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    Administrative Processing

  • Where do I get the employee leasing application?

    ​The employee leasing application is on the website under the Forms link. (Form EL1 and EL2). An application can be faxed to an employer, but we cannot accept a fax or email return.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Administrative Processing
  • How do I apply for 'Split Coverage" or "Wrap Up Coverage'?
    A separate insurance policy may be issued if authorized by the Commissioner of the Department of Workers' Claims. The application forms are available for download on the website. They are Form 375 (Application for Split Coverage), and Form 375 Wrap Up (Application for Split Coverage). Refer to link below:

    Procedures for Wrap Up (Special Projects) and Split Coverage
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Administrative Processing
  • Is coverage information for an employer available to the public?
    An 'Insurance Coverage Lookup' link is available on this website. You will need the employer name, FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number) or policy number to search.
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  • Agreements

  • Has my Agreement been received and/or approved?

    ​Once the Agreement is approved, you will receive an approved copy by U.S. mail. If you are represented by an attorney, your attorney will receive a copy.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Claims Processing and Appeals / Agreements
  • In addition to the Form 11, Motion to Substitue Party and Continue Benefits, what documentation do you need to process my request for widow or dependent benefits?

    You will need to include a copy of the Death Certificate, Marriage License, and any dependent Birth Certificates. You or your attorney will be contacted if any additional information is needed.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Claims Processing and Appeals / Agreements
  • What is the discount rate?

    ​The discount rate is established each year and information on the current year's rate can be found in the Guides Section of the Publications are of the Department of Workers' Claims website.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Claims Processing and Appeals / Agreements
  • Is there a tool available to assist in the calculation of both weekly and lump sum settlements?

    ​ Yes. The PPD Calculator is a very helpful tool that illustrates how the Discount Rate and other guidelines apply to the Settlement. Because of Social Security regulations, the PPD Calculator cannot be used for workers who reach retirement age, as defined in KRS during the period of income benefits.

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  • Appeals

  • How much time do I have to file an appeal to the Workers' Compensation Board?

    ​Notices of Appeal to the Board should be filed within 30 days of the Administrative Law Judge's opinion or final order.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Claims Processing and Appeals / Appeals
  • When is the Petitioner's brief due?

    ​Petitioners have 30 days from the filing of the Notice of Appeal to file a brief.

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  • When is the Respondent's brief due?

    ​Respondent's briefs are due 30 days from the filing of the Petitioner's brief.

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  • Apprenticeship Basics

  • What is Registered Apprenticeship?

    Registered Apprenticeship is a proven approach for preparing workers for jobs while meeting the needs of business for a highly-skilled workforce. It is an employee-driven, “learn while you earn” model that combines on-the-job training, provided by the employer that hires the apprentice, with job-related instruction in curricula tied to the attainment of national skills standards. The model also involves progressive increases in an apprentice’s skills and wages.

    Apprenticeship is a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of any business. Apprentices can be new hires, or businesses can select current employees who need skill upgrades to join the apprenticeship program.

    The apprenticeship model is leading the way in preparing American workers to compete in today’s economy. Apprenticeship programs keep pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development through the complete involvement of employers in the educational process. While it is used in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, apprenticeship is also instrumental for training and development in growing industries, such as healthcare, information technology, transportation and logistics, and energy.


    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Basics
  • What are the basic program components of Registered Apprenticeship?
    There are five components to typical apprenticeship programs. These include:
    • Business Involvement Employers are the foundation of every apprenticeship program. They play an active role in building the program and remain involved every step of the way. Employers frequently work together through apprenticeship councils, industry associations, or other partnerships to share the administrative tasks involved in maintaining apprenticeship programs.
    • Structured On-the-Job Training Apprenticeships always include an on-the-job training (OJT) component. Apprentices receive hands-on training from an experienced mentor at the job site. OJT focuses on the skills and knowledge an apprentice must learn during the program to be fully proficient on the job. This training is based on national industry standards, customized to the needs of the particular employer.
    • Related Instruction One of the unique aspects of apprenticeships is that they combine on-the-job learning with related instruction on the technical and academic competencies that apply to the job. Education partners collaborate with business to develop the curriculum, which often incorporates established national-level skill standards. The related instruction may be provided by community colleges, technical schools, or apprenticeship training schools – or by the business itself. It can be delivered at a school, online, or at the job site.
    • Rewards for Skill Gains Apprentices receive wages when they begin work, and receive pay increases as they meet benchmarks for skill attainment. This helps reward and motivate apprentices as they advance through their training.
    • Nationally-recognized Credential Every graduate of a Registered Apprenticeship program receives a nationally-recognized credential. This is a portable credential that signifies to employers that apprentices are fully qualified for the job.

    For more information on apprenticeship program components, please visit the Learn section of the ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit.


    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Basics
  • Is an apprenticeship a job?
    Yes. Apprentices start working when they enter an apprenticeship, with steady wage increases as they become more proficient. The average starting wage for an apprentice is $15.00 per hour.
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  • How does apprenticeship fit into career pathways?
    Apprenticeship programs are a key asset for state and local workforce systems’ career pathway strategies. Apprenticeship can be a partner in the K-12 educational system and an integral part of career and technical programs in high schools. School or community-sponsored pre-apprenticeship programs can be valuable training approaches and serve as the start of a career pathway, which leads to Registered Apprenticeship opportunities for youth or low-skilled adult workers.

    Apprenticeship programs pave the way for career-building, and life-long learning through the attainment of stackable credentials. The foundation of the apprenticeship model is the continual building of skills and the ability for workers to obtain higher levels of employment in an occupation or industry. As a result, use of the apprenticeship model can provide communities with a competitive advantage by establishing a continual pipeline of qualified workers for local employers.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Basics
  • How is apprenticeship different from other types of work-based training?
    First, apprentices are hired by employers and receive a paycheck from the first day of work. Wages increase over time as apprentices advance in their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    Apprenticeships last from one to six years – depending on the occupation and model – and connect education and work simultaneously. Apprentices take classes while they are working, combining theoretical and hands-on learning. At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices earn industry-recognized credentials and in many cases can receive college credits that may lead to an associate or bachelor’s degree.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Basics
  • What is Pre-Apprenticeship?
    Pre-apprenticeship is designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program. These programs promote a diverse and skilled workforce and prepare participants to meet the basic qualifications for entry into apprenticeship, through:
    • An approved training curriculum based on industry standards,
    • Educational and pre-vocational services,
    • Hands-on training in a simulated lab experience or through volunteer opportunities, and
    • Assistance in applying to Registered Apprenticeship programs.
    Pre-apprenticeship programs involve formal partnerships with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor. For more information on pre-apprenticeship programs, please refer to Training and Employment Notice 13-12.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Basics
  • What types of jobs can workers train for through Registered Apprenticeship?
    Visit the Department of Labor's ApprenticeshipUSA website to find current apprenticeship programs in your area.
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  • Apprenticeship Benefits

  • How does a Registered Apprenticeship program benefit employers?
    First and foremost, apprenticeship helps businesses develop highly-skilled employees. Apprenticeship programs also reduce turnover rates, increase productivity and lower the cost of recruitment. Additional benefits include:
    • Customized training that meets industry standards, tailored to the specific needs of businesses, resulting in highly-skilled employees.
    • Increased knowledge transfer through on-the-job learning from an experienced mentor, combined with education courses to support work-based learning.
    • Enhanced employee retention: 91% of apprentices that complete an apprenticeship are still employed nine months later.
    • A safer workplace that may reduce worker compensation costs, due to the program’s emphasis on safety training.
    • A stable and reliable pipeline of qualified workers.
    • A systematic approach to training that ensures employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels required for the occupation.
    Finally, businesses may qualify for state-based tax credits available for apprenticeship program sponsors. Workforce systems and other community partners may also choose to contribute funding for training, supplies or other aspects of apprenticeship programs. These benefits reduce an employer’s investment in apprenticeship training costs.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Benefits
  • How does a Registered Apprenticeship program benefit workers?
    From their first day of work, apprentices receive a paycheck that is guaranteed to increase as their training progresses. Apprentices also complete a combination of job-related instruction and hands-on training at the job site leading to a nationally-recognized, portable credential.

