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Date of enactment: December 12, 1997
1997 Senate Bill 323 Date of publication*: December 30, 1997
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes 1995-96: Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication as designated" by the secretary of state [the date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment].
1997 WISCONSIN ACT 38
An Act to amend 20.445 (3) (jb), 102.07 (8) (b) 2., 102.07 (12m), 102.076 (1), 102.077 (3), 102.11 (1) (intro.), 102.11 (1) (d), 102.13 (1) (a), 102.13 (1) (b) (intro.), 102.13 (1) (b) 1., 102.13 (1) (b) 3., 102.13 (1) (b) 4., 102.13 (1) (d) 1., 102.13 (1) (d) 2., 102.13 (1) (d) 3., 102.13 (1) (d) 4., 102.13 (2) (a), 102.13 (2) (b), 102.13 (3), 102.16 (2) (a), 102.16 (2) (b), 102.16 (2) (d), 102.16 (2) (f), 102.16 (2m) (a), 102.16 (2m) (b), 102.16 (2m) (e), 102.16 (3), 102.17 (1) (e), 102.17 (1) (g), 102.28 (3) (a) (intro.), 102.28 (3) (a) 4., 102.28 (3) (b) 4., 102.28 (3) (c), 102.28 (3) (d), 102.29 (3), 102.29 (8), 102.29 (9), 102.42 (2) (a), 102.42 (6), 102.82 (1) and 102.83 (8); to repeal and recreate 102.42 (2) (a); and to create 49.124 (1m) (d), 102.04 (2m), 102.16 (1m), 102.18 (1) (bg) and 102.29 (8r) of the statutes; relating to: various changes to the worker's compensation law.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
38,1 Section 1. 20.445 (3) (jb) of the statutes is amended to read:
20.445 (3) (jb) Fees for administrative services. All moneys received from fees charged for providing state mailings, special computer services, training programs, worker's compensation coverage for persons participating in employment and training programs under ch. 49, printed materials and publications relating to economic support, for the purpose of providing state mailings, special computer services, training programs, worker's compensation coverage for persons participating in employment and training programs under ch. 49, printed materials and publications relating to economic support.
38,2 Section 2. 49.124 (1m) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
49.124 (1m) (d) A participant in an employment and training program under this section administered by the department is an employe of the department for purposes of worker's compensation coverage, except to the extent that the person for whom the participant is performing work provides worker's compensation coverage. A participant in an employment and training program under this section administered by a Wisconsin works agency is an employe of the Wisconsin works agency for purposes of worker's compensation coverage, except to the extent that the person for whom the participant is performing work provides worker's compensation coverage.
38,3 Section 3. 102.04 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
102.04 (2m) A temporary help agency is the employer of an employe whom the temporary help agency has placed with or leased to another employer that compensates the temporary help agency for the employe's services. A temporary help agency is liable under s. 102.03 for all compensation payable under this chapter to that employe, including any payments required under s. 102.16 (3), 102.18 (1) (b) or (bp), 102.22 (1), 102.35 (3), 102.57 or 102.60. Except as permitted under s. 102.29, a temporary help agency may not seek or receive reimbursement from another employer for any payments made as a result of that liability.
38,4 Section 4. 102.07 (8) (b) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
102.07 (8) (b) 2. Holds or has applied for a federal employer identification number with the federal internal revenue service or has filed business or self-employment income tax returns with the federal internal revenue service based on that work or service in the previous year.
38,5 Section 5. 102.07 (12m) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.07 (12m) A student of a public school, as described in s. 115.01 (1), or a private school, as defined in s. 115.001 (3r), while he or she is engaged in performing services as part of a school work training, work experience or work study program, and who is not on the payroll of an employer that is providing the work training or work experience or who is not otherwise receiving compensation on which a worker's compensation carrier could assess premiums on that employer, is an employe of a school district or private school that elects under s. 102.077 to name the student as its employe. This subsection does not apply after December 31, 1997 1999.
