May Updates to Workers’ Compensation Rules and Procedures – New Jersey, New York and  Pennsylvania

May Updates to Workers’ Compensation Rules and Procedures – New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

By Charlene Stewart Barnaba and Anthony M. Napoli. During the COVID-19 Outbreak, many of us may be directly affected by the coronavirus, experiencing financial hardships, working remotely and practicing social distancing. This includes claimants seeking workers’ compensation benefits and attorneys as well as judges and staff. However, this presents new challenges to keep everyone safe and healthy while still conducting business before the Board. In PMT’s continuing efforts to keep you informed, below are some of the recent updates in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey which we feel are important for you to know. Please use these links to view how it’s affected your state: New York, Pennsylvania & New Jersey New York May Updates to Workers’ Compensation Rules and Procedures Below are some highlights of the updated NYS Workers’ Compensation Board emergency amendments, adopted in April 2020. The Board’s specific Response can be found at its website: http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/TheBoard/WCBcovidresponse4-20.pdf In situations where payers are not sure if a claim is compensable, they are encouraged by the Board to consider issuing payment without initially accepting liability, rather than disputing the claim. Telemedicine and telephonic visits in some circumstances for social distancing purposes are permitted. Deadlines have been extended for healthcare providers to obtain authorizations for certain medications. New nature and cause of injury codes are now available in response to the pandemic and the Injury Description Tables have been updated to reflect this specific coding. The use of email, rather than fax, should be utilized for the efficient transference of communication and information. Injured workers need not demonstrate attachment to the labor market to continue receiving partial disability payments...