    Other specific benefits include:
    • Hands-on career training: Apprentices receive practical on-the-job training in a wide variety of occupations and industries, such as health care, construction, information technology, transportation, energy, and advanced manufacturing.
    • An education: Apprentices receive hands-on training resulting in improved skills and competencies as well as the potential to earn college credit toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
    • A career: Once the apprenticeship is complete, workers are on their way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary and little or no educational debt.
    • National credential: When an apprentice graduates from a career training program, he or she earns a certified portable credential accepted by industries and employers across the U.S.
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  • How does Registered Apprenticeship benefit the workforce system?
    Connecting Registered Apprenticeship with your state and local workforce systems is a win-win partnership. The strategy helps businesses thrive by building a highly-skilled, highly-productive workforce, and it helps job seekers access and maintain stable careers with good wages.

    By using apprenticeship as a work-based learning strategy, the workforce system can increase worker skills, meet employer needs, and enhance performance outcomes. Additionally, apprenticeship is a successful job-driven training strategy that can be an effective tool under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. For more information, please review the Workforce System and Apprenticeship Partnerships Fact Sheet.
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  • How does the apprenticeship strategy enhance workforce performance outcomes?
    Registered Apprenticeship contributes to positive outcomes in each of the workforce system’s performance measures:
    • Employment: Registered Apprenticeship is a job. All apprentices enter employment when they begin an apprenticeship program.
    • Retention: Registered Apprenticeship programs have high retention rates; 91% of apprentices retain employment after the program ends.
    • Earnings: The average starting wage for apprentices is $15.00 an hour, with wage increases as apprentices advance in skills and knowledge.
    • Credential Attainment: All apprenticeship completers earn a national, industry-recognized credential.
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  • How much money can an apprentice earn?
    Apprentices earn competitive wages, a paycheck from the first day of employment and incremental raises as skill levels increase. The average wage for a fully-proficient worker who completes an apprenticeship is $50,000 annually. Apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more during their career than non-apprenticeship workers.
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  • Apprenticeship Business and Partner Roles

  • What is an employer’s role in Registered Apprenticeship?
    Employers play an indispensable role in any Registered Apprenticeship program. There cannot be an apprenticeship without an employer. Employers drive the design of an apprenticeship program.

    An individual business or a consortium of businesses often serve as the sponsor of a Registered Apprenticeship. Sponsors make significant investments to design and execute Registered Apprenticeship programs, provide jobs to apprentices, oversee training development, and provide hands-on learning and technical instruction for apprentices.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Business and Partner Roles
  • What is the role of government in Registered Apprenticeships?
    The Office of Apprenticeship (OA) in the U.S. Department of Labor works with State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs) to administer the program nationally. These registration agencies are responsible for:
    • Registering apprenticeship programs that meet federal and state standards
    • Protecting the safety and welfare of apprentices
    • Issuing nationally-recognized and portable credentials to apprentices
    • Promoting the development of new programs through marketing and technical assistance
    • Assuring that all programs provide high quality training
    • Assuring that all programs produce skilled, competent workers
    To find the OA or SAA representative in your state, please visit the Directory of State Apprenticeship Offices.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Business and Partner Roles
  • Who are typical Registered Apprenticeship partners?
    Through a proven system of public-private partnerships, Registered Apprenticeship involves a wide range of organizations, including (but not limited to):
    • Businesses, consortia of employers, and industry associations
    • Labor and joint labor-management organizations
    • State and local public workforce systems
    • Two- and four-year colleges that offer associate and bachelor’s degrees
    • Community-based organizations
    • Economic development organizations
    For additional information on partner roles, and for assistance in identifying partners in your area, please visit the Build section of the ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Business and Partner Roles
  • How can the workforce system use apprenticeship as a training strategy?
    The workforce system can incorporate apprenticeship programs in many ways, including:
    • Assisting employers to recruit and screen apprentices
    • Providing basic skills training or partner in pre-apprenticeship efforts
    • Providing training funds for related instruction through Individual Training Accounts
    • Developing customized and on-the-job training contracts with employers with apprenticeship programs
    • Contributing supportive services, such as tools, books, and other supplies
    For more information, please visit the Implement section of the ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit.
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  • Apprenticeship Program Components and Models

  • Who operates Registered Apprenticeship programs?
    Every Registered Apprenticeship program has a “sponsor”. The sponsor is responsible for the overall operation of the program. Sponsors can be a single business or a consortium of businesses. They can also be a range of workforce intermediaries, including an industry association or a joint labor-management organization. Community colleges and community-based organizations can also serve as sponsors for Registered Apprenticeship programs. Regardless of who serves as the sponsor, apprenticeships are always employer-driven and employers are involved throughout the process.

    Over 150,000 businesses have adopted Registered Apprenticeship, including UPS, Ford Motor Company, the United States Military, Werner Enterprises, CVS/Caremark Pharmacy – and many others. For a list of Registered Apprenticeship programs and their sponsors, please visit the Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsors Database.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Program Components and Models
  • Can Registered Apprenticeship programs be used in both non-union and union workplaces?
    Yes. Registered Apprenticeship is used widely across all industries. Sponsors of apprenticeship programs can include employers, labor organizations, and joint labor-management organizations.
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  • What are the basic qualifications for workers to begin a Registered Apprenticeship program?
    Each Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor identifies the minimum qualifications to apply for a program. The eligible starting age can be no less than 16 years of age; however, most programs require individuals to be at least 18 years of age.

    Program sponsors also identify additional minimum qualifications, such as education and ability to physically perform the essential functions of the job. All applicants are required to meet the minimum qualifications. Based on the selection method used by the sponsor, additional qualification standards – such as aptitude tests, interviews, school grades, or previous work experience – may be included for qualification.
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  • Do apprentices earn college credit while participating in a Registered Apprenticeship program?
    Registered Apprenticeship opportunities combine on-the-job training and job-related instruction, provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and other educational institutions. Registered Apprenticeship sponsors often work directly with two- and four-year colleges to structure the program so apprentices earn college credits.
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  • Is there one apprenticeship model that must be followed?
    Apprenticeship is a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of every business. For example, there are many options for how, when, and where related instruction is provided to apprentices. It can take place during or after work hours, or be delivered one day a week while the apprentice works on the job the other four days. The instructional component can be arranged in different ways to suits both businesses and apprentices.

    In developing apprenticeship programs, there is also flexibility in choosing the type of training model and program design. For more information, please visit the Learn section of the ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit.
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  • How long are Registered Apprenticeship programs?
    The length of an apprenticeship program depends on the complexity of the occupation and the type of program model the sponsor chooses. Apprenticeship programs range in length from one to six years. Many occupations have one- and two-year apprenticeships, such as Home Health Aide, Biller Coder, and Emergency Medical Technician.
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  • What does an apprentice receive upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program?
    After completion of an apprenticeship program, the apprentice earns a nationally-recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor that is portable and stackable. This means that other employers in that industry will recognize its value and that the apprentice can build on its foundation to further his or her knowledge and education.
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  • What are the advantages of registering an apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor?
    Registration of an apprenticeship program provides:
    • Technical Assistance and Support. The program joins the Registered Apprenticeship system, which provides access to a nationwide network of expertise, customer service, and support at no charge for program sponsors.
    • National Credential. Graduates of Registered Apprenticeship programs receive a national, industry-recognized credential.
    • Quality Standards. Registration means the program has met national and independent standards for quality and rigor. Registration tells prospective employees, customers and suppliers that the business invests in its workforce and believes employees are its most important asset.
    • Tax Credits. In many states, businesses can qualify for state-based tax credits related to apprenticeship programs. In addition, employers may be able to claim some expenses for training as a federal tax credit.
    • Federal Resources. Businesses and apprentices can access funding and other resources from many federal programs to help support their Registered Apprenticeship programs.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Apprenticeship / Apprenticeship Program Components and Models
  • Are there other federal resources that can help support apprenticeship programs?
    A variety of federal resources can help to fund apprenticeship training. Some of these include Pell Grants, Federal Work Study Funds, the GI Bill for veteran customers, and others. Review the Federal Resources Playbook for details and additional sources.
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  • Claims Assignment

  • When will a Scheduling Order be issued and what is the pertinent information on it?

    ​All Parties of Record will be notified, by letter, of the Judge assigned to the claim along with the date, time and location of the Benefit Review Conference.

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  • I am a physician and need a claim number for billing purposes?

    ​The number assigned by the Department of Workers' Claims is for litigation purposes and is not the same number used by the insurance carrier to process a claim. Contact the Employer/Insurance Carrier for payment information.

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  • Claims Review

  • Where and to whom do I send the Application?