38,6 Section 6. 102.076 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.076 (1) Not more than 2 officers of a corporation having not more than 10 stockholders may elect not to be subject to this chapter. If the corporation has been issued a policy of worker's compensation insurance, an officer of the corporation may elect not to be subject to this chapter and not to be covered under the policy at any time during the period of the policy. Except as provided in sub. (2), the election shall be made by an endorsement, on the policy of worker's compensation insurance issued to that corporation, naming each officer who has so elected. The election is effective for the period of the policy and may not be reversed during the period of the policy. An officer who so elects is an employe for the purpose of determining whether the corporation is an employer under s. 102.04 (1) (b).
38,7 Section 7. 102.077 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.077 (3) This section does not apply after December 31, 1997 1999.
38,8 Section 8. 102.11 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.11 (1) (intro.) The average weekly earnings for temporary disability, permanent total disability or death benefits for injury in each calendar year on or after January 1, 1982, shall be not less than $30 nor more than the wage rate which results in a maximum compensation rate of 100% of the state's average weekly earnings as determined under s. 108.05 as of June 30 of the previous year, except that the average weekly earnings for temporary disability, permanent total disability or death benefits for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 1996 1998, and before January 1, 1997 1999, shall be not more than $741 $784.50, resulting in a maximum compensation rate of $494 $523, and the average weekly earnings for temporary disability, permanent total disability or death benefits for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 1997 1999, and before January 1, 1998 2000, shall be not more than $763.50 $807, resulting in a maximum compensation rate of $509 $538. The average weekly earnings for permanent partial disability shall be not less than $30 and, for permanent partial disability for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 1996 1998, and before January 1, 1999, not more than $253.50 $268.50, resulting in a maximum compensation rate of $169 $179, and, for permanent partial disability for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 1997 1999, not more than $261 $276, resulting in a maximum compensation rate of $174 $184. Between such limits the average weekly earnings shall be determined as follows:
38,9 Section 9. 102.11 (1) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.11 (1) (d) Except in situations where par. (b) applies, average weekly earnings shall in no case be less than actual average weekly earnings of the employe for the 4 calendar quarters 52 calendar weeks before his or her injury within which the employe has been employed in the business, in the kind of employment and for the employer for whom the employe worked when injured. Calendar weeks within which no work was performed shall not be considered under this paragraph. This paragraph applies only if the employe has worked within a total of at least 6 calendar weeks during the 4 calendar quarters 52 calendar weeks before his or her injury in the business, in the kind of employment and for the employer for whom the employe worked when injured. For purposes of this section, earnings for part-time services performed for a labor organization pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement between the employer and that labor organization shall be considered as part of the total earnings in the preceding 4 calendar quarters 52 calendar weeks, whether payment is made by the labor organization or the employer.
38,10 Section 10. 102.13 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (1) (a) Except as provided in sub. (4), whenever compensation is claimed by an employe, the employe shall, upon the written request of the employe's employer or worker's compensation insurer, submit to reasonable examinations by physicians, chiropractors, psychologists, dentists or podiatrists provided and paid for by the employer or insurer. No employe who submits to an examination under this paragraph is a patient of the examining physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist or podiatrist for any purpose other than for the purpose of bringing an action under ch. 655, unless the employe specifically requests treatment from that physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist or podiatrist.
38,11 Section 11. 102.13 (1) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (1) (b) (intro.) An employer or insurer who requests that an employe submit to reasonable examination under par. (a) or (am) shall tender to the employe, before the examination, all necessary expenses including transportation expenses. The employe is entitled to have a physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist or podiatrist provided by himself or herself present at the examination and to request and receive a copy of all reports of the examination that are prepared by the examining physician, chiropractor, psychologist, podiatrist, dentist or vocational expert immediately upon receipt of those reports by the employer or worker's compensation insurer. The employe is also entitled to have a translator provided by himself or herself present at the examination if the employe has difficulty speaking or understanding the English language. The employer's or insurer's written request for examination shall notify the employe of all of the following:
38,12 Section 12. 102.13 (1) (b) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (1) (b) 1. The proposed date, time and place of the examination and the identity and area of specialization of the examining physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist, podiatrist or vocational expert.
