the workers' compensation community. The bureau retains the right to reinstate future reports, as necessary.

In an effort to meet the needs of stakeholders while ensuring compliance with the workers' compensation law, the bureau encourages you to continue to file appropriate and timely EDI transactions to avoid the need for reinstatement of the ACSR. If you haven't already done so, please submit SROI URs for all legacy claims. (Information regarding Claims EDI Release 3 is available here.)

Send questions regarding the ACSR to:
The Bureau of Workers' Compensation has published the final version of the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Claims Implementation Guide and its supporting documents. The final version of the guide provides technical information, procedures and explanations to help claims administrators prepare and navigate future EDI processes.
General workers' compensation information for injured workers now available in Spanish. Información general sobre la compensación de los empleados para aquellos empleados que han sufrido accidentes/lesiones en el trabajo está disponible en Español.
WC FORMS NOTICE:The workers' compensation forms listed on the Department of Labor & Industry website are provided for your immediate use. However, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication require their use on the effective dates noted on the website. Previous versions of these forms submitted after their effective dates will not be accepted and will be returned to the filing party.
To arrange Safety Committee training, please contact the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Health & Safety division at 717-772-1635 or email
Fee Review Announcement: Appeals of fee review determinations to a hearing officer should be filed on the Request for Hearing to Contest Fee Review Determination, form LIBC-606. Appeals will be heard by Fee Review Hearing Officers or workers' compensation judges who have been specially appointed as Fee Review Hearing Officers. The form, and additional information, is available here.
Notice Regarding Applications for Fee Review: Please note that with the inception of WCAIS, an application for Fee Review can now be filed online as well as by paper. If filing by paper, please utilize forms LIBC-507 and LIBC-9 with REV 9/13.
Please note that the Bureau of Workers' Compensation does not issue certificates of non-insurance. To obtain a certificate of non-insurance, contact the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau, United Plaza Building, Suite 1500, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-4007, Phone: 215-568-2371.
Are you a Pennsylvania employer performing work in Ohio?Find out why you must have Ohio workers' compensation coverage for your employees.
PA Employer WC Insurance Info. is now available.
Current versions of Pennsylvania's various workers' compensation Rules and Regulations and Statements of Policy are available.
Attention PA Employers: Required Workplace Posters are available free of charge from the Department of Labor & Industry.
In order to comply with federal regulations, changes were made to Unemployment Compensation (UC) Chapter 61 regulations, which took effect February 12, 2011. See, 34 Pa. Code Section 61.25, "Confidentiality of Information and Fees," which contains provisions which limit the use of unemployment compensation information in courts. Section 61.25 (a)(2) is the rule of confidentiality of information and discusses the issue of competent evidence, while (a)(3) enumerates permissible disclosures of unemployment compensation information. These changes will impact requests from workers' compensation practitioners. Text of Chapter 61 is available here.
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