    ONLY non-represented (Pro Se) Persons may file by paper application; all others must use the LMS electronic filing system.  For those Pro Se person, send the application to:

    Department of Workers' Claims
    657 Chamberlin Ave.
    Frankfort, KY 40601


    Department of Workers’ Claims / Claims Processing and Appeals / Claims Review
  • Has my Claim been received and when was it received?

    ​You will receive an Acknowledgement Letter with the date it was received.

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  • Why was an additional Party added to my Claim?

    ​The Claim is researched and based on our records, any Party with potential liability is included as a Party to the Claim.

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  • A First Report of Injury has already been filed, so why did I get this letter saying no matching First Report of Injury has been filed?

    ​Information submitted on the Application and information filed electronically on the First Report of Injury do not match. Therefore, there is no matching First Report of Injury on record.

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  • Data Entry

  • Has my pleading been received and filed by the DWC?

    When contacting the Data Entry Section, the following information is needed:

    • DWC Claim Number
    • Name of plaintiff
    • Type of pleading
    • Date the pleading was mailed to the DWC

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  • How is a physician assigned a medical index number?

    ​An index number shall be assigned to a physician upon the filing of the physician's qualifications with the DWC. A medical index number is assigned and the Medical Index Listing on the DWC homepage is updated. A copy of the CV is scanned into our Imaging System using the assigned medical index number. Revisions or updates to the CV may be filed with DWC in the same manner.

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  • Can a physician make a request directly to DWC for a medical index number to be assigned?

    ​Yes, however, when a physician provides their curriculum vitae to DWC, a cover letter requesting an index number or informing DWC of revisions to a current CV must accompany the request.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / Data Entry
  • Could you please provide me with the physician's medical index number?
    This can be accessed by going to the Worker's Comp Documents page.
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  • Could you please send me a copy of a specific physician's Curriculum Vitae?

    You may mail, fax or call in your request for this copy to:

    Department of Workers' Claims
    Attn: Ashley Estep, Open Records
    657 Chamberlin Ave.
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone: 502-782-4429
    Fax: 502-564-5732

    Please provide the physician's name and your mailing address and the copy will be mailed to you.


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  • EDI Claims

  • How do I become a trading partner with the Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims?

    ​Obtain the KYWC EDI documentation which contains state-specific information required for submitting electronic reports to the KYWC. Obtain the IAIABC Implementation Guide which contains the standardized information used by all jurisdictions that are receiving workers' compensation reports electronically. Be sure to request the proper guide based on the information provided in the KYWC EDI documentation. Establish a mailbox account with one of the value-added networks used by the KYWC. Complete the Trading Partner Agreement, Trading Partner Profile and Transmission Profile and return them to the KYWC by fax or mail. If we have any questions regarding these profiles, we will contact you using the information provided on the Trading Partner Profile. If your profiles have been completed accurately, you will receive written notification that your trading partner account has been established. Do not begin sending test transmissions until you receive this notification.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • What are "test" transmissions?

    ​Test transmissions serve two purposes. Initially, they verify that all technical details regarding the transmission process itself are correct for all three systems involved: yours, the VAN's and the KYWC's. Ultimately, they are used by the KYWC to assess your ability to send acceptable electronic reports.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • What types of test reports should I send?

    ​When testing First Reports of Injury (FROI) with the KYWC, send only original reports (MTC "00"). Upon obtaining production status, all additional first report Maintenance Type Codes (MTC) become reportable. Do not send test transmissions for Subsequent Reports of Injury (SROI) until production status has been obtained for First Reports of Injury. When testing subsequent reports, send only initial payment reports (MTC "IP"). Upon obtaining production status, all additional subsequent report MTCs become reportable.

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  • When will I be placed in production status by the KYWC?

    ​The KYWC uses an abbreviated testing process in order to place each trading partner in production status as quickly as possible. Trading partners able to send three consecutive transactions containing at least 10 reports each with no more than 30 percent of the reports rejected per transaction will be given production status.

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  • I just sent an EDI transmission to the KYWC. When can I expect an electronic acknowledgment?

    ​The KYWC downloads incoming EDI transmissions from the VANs each business morning. Functional acknowledgments are returned immediately. Detailed acknowledgments are normally returned by close of business on the same day. Occasionally, the volume of data to be processed causes the detailed acknowledgments to be returned the morning of the following business day.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • What's the difference between a Functional Acknowledgment and a Detailed Acknowledgement?

    ​Functional acknowledgments are used to inform the sender that their EDI transmission was received. They are not supported by the IAIABC flat-file standards, and therefore are only returned to trading partners sending ANSI transactions. Detailed acknowledgments are returned to all trading partners after the electronic acknowledgement has been analyzed by the KYWC. These detailed acknowledgments inform the trading partner that their transactions have been accepted or rejected. If a transaction is rejected, the detailed acknowledgment includes codes which identify any errors found by the KYWC.

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  • Enough time has passed for me to have received an electronic acknowledgment, but my VAN mailbox is empty. What should I do now?

    ​Contact your value-added network. The VANs keep logs which show when your transmission was uploaded to your mailbox, when the transmission was routed to the KYWC mailbox, when it was downloaded by the KYWC, etc. If this log shows that your transmission was downloaded by the KYWC, contact our office and we will continue this tracking process.

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  • I received a detailed acknowledgment which says that an original First Report of Injury was rejected, and includes the message, "NON-REPORTABLE: LOST TIME IS NOT MORE THAN A FULL WORK DAY" in the free-form text field. What does that mean?

    ​If an original First Report of Injury is received with a Nature of Injury Code (DN0035) lower than "60," it indicates a traumatic injury is being reported. For a traumatic injury to be reportable to the KYWC, the employee must have missed more than one day. This determination is made by comparing the Date Last Day Worked (DN0065) to the Date of Return-to-Work (DN0068), if any. There must be more than a calendar day separating these two dates. If not, the transaction is rejected and the above message is inserted in the free-form text field for clarification.

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  • What does "accepted with errors" mean? (Application Acknowledgement Code TE)

    ​This Acknowledgement Code is no longer used. It was used prior to January 16, 2009 and reflected that the record had been received by DWC and accepted with errors. At that time, the coding staff had determined that certain fields within that record required changes to conform to DWC data quality standards. Prior to January 16, 2009, records with errors in the Nature, Cause, Body Part or SIC Code fields were modified by DWC staff and accepted with errors. However, as of January 16, 2009, electronically transmitted records are no longer modified when errors are discovered in these key fields. If an error is found, the record will be rejected and an (00) Original transaction must be resubmitted.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • Prior to January 16, 2009, I received a detailed acknowledgment which says that an original First Report of Injury was accepted with errors, and includes the message, "DE0025 SB 3465, DE0035 SB 65, DE0036 SB 48, DE0037 SB 82" in the free-form text field. What does that mean?

    ​An original First Report of Injury was accepted prior to January 16, 2009 with errors by the KYWC when the only errors found were limited to the following four elements: SIC code (DN0025), Nature of Injury code (DN0035), Part of Body Injured code (DN0036), and Cause of Injury code (DN0037). To assist you in improving your coding skills, a message was inserted in the free-form text field which indicated what the proper code should have been. The above message "DE0025 SB 3465, DE0035 SB 65, DE0036 SB 48, DE0037 SB 82 " is read as follows: "SIC code should be 3465, Nature of Injury code should be 65, Part of Body Injured code should be 48, and Cause of Injury code should be 82." By using this syntax, all four coding errors can be explained using the available space in the free-form text field when necessary. A (CO) correction transaction should be filed on "TE" acknowledgements.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • I have a question about my detailed acknowledgment that is unrelated to the free-form text field. Who should I call?

    ​Your best resource should be those who designed your EDI system. If it is a custom application designed by your company's data processing staff, contact them. A commercial software application should be supported by the contractor/vendor. If you still have questions, e-mail HowardC.Lawson@ky.gov.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • How do I file a first report on a "no lost time" injury so that payment of partial benefits can be reported when the injured party is able to work?

    ​DWC programs are written to calculate the number of lost work days by subtracting the "Date Last Day Worked" from the "Date Returned To Work". "Date Last Day Worked" is a mandatory field, but "Date Returned to Work" is not. File an original First Report of Injury, excluding the "Date Returned to Work". Providing the report meets all remaining edits, it will be accepted. Once the FROI is accepted, you may then file the necessary subsequent reports using the Jurisdiction Claim Number assigned to the Original. Once the Original has been filed, DWC will need for the trading partner to file a Change Report (02) showing the return-to-work date. (Filing "no lost time" claims is not necessary under normal circumstances. The scenario above is unique, and requires the filing of a "no lost time" claim to report partial payment. If you have a no lost time claim, and there are no mitigating circumstances that require further filings of other types of reports, then do not file them.)