38,13 Section 13. 102.13 (1) (b) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (1) (b) 3. The employe's right to have his or her physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist or podiatrist present at the examination.
38,14 Section 14. 102.13 (1) (b) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (1) (b) 4. The employe's right to request and receive a copy of all reports of the examination that are prepared by the examining physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist, podiatrist or vocational expert immediately upon receipt of these reports by the employer or worker's compensation insurer.
38,15 Section 15. 102.13 (1) (d) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (1) (d) 1. Any physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist, podiatrist or vocational expert who is present at any examination under par. (a) or (am) may be required to testify as to the results thereof.
38,16 Section 16. 102.13 (1) (d) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (1) (d) 2. Any physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist or podiatrist who attended a worker's compensation claimant for any condition or complaint reasonably related to the condition for which the claimant claims compensation may be required to testify before the department when it so directs.
38,17 Section 17. 102.13 (1) (d) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (1) (d) 3. Notwithstanding any statutory provisions except par. (e), any physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist or podiatrist attending a worker's compensation claimant for any condition or complaint reasonably related to the condition for which the claimant claims compensation may furnish to the employe, employer, worker's compensation insurer, or the department information and reports relative to a compensation claim.
38,18 Section 18. 102.13 (1) (d) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (1) (d) 4. The testimony of any physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist or podiatrist who is licensed to practice where he or she resides or practices in any state and the testimony of any vocational expert may be received in evidence in compensation proceedings.
38,19 Section 19. 102.13 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (2) (a) An employe who reports an injury alleged to be work-related or files an application for hearing waives any physician-patient, psychologist-patient or chiropractor-patient privilege with respect to any condition or complaint reasonably related to the condition for which the employe claims compensation. Notwithstanding ss. 51.30 and 146.82 and any other law, any physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist, podiatrist, hospital or health care provider shall, within a reasonable time after written request by the employe, employer, worker's compensation insurer or department or its representative, provide that person with any information or written material reasonably related to any injury for which the employe claims compensation.
38,20 Section 20. 102.13 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (2) (b) A physician, chiropractor, podiatrist, psychologist, dentist, hospital or health service provider shall furnish a legible, certified duplicate of the written material requested under par. (a) upon payment of the actual costs of preparing the certified duplicate, not to exceed the greater of 45 cents per page or $7.50 per request, plus the actual costs of postage. Any person who refuses to provide certified duplicates of written material in the person's custody that is requested under par. (a) shall be liable for reasonable and necessary costs and, notwithstanding s. 814.04 (1), reasonable attorney fees incurred in enforcing the requester's right to the duplicates under par. (a).
38,21 Section 21. 102.13 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.13 (3) If 2 or more physicians, chiropractors, psychologists, dentists or podiatrists disagree as to the extent of an injured employe's temporary disability, the end of an employe's healing period, an employe's ability to return to work at suitable available employment or the necessity for further treatment or for a particular type of treatment, the department may appoint another physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist or podiatrist to examine the employe and render an opinion as soon as possible. The department shall promptly notify the parties of this appointment. If the employe has not returned to work, payment for temporary disability shall continue until the department receives the opinion. The employer or its insurance carrier or both shall pay for the examination and opinion. The employer or insurance carrier or both shall receive appropriate credit for any overpayment to the employe determined by the department after receipt of the opinion.
38,22 Section 22. 102.16 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
102.16 (1m) (a) If an insurer or self-insured employer concedes by compromise under sub. (1) or stipulation under s. 102.18 (1) (a) that the insurer or self-insured employer is liable under this chapter for any health services provided to an injured employe by a health service provider, but disputes the reasonableness of the fee charged by the health service provider, the department may include in its order confirming the compromise or stipulation a determination as to the reasonableness of the fee or the department may notify, or direct the insurer or self-insured employer to notify, the health service provider under sub. (2) (b) that the reasonableness of the fee is in dispute.