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • I filed an Original (MTC 00) first report where the injured worker missed more than one full day of work but returned to work before missing a total of seven days. An IP or FS is not required. Unless circumstances change, this injured worker will never miss a total of seven days. How do I report that the injured worker has returned to work, since the filing of a Suspension of Benefits is not applicable?

    ​File a Change (02) record to the Original showing the return-to-work date as you know it to be.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • When a Bi-monthly Periodic Report is filed, how should the Payment Adjustment information be reported?

    ​The Bi-monthly Periodic Report should report the total amount paid to date for each claim.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • Which MTC codes generate a Statute of Limitations letter?

    ​Suspension of Benefits for Return to Work or Medically Deemed Capable of Returning to Work (S1). Denial First Reports (04), as of November 1, 1999, and Denial Subsequent Reports (04). There are two types of letters: timely filed and un-timely filed. A fatality letter to the deceased worker's family is also generated based on data contained in the Date of Death Field which indicates a fatality occurred. DWC staff manually validate each letter before it is mailed in an effort to ensure the claimant receiving the letter is not receiving the letter in error. It is very important when filing any Maintenance Type Code requiring payment data that you refrain from using the 010 code, unless the injured worker has died due to the work-related injury.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • What IAIABC Part of Body Codes are accepted?

    ​The new expanded IAIABC Part of Body codes with 3 A/N characters in the field will be accepted. Kentucky's element table shows DN0083 as a conditional or optional filing.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • What is the correct way to submit the Self-Insurance indicator (DN0024)?

    ​Effective November 30, 2005, if the Employer FEIN (DN0016) and the Insurer FEIN (DN0006) are the same, then the Self-Insurance Indicator (DN0024) should be "Y". If the Self-Insurance indicator (DN0024) is "N" the claim will be rejected. If the Employer FEIN (DN0016) is different than the Insurer FEIN (DN0006), then the Self-Insurance indicator (DN0024) should be "N". In this case if the Self-Insurance indicator (DN0024) is "Y", then the claim will be rejected.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / EDI Claims
  • Enforcement

  • When is workers' compensation insurance required?
    Employers with one or more workers are required to maintain coverage. There are no exceptions for family member employees, temporary, or part time employees. Out-of-state employers performing any work in this state are required to have Kentucky coverage. (Ohio employers refer to next question.)
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • Is Ohio BWC coverage sufficient for work done in Kentucky?
    No. An Ohio employer performing work (even temporary) in Kentucky must have a separate insurance policy. Coverage must be afforded by an approved carrier providing benefits in accordance with the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act. Kentucky does not accept the Form C-110s filed by Ohio employees as these are not enforceable by Kentucky courts. Any worker injured in this state has the right to file a claim for benefits under terms of our law.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • What can happen if I do not have workers' compensation insurance for employees?
    Non-compliant employers are subject to a fine of $100 to $1,000 per employee. Each employee and each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense. Additionally, an employer may be held liable to an injured employee (or employee of an uninsured contractor or subcontractor) for income benefits including lost wages and medical expenses.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • What is the difference between employees and independent contractors?
    Independent contractors generally are skilled individuals who work in a distinct occupation or business. Courts have determined certain criteria for classification as an independent contractor. The major factors are:
    • The nature of the work performed as it relates to the possible employer. An independent contractor’s work is not a regular and recurring part of the possible employer’s business. It is usually for a specific project with a beginning and ending date. An independent contractor provides the same services for other customers.
    • The extent of control of the details of the work. An independent contractor provides materials and equipment to perform the job and has potential for profit or risk of loss on the project. An independent contractor does not receive instructions or training from the employer, has the right to hire or fire helpers without permission from other, and has final control of the job.
    • Professional skill of the worker. Independent contractors have a specialized skill, trade, or license. They usually maintain a separate place of business, advertise, and have a business telephone.
    • Intentions of the parties. A written contract should describe the obligations and responsibilities of each party, a specific project described, dates of project and prices agreed upon in advance. The method of payment is not a primary factor.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • What if I use 'contract labor?'
    This term is often misunderstood by business owners. Refer to the previous question for factors used in determining a worker's classification. Call the Compliance Branch with any questions concerning worker classification.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • Do members of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a partnership have to maintain workers' compensation insurance if there are no employees?
    Partnerships of LLCs that consists of 'qualified' partners or members only are exempt from maintaining coverage under certain circumstances. 'Qualified partner or member' is defined by KRS 342.012 as having a meaningful partnership agreement or articles of organization that shows on its face that the partner or member has made some contribution that enables the partner or member to substantially participate in the profits (or loss) of the business as well as participate in the decision making process. The partnership or LLC shall provide upon the request of the commissioner or his or her representative a copy of the partnership agreement or articles of organization for purpose of demonstrating compliance. Coverage is required for any non-qualified partner or LLC member.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • Is workers' compensation insurance required for officers of a corporation?
    Yes. KRS 342.640(2) designates officers of corporations as employees. Corporate officers may exempt themselves from coverage by filing an Employee's Written Notice of Rejection (Form 4). Obtain the form from the Compliance Branch or Administrative Services at 502-564-5550. The notice is not effective unless the original notarized form is filed with this agency. Filing a Form 4 forfeits your right to workers' compensation benefits. Seeking legal advice from an attorney prior to rejecting coverage is recommended.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • How do I obtain a copy of a previously filed Form 4?
    Make a written request on an OPEN RECORDS REQUEST FORM. Download the form from the FORMS link on this Web site. Provide the employee's name (social security number if available), and business name and address. Include the approximate filing date if known. The request should include a self-addressed stamped envelope and 75 cents per copy (check or money order payable to Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of State Treasurer). Mail request to:

    Department of Workers' Claims
    Attention: Compliance Branch
    657 Chamberlin Ave.
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • Is an employer required to show proof of coverage?
    Kentucky statute requires every employer to display a Workers' Compensation Posting Notice conspicuously at its principal office and other locations, where employees report for payroll and personnel matters. [KRS 342.610(6)] Contact your insurance agent or workers' compensation carrier for a current notice if you did not receive one with your latest policy.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • What is the purpose of an Affidavit of Exemption by Building Contractor?
    Every local building permit official shall require proof of workers’ compensation insurance prior to issuing any building permit. An applicant with no employees must certify exemption to the building permit official. We provide two forms for this purpose. One is an affidavit of exemption for corporation or partnership and the other is an affidavit of exemption for individual. These forms are available for download from the FORMS link on this Web site. (Do not confuse these affidavits with the Form 4.)
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • Do employees pay any part of the workers' compensation insurance premium?
    Kentucky Revised Statute 342.420 specifically prohibits the employer from deducting premium from wages or salary of any employee entitled to benefits.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • How do I obtain workers' compensation insurance coverage?
    By purchasing a policy from an insurance agent that represents approved insurance companies.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Security and Compliance / Enforcement
  • Hours

  • What is the overtime requirement?
    Time and one-half must be paid for hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours in a work week.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Hours
  • May my employer utilize 'comp time' for overtime hours?
    Comp time may not be given to an employee who is subject to the overtime law.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Hours
  • How many hours must I work to be full time?
    Kentucky labor laws do not define full-time and part-time employment. Employers are free to define these terms as they choose.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Hours
  • Am I entitled to a rest period, and do I get paid for this time?
    You are entitled to a rest period of at least ten (10) minutes during each four hours you work. The rest period is a paid break.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Hours
  • Am I entitled to a meal period, and do I get paid for this time?
    You are entitled to a reasonable period for a meal no sooner than the third nor later than the fifth hour of your work shift unless you and your employer have mutually agreed to some other arrangement. A duty-free meal period does not have to be paid.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Hours
  • May my employer require that I work overtime?
    There is nothing that prohibits your employer from requiring you to work overtime.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Hours
  • May my employer require that I work more than eight (8) hours per day?
    There is no limitation on the number of hours that your employer can require you to work in a day.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Hours
  • LMS

  • What is the Litigation Management System (LMS)?

    The LMS is a Web-based application designed to move the workers’ compensation litigation system into the 21st century by allowing stakeholders to file and manage claims electronically rather than the traditional method of filing paper. Toward that end, the LMS provides users with Web-based forms, and further permits interested entities the ability to utilize group functions in an effort to promote work distribution. Additionally, the LMS will greatly improve the scope of the workers’ compensation system by notifying interested users, via email, when Proof of Coverage is reported as canceled to the DWC. The goal of the LMS is to provide significant benefits for anyone (e.g., attorneys, insurance carriers, employers, medical providers, claimants, and others) who have a role in Kentucky’s workers’ compensation process.

    The DWC encourages everyone who has an interest in litigating workers’ compensation claims to register with the LMS system. Very basic information is required to register; attorneys, for example, must provide their Kentucky Bar ID and court reporters must provide a tax ID number when registering. As the LMS is coming online, the DWC asks that interested parties, or their representatives, provide to the DWC a list of active cases. The active case list should be in Excel format and include the claim number as well as the style of the case so that the DWC may provide access numbers to those parties. Be advised that the DWC will not be able to provide interested parties with access numbers without this information. Once a party, or a representative, has received the list of access numbers and has registered, the party, or representative, associate to claims using the Claim Number and Access Code in the LMS. Users will thereafter be able to view all pleadings in their cases.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Where can I send my list of active cases?

    A party who wishes to send a list of active cases by regular mail should send this information to the following address:

    ATTN: LMS Technical Team
    DO NOT OPEN IN THE MAILROOM
    Department of Workers' Claims
    657 Chamberlin Avenue
    Frankfort, Kentucky 40601​

    A party who would like to send a list of active cases via email should send this information to:
    LMS Technical Support

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Do the requests for access codes need to come from the Site Admin of the LMS group or should they come from each individual attorney handling the claim?

    ​This is an internal business decision that will be unique to each business entity.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Are we going to be assigned the same case # as our attorney's and if our attorneys have registered the claims do we have to register them also?

    ​Attorney support staff will not actually associate to claims because they are not parties. As a member of the attorney’s/law firm’s business group, you will be assigned to the cases your attorney is working by a site admin.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • As a site administrator, how will I be able to differentiate group claims from those that are assigned to me?

    ​Site admins can manage group claims as well as their own by toggling between “LMS Group Claims” and “My Claims.” 

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • What is the ETA on my access codes from the list of active claims that I submitted?

    ​We are sending out responses to all previously received emails. In the future, a 3 to 4 day turnaround is anticipated.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Will I have one access code for all of my claims and will I need to enter it each time I want to view a case?

    ​Each claim has its own distinct access code. Once you are associated to the case, you no longer need the access code to retrieve or file information.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • As a site admin, will I have access to all the claims in my group? How will I view claims that are assigned to me?

    ​The site admin can see and assign claims to other staff within the firm as well as themselves. After logging in to the system, you are able to toggle between LMS Group Claims and My Claims.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • What does the DWC need from me to provide access codes?

    ​We need the claim number as well as the style of the case included on the list of active claims. Again, please send these to us in Excel format. If you have already sent your list and it wasn’t in Excel format, there is no need to resend this list.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Will I have to mail a copy of the pleading to the opposing parties? It seems to me that if I’m in the system and Plaintiff’s counsel is in the system then there’s no reason to incur the cost and delay of mailing paper.

    ​If Plaintiff’s counsel is registered in LMS they will be notified of the filing of your pleadings through the notifications function of LMS. Additionally you will be notified of pleadings filed by opposing parties on your claims in the same way. This is not a certification. You are still responsible for serving parties listed on your certificate of service. The DWC does not in any way accept responsibility for fulfilling your obligation of satisfying your certificate of service. 

    Once the system is fully operational, users will be able to accept service via LMS by electing to receive paperless notifications. Additionally, attorneys can select the method of service when filing documents electronically.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • My screens do not have a button to file documents. Will that come later?

    ​Yes. Currently we have disabled the function to allow you to submit documents due to the change of regulations required to be able to legally submit pleadings to the DWC. Once the regulations are approved, this functionality will be restored. 

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Associate to a claim as ‘who you are’ means the attorney’s name, or their client’s name?

    ​"Who you are" would be the Plaintiff attorney, Defense attorney, etc. If you are the attorney submitting the information to the LMS system, you are the attorney so please use your name and information. For example: If you are attorney support staff, you would not associate to a claim using your attorney’s name.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • If someone other than the site administrator files the claim, will the claim still have to be assigned to that attorney?

    ​Yes, the site administrator will still need to assign the case to the attorney.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • If another attorney other than the site administrator files an Application of Adjustment of Claim will the response to the filing come back to the site administrator or will it just go back to the attorney who filed the claim?

    ​If someone from the Attorney/Law Firm business group associates to a claim, they will gain the ability to see the claim on the LMS landing screen. However, it isn’t assigned to anyone within the firm at that time. The Site Administrator of the group will simply need to assign it to staff and/or to themselves in order to file any documents within the Claim in LMS. The application would come back to the attorney who filed the claim once the site administrator assigned that attorney to the claim. 

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Will the site administrator be able to monitor the filings of attorneys not acting as site administrators? Will the site administrator then be required to assign the claim to an associate attorney?

    ​A site administrator could monitor attorney filings on any claim they assigned themselves to. If they are not assigned to the claim, they can’t review details, including documents.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Are the ALJ Orders being issued in the system now going to start showing up as a new document alert?

    ​Yes, all documents filed within the Claim will show up as a new notification. 

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Will we be notified by email when new documents are filed?

    ​Notifications aren’t by email.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • The information under the accident tab – is that pulled from the EDI submission filed on the claim?

    ​Yes, the information under the accident tab is EDI information.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Some people file more information through EDI that may not require information. Is the EDI information going to be mandatory to make sure the most accurate info is there?

    ​ We follow the International Association of Industrial Accidents Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) standard and our edits are in accordance with Kentucky statutes and regulations. 

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Can you please define style of the case that is needed on the excel spreadsheet to obtain access codes?

    ​An example style is John Doe versus XYZ Corporation. Please include this plus a claim number.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Do you have an estimated date of when we are going to be able to file electronically with the LMS system?

    ​We estimate this will occur on August 1, 2016.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • How do I get an access code for my particular cases?

    ​If you have cases in LMS acknowledged prior to March 18, 2016, please send an email to Laborkywclms.technicalsupport@ky.gov and the DWC Technical Team will process your request in the order in which it is received. If you have cases acknowledged after March 18, 2016, your access code for each particular case will be listed on the following types of letters from the Department: 

    • No Matching First Report of Injury on File (Medical Dispute or Otherwise)
    • All Applications for Resolution of Claim
    • Benefit Review Conference Scheduled
    • Acknowledgement and Assignment of Chief ALJ (CWP)
    • Acknowledgement and Assignment to ALJ (Medical Dispute)

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Am I allowed to share my Access Codes?

    ​You may share the access code to your case. However, please be mindful that by providing the access code to the claim, you are allowing someone into the litigation file of the injured worker. 

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • How do I file an Application for Resolution of Hearing Loss in the LMS system?

    ​We showed you how to do this in our presentation today. By selecting the nature of injury that you are trying to file (whether it be hearing loss, black lung or carpal tunnel for example), you are driving the system to determine which application will be used.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • How do I change information on the original application once it is submitted (date of injury, body part, etc.)?

    ​If you need to change the original application filed with the DWC, file a motion requesting to amend the application with the new information. Please be specific as to why the application should be amended.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Are we able to file a black lung and hearing loss claim on the same application?

    ​No you are not able to do this. When you are filing the application, you would begin with a nature of ‘black lung’ and fill out the pertinent information about the claim. Next you would begin the process of filing a hearing loss claim.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Are we able to file x-rays or exhibits through the LMS system?

    ​No. Please file x-rays and/or exhibits with the DWC at Prevention Park, 657 Chamberlin Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Please be sure to include information as to which claim the x-ray or exhibit is being filed as well as letting us know who/which party is filing it.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • If my address changes, can I simply file one change of address for all of my cases?

    ​You will need to file a notice of change of address for all of your cases; not simply one notice.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • How long will I continue to receive paper documents from the DWC?

    ​You will continue to receive all documents via paper from the DWC until we are fully electronic. Even if you choose paperless notifications through LMS right now, you will continue to receive paper from the DWC.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Who do I contact if I need assistance with the LMS system?