(b) If an insurer or self-insured employer concedes by compromise under sub. (1) or stipulation under s. 102.18 (1) (a) that the insurer or self-insured employer is liable under this chapter for any treatment provided to an injured employe by a health service provider, but disputes the necessity of the treatment, the department may include in its order confirming the compromise or stipulation a determination as to the necessity of the treatment or the department may notify, or direct the insurer or self-insured employer to notify, the health service provider under sub. (2m) (b) that the necessity of the treatment is in dispute.
38,23 Section 23. 102.16 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.16 (2) (a) The department has jurisdiction under this subsection, sub. (1m) (a) and s. 102.17 to resolve a dispute between a health service provider and an insurer or self-insured employer over the reasonableness of a fee charged by the health service provider for health services provided to an injured employe who claims benefits under this chapter. The department shall deny payment of a health service fee that the department determines under this subsection, sub. (1m) (a) or s. 102.18 (1) (b) to be unreasonable. A health service provider and an insurer or self-insured employer that are parties to a fee dispute under this subsection are bound by the department's determination under this subsection on the reasonableness of the disputed fee, unless that determination is set aside on judicial review under par. (f) as provided in par. (f). A health service provider and an insurer or self-insured employer that are parties to a fee dispute under sub. (1m) (a) are bound by the department's determination under sub. (1m) (a) on the reasonableness of the disputed fee, unless that determination is set aside or modified by the department under sub. (1). An insurer or self-insured employer that is a party to a fee dispute under s. 102.17 and a health service provider are bound by the department's determination under s. 102.18 (1) (b) on the reasonableness of the disputed fee, unless that determination is set aside, reversed or modified by the department under s. 102.18 (3) or by the commission under s. 102.18 (3) or (4) or is set aside on judicial review under s. 102.23.
38,24 Section 24. 102.16 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.16 (2) (b) An insurer or self-insured employer that disputes the reasonableness of a fee charged by a health service provider or the department under sub. (1m) (a) or s. 102.18 (1) (bg) 1. shall provide reasonable notice to the health service provider that the fee is being disputed. After receiving reasonable notice under this paragraph or under sub. (1m) (a) or s. 102.18 (1) (bg) 1. that a health service fee is being disputed, a health service provider may not collect the disputed fee from, or bring an action for collection of the disputed fee against, the employe who received the services for which the fee was charged.
38,25 Section 25. 102.16 (2) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.16 (2) (d) For fee disputes that are submitted to the department before July 1, 1998 2000, the department shall analyze the information provided to the department under par. (c) according to the criteria provided in this paragraph to determine the reasonableness of the disputed fee. The department shall determine that a disputed fee is reasonable and order that the disputed fee be paid if that fee is at or below the mean fee for the health service procedure for which the disputed fee was charged, plus 1.5 standard deviations from that mean, as shown by data from a data base that is certified by the department under par. (h). The department shall determine that a disputed fee is unreasonable and order that a reasonable fee be paid if the disputed fee is above the mean fee for the health service procedure for which the disputed fee was charged, plus 1.5 standard deviations from that mean, as shown by data from a data base that is certified by the department under par. (h), unless the health service provider proves to the satisfaction of the department that a higher fee is justified because the service provided in the disputed case was more difficult or more complicated to provide than in the usual case.
38,26 Section 26. 102.16 (2) (f) of the statutes is amended to read:
102.16 (2) (f) The department may set aside, reverse or modify a determination under this subsection within 30 days after the date of the determination. A health service provider, insurer or self-insured employer that is aggrieved by a determination of the department under this subsection may seek judicial review of that determination in the same manner that compensation claims are reviewed under s. 102.23.
38,27 Section 27. 102.16 (2m) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
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