    ​Please contact the DWC Technical Team for assistance at Laborkywclms.technicalsupport@ky.gov

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Am I obligated to mail a copy of the pleading to the opposing parties, especially if we are both in the Litigation Management System?

    ​If Plaintiff’s counsel is registered in LMS they will be notified of your pleadings through the notifications function of LMS. Additionally, you will be notified of pleadings filed by opposing parties on your claims in the same way. This is not a certification. You are still responsible for serving parties listed on your certificate of service. The DWC does not in any way accept responsibility for fulfilling your obligation of satisfying your certificate of service. Once the system is fully operational, users will be able to accept service via LMS by electing to receive paperless notifications. Additionally, attorneys can select the method of service when filing documents electronically. Please note: You may select paperless notifications currently in the LMS system; however, you will continue to receive paper and send paper until the system is fully operational.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • When will we be able to submit forms in LMS electronically?

    ​We hope to begin accepting electronic claim filings in August 2016.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • What do you do if you know that a claimant has a prior worker’s comp claim but has absolutely no information (claim number, etc.) about the previous claim? Also, if you are claiming a cumulative injury and there is not specific date of injury, how do you answer the date of injury question?

    ​ You should file an open records request as you do now to obtain the necessary information to answer the questions during the process of filing the claim. Currently if you are claiming a cumulative trauma injury, the date of injury is dependent upon a multitude of factors established by case law and although the determination of the date of injury can be uncertain it is incumbent on the filing party to allege that date considering all legal and factual issues and the same process should be used in LMS.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • How would one go about entering insurance information for a selfinsured employer?

    ​The self-insured employer information is placed in the employer section of the web form and the same information is placed in the insurance section of the web form.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • How will you add the specific parts of the body injured under the multiple body parts?

    ​This information is not collected by LMS system at this time; simply select the pertinent ‘multiple body part’ selection.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Does the new LMS system allow carriers to respond directly to pleadings or file responses to petitions?

    ​Carriers are not able to file documents in LMS. Their attorneys are able to file documents, but the carriers themselves are not able to do so. It would be considered the unauthorized practice of law.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Will defense attorneys still be required to file notice of appearance to respond on behalf of the carrier and employer?

    ​Yes, defense attorneys will be required to file a notice of appearance on behalf of the carriers/employers.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Can you bypass the information for the prior workers compensation claim if we don’t have it or it was out of state?

    ​If a prior claim was filed within Kentucky, you need to provide the information. If the prior claim was out of state, you simply provide the state in which the claim was filed.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • What if I have multiple roles, such as an attorney and insurance carrier?

    ​Currently, if you have multiple roles such as an attorney as well as an insurance company, you should use two different email addresses for each registration. Please note: if you are an attorney, you would want to register as an attorney for the purpose of serving as the insurance carrier’s attorney.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • How will a carrier file a 110 with the DWC where the claim was settled pre‐litigation (no Attorney involved) if they only have read‐only access?

    ​We have concluded the submission of a 110 by anyone other than a pro se party or an attorney is the unauthorized practice of law.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Will paperless notifications have a "subject" that identifies the email as being from KW/DWC?

    ​Notifications will not be sent through email. They will be accessible through LMS by clicking on the “Notifications” item in the blue menu on the left side of the screen. Note: We misunderstood the question asked during the presentation and gave an incorrect answer. This is our correction.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • If 1 of your 6 site admins leaves employment, can you replace that person with a new site admin?

    ​The site admins have full control over who is added to and removed from a group. They are also able to grant and remove site admin privileges. 

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • If an Attorney Support Staff has already registered with LMS, what should be done at this time?

    ​We have had a number of questions concerning when to register. The system is available for registration to anyone at this time. However, if you need to be a part of a group in an “Other” role, you must register through an invitation to the group.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Will these calls always be at 2:30 on Monday afternoons?

    ​Our current plan is to continue have them on Mondays at 2:30. There will be no webinar the week of March 28th or April 24th. We will announce the subject of the April 11th webinar on March 21st. Any schedule changes will be sent out via email.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • So, for an insurance company we need to create our group with our companies FEIN and then invite all of the users (employees) that we want to have access to LMS to join that group?

    ​Yes.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Our company actually operates as 4 different companies each with FEIN's. Will we (the insurance company) have to have 4 different log‐ons?

    ​Currently it would be best to create four separate groups. 

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Can I set up a secondary e‐mail address for backup?

    ​If you would like to have yourself in a group in an alternate capacity you should be able to do so by registering another email address and adding it to your group. Remember that a bar ID can only be used once. 

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • Once we have the groups we will have to provide you a list of claims to associate to our group?

    ​Yes. Providing DWC with an Excel spreadsheet listing the claim number and style is the preferred method of submission and will expedite the delivery of your access codes.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • To attend the next session Monday and the following Monday, can we use the same call in information or will we be sent a new invite?

    ​A new WebEx invite will be sent prior to each webinar.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • For a firm that has 4 different attorneys, would each attorney need to set up their own group or would we need to do a firm group?

    ​It is the firm’s personal preference. The establishment of groups can be tailored to your business practices.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • My attorney has already registered. Does he need to contact you to now be a site administrator on a Group Registration?

    ​If your attorney is going to be the site admin, he can create the business group and will automatically become the site administrator. If not, once the business group is created by the site admin, the attorney can be added to the group and made a site administrator.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • What is the benefit for an employer to sign up?

    ​LMS is an informational opportunity for the employer. Employers will be able to associate to claims where they are named as the defendant and track the progress of litigations.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • If I understood Dwight from a prior meeting, he only wants claims currently in litigation (where a 101 has been filed). Is that still correct for the active claims list?

    ​Yes. Note that beginning Friday, March 18th, 2016 acknowledgement letters will be sent containing LMS access codes on newly filed claims.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • As an insurance company, are we able to set up different groups for the individual adjusters, or does it have to be in one group?

    ​The creation of business groups can be tailored to your business practice.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Litigation Management System / LMS
  • If my adjuster and KY attorney signs up, do I, as the employer need to sign up?

    ​Employer sign-up is optional.

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  • Do the requests for access codes need to come from the Site Admin of the LMS group or should they come from each individual attorney handling the claim?

    ​This is an internal business decision that will be unique to each business entity.

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  • We have multiple underwriting companies and FEINs and people handle claims across those multiple companies under the parent company. Are they going to be able to access all of those groups? Or because they each have their own FEIN and can they only be assigned to 1 group?

    ​Currently, each user (email address) can only be involved with one business group at any time.

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  • Are we going to be assigned the same case # as our attorney's and if our attorneys have registered the claims do we have to register them also?

    ​Attorney support staff will not actually associate to claims because they are not parties. As a member of the attorney’s/law firm’s business group, you will be assigned to the cases your attorney is working by a site admin.

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  • As a site administrator, how will I be able to differentiate group claims from those that are assigned to me?

    ​Site admins can manage group claims as well as their own by toggling between "LMS Group Claims" and "My Claims". 

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  • What is the ETA on my access codes from the list of active claims that I submitted?

    ​We are sending out responses to all previously received emails. In the future, a 3 to 4 day turnaround is anticipated.

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  • Does the managing partner have to create the business group?

    ​One of the managing partners of the firm should utilize their bar ID for the LMS business group creation. Once the group has been created, the managing partner can designate up to 5 other site admins to assist with administration of the group.

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  • Will I have one access code for all of my claims and will I need to enter it each time I want to view a case?

    ​Each claim has its own distinct access code. Once you are associated to the case, you no longer need the access code to retrieve or file information.

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  • As a site admin, will I have access to all the claims in my group? How will I view claims that are assigned to me?

    ​The site admin can see and assign claims to other staff within the firm as well as themselves. After logging in to the system, you are able to toggle between LMS Group Claims and My Claims.

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  • What does the DWC need from me to provide access codes?

    ​We need the claim number as well as the style of the case included on the list of active claims. Again, please send these to us in Excel format. If you have already sent your list and it wasn’t in excel format, there is no need to resend this list.

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  • Mediation

  • Must my employer pay my vacation pay upon termination of employment?
    Whether you are paid for unused vacation upon termination of employment depends on the policy or past practice of your employer. Kentucky labor laws do not specifically require that an employer pay an employee for unused vacation upon termination of employment.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Mediation
  • May my employer make deductions from my paycheck for cash shortages, missing items or damaged items?
    Deductions may be made for cash shortages so long as your employer has written authorization from you to make the deduction, the deduction does not cause your wages to fall below the applicable minimum wage and the shortage is from a cash register or cash box that is only used by one employee. Your employer may not make a deduction from your wages for lost or stolen property or damage to property.
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  • May my employer terminate my employment for any reason?
    This is not within the Kentucky Labor Cabinet's jurisdiction. Please refer to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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  • Must my employer notify me of a layoff or termination?
    Not under Kentucky law.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Mediation
  • What are the limitations for child labor (under 18 years of age)?
    See our Child Labor Law page.
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  • Open Records

  • How do I make an Open Records request for specific individuals?

    Click here to download the Open Records Request Form (MS WORD)

    Forward a written request for the documents either by mail or fax to:

    Department of Workers' Claims
    Attn: Open Records
    657 Chamberlin Ave.
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Fax: (502) 564-5732


    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / Open Records
  • What information is required in my request for open records?

    ​You must provide the claimant's name, social security number and/or the DWC Claim number if available. Please specify the document(s) of interest and return mailing address. Please include both the street address and P.O. Box if at all possible. Larger files may not be shipped to a P.O. Box. We do not fax documents.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / Open Records
  • How long will it take to process my open records request?

    ​Records are mailed when payment is received. Cost estimates are typically mailed back to the requester in 2-3 business days.

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  • What is the cost of an open records request?

    ​$0.15/page for computer copies and $0.75/page for microfilm copies plus shipping/handling costs.

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  • Could you please send me a copy of a specific physician's Curriculum Vitae?

    You may mail, fax or call in your request to:

    Department of Workers' Claims
    Attn: Open Records
    657 Chamberlin Ave.
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Fax: (502) 564-5732


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  • Is there a fee for obtaining copies of a Curriculum Vitae?

    ​Yes. The cost is $0.15 per page, plus postage and a $2.50 request fee. A cost estimate will be mailed to you upon receipt of your request. Documents will be mailed upon receipt of payment.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / Open Records
  • Open Records Request

  • Is there a specific form to use when submitting a request?

    No, there is no form for OSHA or Wage and Hour record requests. A letter is all that is needed.

    Department of Workplace Standards / Open Records / Open Records Request
  • Can requests be sent via email?

    ​No, we only accept hand-delivery, facsimile or by mail.

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  • Can the information be emailed back to me?

    ​No, if we have information and it is ready to be released, it is placed on a CD/DVD and mailed. A hard copy will be mailed if the information is only a few pages.

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  • Can I pick up the information in person?

    Yes, just indicate that you wish to pick up the information in person and be certain that a phone number is on your request so our office can contact you when it is ready.

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  • Is there a charge for the information?

    ​Yes, the charge is $11.00 per CD/DVD. If you wish to receive a hard copy, it is ten cents per page and 25 cents per color page. Please indicate in your request that you would like a hard copy rather than a CD. The amount owed will be included in the letter sent with the information requested.

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  • How long does will it take to receive a response?

    ​We will respond within 3 business days from the date we receive the request. Some requests are larger than others and will require additional time. If it takes longer than three days to gather the information, a letter will be sent indicating a time period in which it will take to obtain and sanitize the reliable information.

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  • Will I receive the entire file?

    ​No, there is certain information that is protected by the statute or regulation. All information that is releasable will be sent, provided the inspection is closed and ready for release.

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  • Prevailing Wage

  • When did the repeal of Kentucky’s prevailing wage statutes take effect?

    ​Because H.B. 3 contained a provision declaring an emergency to exist, the bill went into effect immediately upon being signed by Governor Bevin on January 7, 2017.

    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Prevailing Wage
  • Does H.B. 3 apply retroactively so as to relieve the requirement to pay prevailing wage rates on public works projects that were awarded before January 7, 2017 and were subject to the prevailing wage?

    No. As stated in Section 15, the repeal of prevailing wage requirements applies to public work projects for which bids had not been awarded as of the effective date of the Act, January 7, 2017. Accordingly, projects that were subject to the prevailing wage and had been awarded before January 7, 2017 must continue to pay prevailing wage rates.
    View the Prevailing Wage Rates that were in effect prior to the enactment of H.B. 3.

    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Prevailing Wage
  • If a project is currently out for bid, can the public agency re-bid the project without prevailing wage rates?

    As stated in Section 15, if bids have been requested but not awarded, then the public authority may request a resubmission of bids to conform to the provisions of H.B. 3.

    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Prevailing Wage
  • Does H.B. 3 affect projects that are required to pay prevailing wage rates under federal law?

    ​No. H.B. 3 repealed Kentucky’s statutes pertaining to state prevailing wage requirements. Federal laws that require the payment of prevailing wages on federally funded public works projects are not affected by H.B. 3.

    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Prevailing Wage
  • Does H.B. 3 repeal prevailing wage requirements for highway construction projects?

    ​H.B. 3 repealed state prevailing wage requirements for public works projects, including highway construction projects that are funded entirely with state and/or local funds, as of the effective date of the Act. However, as mentioned above, H.B. 3 does not affect provisions and requirements set forth in federal law for the payment of prevailing wages.

    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Prevailing Wage
  • Research

  • How do I file an open records request on a specific company or insurer?

    You may file an open records request by fax or mail to the following:

    General Counsel/Open Records Request
    Department of Workers' Claims
    657 Chamberlin Ave.
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Fax: 502-564-0681


    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / Research
  • Where can I get a copy of the Workers' Compensation Guidebook?

    ​The guidebook may be accessed through the DWC Web site under publications 2011 Workers' Compensation Guidebook or you may contact the Research Section and one will be mailed to your address.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / Research
  • Was a WC letter generated and if so, when was it mailed out?

    ​You may find out if/when a statute letter was mailed by contacting Kim McKenzie at 502-782-4484.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Information and Research / Research
  • Utilization Review

  • What is utilization review?

    Utilization review is generally defined as a review of the medical necessity and appropriateness of medical treatment and services. It is defined for the workers' compensation process as "a review of the medical necessity and appropriateness of medical care and services for purposes of recommending payments for compensable injuries or diseases." Medical services that are rendered or requested for incidents that are noncompensable under KRS Chapter 342 are not subject to utilization review under this administrative regulation. In other words, the assessment of the medical necessity and appropriateness of medical treatment and services is ultimately for purposes of determining the availability of payment for those treatments or services. Medical necessity includes a review of the setting, frequency and intensity of the treatment or service.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Utilization Review
  • What is medical bill audit?

    Medical bill audit is the review of all medical bills for services that have been provided to assure compliance with adopted fee schedules. Also, every injured employee must designate a physician pursuant to 803 KAR 25:096. The medical bill audit process must confirm that a physician has been designated.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Utilization Review
  • Who is required to implement a utilization review program?

    ​All insurance carriers who write workers' compensation insurance in Kentucky, individual self-insured employers and group self-insurance funds must implement a utilization review and medical bill audit program by April 1, 1996. A written plan describing the program must be filed with the commissioner of the Department of Workers' Claims for approval prior to implementation of the program. Utilization review for an employer that has contracted with an approved Managed Care Organization (MCO) will be carried out within the MCO.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Utilization Review
  • How does the utilization review process work?
    • First level - review
      • Once a claim is selected for review, medical personnel review the treatment or service for medical necessity and appropriateness. Only licensed physicians, registered or practical nurses, medical records technicians or other medically trained personnel can approve utilization review decisions. The decisions are based on recognized treatment protocols and standards such as the low back pain practice parameter. Utilization review must begin immediately upon notice of a claim selection criteria. An initial decision must be rendered within two working days, if preauthorization, and within 10 days if retrospective in nature. There is a provision for expedited utilization review wherein a decision is rendered in 24 hours.
      • If the initial reviewer detects a problem, the claim is referred to a licensed physician. Only licensed physicians can render denials. A written notice of denial entitled "UTILIZATION REVIEW - NOTICE OF DENIAL" must be issued to the treating physician and the employee within 10 days of the initiation of utilization review.
      • A notice of denial must include a statement of the reasons for denial, the name, state of licensure and medical license number of the reviewer and a statement of reconsideration rights. The notice of denial must include the reason for the denial and a statement of appeal rights. Notice of the right to appeal must also be provided to anyone aggrieved by the initial decision and decisions upon appeal must be in writing.
    • Second level - appeal
      A party adversely affected by the initial decision may appeal the decision within the utilization review program. The aggrieved party must request reconsideration within 14 days of receipt of the written notice of denial. A review of the initial utilization review decision must be conducted by a different reviewer of at least the same qualifications as the initial reviewer. The decision must be rendered within 10 days of the request for appeal and must be entitled "UTILIZATION REVIEW - RECONSIDERATION DECISION." If the reconsideration decision is made by an appropriate specialist or sub-specialist, the decision is the final utilization review decision and must be entitled "FINAL UTILIZATION REVIEW DECISION."
    • Third level - specialist review
      If a party remains unsatisfied with the decision upon appeal, specialty or sub-specialty review may be requested. The right to request specialty review exists only when a specialist has not previously reviewed the matter.


    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Utilization Review
  • What claims must be selected for utilization review?
    Compensable claims are subject to utilization review when any of the following occur:
    • A medical provider requests pre-authorization of a medical treatment or procedure;
    • Notification of a surgical procedure or resident placement pursuant to an 803 KAR 25:096 treatment plan is received;
      The total medical cost cumulatively exceed $3,000;
    • The total lost work days cumulatively exceed thirty (30) days; or
    • An administrative law judge orders a review.
    These are minimum criteria. Some utilization review programs review additional claims based on the program's own internal criteria.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Utilization Review
  • What claims are subject to utilization review upon implementation of a utilization review program?
    ​Utilization review and medical bill audit plans were required to be implemented April 1, 1996. Upon implementation, the following claims are subject to review:
    • All outstanding medical bills as of April 1, 1996, must be reviewed for fee schedule compliance, irrespective of the date the bill was incurred. Every injured employee must designate a physician in accordance with 803 KAR 25:096;
    • Utilization review should be applied to all open claims (those claims that have not been concluded by the entry of a final award or settlement) and concluded claims (those claims that have been concluded by the entry of a final award or settlement and the employer or carrier is responsible for the claimant's medical treatment) where: (1) lost work days exceed 30, and the employee remains off work, irrespective of the date of injury; or (2) the records indicate that for the previous one-year period the total medical expenses total $3,000 or more;
    • Utilization review should be applied to all concluded claims where compensability has been determined and the payment obligor is responsible for medical expenses for the cure and relief of the work-related injury; or
    • Utilization review should be applied in any case where a medical provider requests preauthorization and in any case upon notification of a surgical procedure or resident placement pursuant to a KAR 25:096 treatment plan.
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  • Acute low back pain practice parameter

    ​Pursuant to the authority granted by KRS 342.035(8)(a), the commissioner of the Department of Workers' Claims has adopted the acute low back pain practice parameter created by the Kentucky health policy board for use in workers' compensation cases. Therefore, the parameter must be incorporated in all utilization review plans as the standard for evaluating low back claims.

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  • 803 KAR 25:096, Selection of Physicians and Treatment Plans

    ​Utilization review programs must include a process to assure compliance with the requirements of 803 KAR 25:096 that a physician is designated by the injured employee and that treatment plans are obtained when required.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Utilization Review
  • How will utilization review affect 803 KAR 25:012, Medical Fee Disputes?
    • ​The request to resolve medical fee disputes, Form 112, has been amended to include a question concerning whether utilization review has been performed. The initial notice of denial and final appeal decision with supporting medical opinions are required attachments to the Form 112.
    • Some utilization review programs include an independent medical exam of the patient in certain situations as part of the utilization review process. If such an independent medical exam has been performed, the medical report should also be attached to the Form 112.
    • If utilization review is applicable and has not been completed, the medical fee dispute will not be subject to adjudication by an administrative law judge.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Utilization Review
  • How will utilization review interact with KRS 342.020(1)?

    ​The employer's obligation to render payment for medical treatment and services within 30 days of receipt of a statement for services is tolled during the utilization review process. Following utilization review, the obligation to render payment will be within 30 days of the final utilization review decision.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Utilization Review
  • Pre-certification - not a synonym for utilization review
    ​Utilization review can occur retrospectively, concurrently or prospectively. In Kentucky's workers' compensation program, "pre-certification" is not a synonym for utilization review, as is often the case in general health care. In Kentucky much of the mandatory utilization review is "retrospective"--i.e., after the medical treatment has been delivered and a bill for services has been generated. Arguments are often made that this frustrates the expectation for utilization review to effectively prevent unnecessary medical services and waste and that utilization review is most effective when it includes "pre" and "concurrent" review. In "pre" and "concurrent" review, proposed treatment is reviewed before services are rendered and before the patient's condition is altered. However, KRS 342 does not authorize such broad preauthorization in workers' compensation cases. 803 KAR 25:096, Selection of Physicians and Treatment Plans, requires treatment plans to be submitted to the payment obligor in advance of certain medical services (i.e., elective surgeries and resident work hardening, pain management and rehabilitation programs).

    The following guideline should be used to determine whether prospective, concurrent or retrospective utilization review is required:
    • Claims are subject to utilization review upon:
      • A medical provider's request for preauthorization;
      • Notification of a surgical procedure or resident placement pursuant to an 803 KAR 25:096 treatment plan;
      • Total medical costs reaching $3,000; or,
      • Total lost work days exceeding 30.
      • A carrier is required to perform pre-authorization only in situations where a medical provider requests it. See the first bulleted item directly above.
    • A carrier may require pre-authorization in situations where a treatment plan must be prepared and furnished to the employer under 803 KAR 25:096:
      • Seven days in advance of an elective surgical procedure; and,
      • Placement in a resident work hardening, pain management or medical rehabilitation program. See the second bulleted item directly above.
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  • Penalties

    ​Any entity that fails to comply with utilization review and medical bill audit regulations may be fined by the commissioner of the Department of Workers' Claims pursuant to KRS 342.990(7)(e). Additionally, group self-insurance funds and individual self-insured employers that fail to implement a utilization review and medical bill audit plan place their self-insurance certification in jeopardy. Insurance carriers that fail to comply with 803 KAR 25:190 may be reported to the Kentucky Office of Insurance.

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  • Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Am I eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits?

    Any injured worker may apply for vocational rehabilitation services. You may be eligible for retraining benefits if you have recovered from a work-related injury, but have not regained the physical capacity to return to the job you held before your injury. Kentucky's workers' compensation laws determine who is eligible for vocational rehabilitation services.

    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Where do I go from here?
    ​The first step on your road to rehabilitation is to contact the Department of Workers' Claims at 1-800-554-8601. Our experienced vocational rehabilitation staff will guide you through the process.

    If you are an eligible candidate, you will be referred to an evaluation center nearest to your home. After reviewing the results of the evaluation, the specialist will then work with you to map out your rehabilitation goals and establish a plan to help you reach them.

    Ability levels and interests may lead you to any range of opportunities from short-term training to earn a commercial driver's license to more involved training to earn a professional certificate.
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Vocational Rehabilitation
  • What are my responsibilities?
    • Take an active role in the development and completion of your rehabilitation program;
    • Promptly attend all scheduled meetings, appointments and interviews;
    • Participate in all requested vocational testing;
    • Keep the vocational rehabilitation specialist informed of any changes in phone number, address, medical condition or any other pertinent information. 
    Department of Workers’ Claims / Medical Services and Cost Containment / Vocational Rehabilitation
  • How will I benefit?
    • ​Payment of direct school expenses such as tuition, textbooks and required fees for an initial period of 52 weeks;
    • Additional training, when justified, may be awarded by an administrative law judge on a case-by-case basis;
    • Other educational expenses such as transportation and room and board can be approved on a case-by-case basis;
    • Permanent total disability benefits may be paid at a higher rate during training;
    • Other awarded income benefits may be accelerated to provide an increase in weekly benefits during training.
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  • Wages

  • What is minimum wage?
    Effective July 1, 2009, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Wages
  • May my employer change my rate of pay?
    Your employer may change your rate of pay so long as you are informed of the change prior to working any hours at the new rate. In other words, the change cannot be retroactive.
    Department of Workplace Standards / Wages, Hours and Mediation / Wages
  • May my employer make my position salaried?
    Yes, your employer may make your position salaried but this may or may not effect whether you must be paid overtime for hours in excess of forty (40) in a work week.
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  • May my employer require direct deposit for every employee?
    Your employer can require direct deposit so long as you have the ability to withdraw your entire net pay without having to pay a fee to the financial institution.
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  • Is my employer required to pay holiday pay?
    Holiday pay is not required by Kentucky law.
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  • When is my employer required to provide me with my final paycheck?
    When you leave employment for any reason your employer has until the next regular payday or fourteen (14) days whichever last occurs.
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