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Read the January 2016 INNOVATOR newsletter from COVWC and MCI

Thursday, January 21, 2016 View Comments Comments (0)
Read the new quarterly INNOVATOR newsletter from COVWC and MCI. In this issue:
  • Agency advisory council meetings 2/2/16 and 3/10/16
  • Pharmacy Benefit Management Programs help control medical spend
  • Move Over or Slow Down!

Read the October 2015 INNOVATOR newsletter from COVWC and MCI

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 View Comments Comments (0)
Read the new quarterly INNOVATOR newsletter from COVWC and MCI. In this issue:
 
  • Ways to Make Workers’ Compensation Easier for You
  • FY15 Results
  • Workers Compensation Cost Drivers
 

New! Improved! VLW Claim Reporting Portal - Implementation Timelines

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 View Comments Comments (0)
WCS and MCI are pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved VLW-Employer Accident Report Portal.  We worked closely with select agencies to learn what would enhance your claim reporting experience and believe you will find the new application and the enhancements an improvement over the existing VLW.
 
Some of the new features include:
  • Web-based access - no more need for software.  Can file claims through your mobile devices.
  • Real-time notifications if two or more users are reviewing or modifying an accident report at the same time.
  • Auto-save feature.
  • Named user will only see their assigned agencies in a drop-down list.
  • No longer necessary to complete a second submission to file the claim.
  • Comprehensive history section will show all EARs submitted by other users of the same agency.
  • Addition of questions regarding return to work and drug/alcohol screening.
Here are some helpful tools for your transition to the new application.
  1. One-page flyer explaining features of new and improved VLW York Employer Accident Report Portal. View here.
  2. York FROI Portal User Manual. View here.
  3. VLW - First Report of Injury Quick User Guide. View here.
  4. Recorded Training - While we think the application is easy to navigate and intuitive, we have recorded training for the application which can be found in the knowledge center. This will be released to your KC administrators to pull into your portals today.  Please search for the course under:  DHRM-WC-VLW York Employer Accident Report Portal
We are rolling out the application to agencies every two weeks by claim team,  starting the week of December 21, 2015.  Please be on the look-out for an email from Steve Palczynski with the subject: Welcome to the New Employer Accident Report  --  FROI.YORKRSG.COM.  It will include your user name, instructions on setting your password and the link for York's VLW Employer Accident Report Portal.  You will have until January 31, 2016 to transition to the new application.  As of February 1, 2016 you will no longer be able to report accidents through VLW at https://apps.frankgates.com/vaear-hr.  If attempting to do so, you will be directed to the new application.
 
We are excited to offer you this improved accident reporting tool!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
 
Kristie McClaren
Director
State Employee Workers' Compensation Services

New Agency Advisory Council Requests Your Participation

Friday, October 30, 2015 View Comments Comments (0)
MCI we will be establishing an agency advisory council aimed at gaining a clearer understanding of ways to improve and enhance program services.  This council will not only help us improve our existing services, but also help to identify new services to meet emerging needs. We anticipate hosting two sessions with various agency representatives between now and June 30, 2016.  If you have interest in participating now or in the future, please feel free to contact Penny Gough at 804.775.0702 or pgough@mcinnovations.com.  Our goal is to have representation of an agency under each Cabinet Secretary.

New Customer Liaison Announced

Friday, October 30, 2015 View Comments Comments (0)
We are also pleased to announce that Penny Gough, Program Director, will take on the more formal role of customer liaison in working with you on the resolution of any customer issues. Penny will report directly to Workers' Compensation Services on issues, trends and resolution.  Please feel free to contact her at: pgough@mcinnovations.com or 804-775-0702.
 

Read the July 2015 INNOVATOR newsletter from COVWC and MCI

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 View Comments Comments (0)
Read the new quarterly INNOVATOR newsletter from COVWC and MCI. In this issue:
  • Roadshows 2015
  • Employee Work Profiles
  • Agency Changes
  • Agency Accident Investigations
  • New Training Opportunities
Download PDF.

New 1-hour Loss Control Training Sessions Cut to the Chase

Thursday, July 02, 2015 View Comments Comments (0)
Workers' Compensation Services, as part of a specialized project, have created bite-sized loss control training programs to be delivered on-site, in person, for those agencies that may not have the ability to send or allow employees to participate in the traditional 3-hour knowledge center training.
 
These topics cut right to the chase! The nuts and bolts of specific safety topics are shared from the traditional 3-hour topics. Topics include: Confined Space Awareness, Driver Safety and Crash Prevention, Ergonomics and more...
 
These programs are designed to be delivered in LESS than 1-hour so lunch and learns, pass downs, staff meetings, tailgate briefings, safety committee or other meeting opportunities can now incorporate a safety and health component.
 
These programs can be delivered with or without a projector/PowerPoint or other presentation tools. Multiple topics may even be paired together during a visit.
 
 
For more info, to schedule a session, or to suggest topic ideas, contact: 
Monica R. Vannoy, CSP, CET, VPS
Loss Control Consultant
804-308-3993
monica.vannoy@dhrm.virginia.gov

MCI Team Welcomes Steve Jones

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 View Comments Comments (0)
We are pleased to announce the addition of Steven Jones to the MCI team serving the Commonwealth's program. Steven is an employee of York Risk Services, MCI's claims service provider partner, in the position of assistant vice president/claims manager.   Steve will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of all aspects of MCI's claims management services.   Steve brings a wealth of knowledge with him to share with our staff and agencies and has held the following positions before joining our program:
  • Vice President of Risk Management
  • Claims Service Office Manager
  • Senior Claims Consultant
  • Regional Claims Manager
  • Claims Manager
  • Training Specialist
 
Steve has his B.A. from University of Richmond and holds the following designations:
  • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
  • Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Associate in Management (AIM)
  • Associate in Claims (AIC)
  • Senior Claim Law Associate (SCLA)
Steve can be reached at 804-775-0701 or by email at steven.jones@yorkrsg.com.  We look forward to benefiting from his experience and expertise!

MC Innovations and Workers’ Compensation Services Community Support

Thursday, November 14, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
In addition to providing quality claim and cost management services to the Commonwealth of Virginia workers’ compensation program, the MCI and WCS Teams also participate in giving back to the community. Over the past year and going into the holiday season our associates have been involved in the projects identified below. We are proud of our associates and their giving spirit.

Project Feedmore – The FeedMore Backpack Program is a major initiative to ensure that children in need have balanced, nutritious food to learn and grow. The concept is simple: children at risk of weekend hunger receive a bag of food that is child-friendly, nutritious, nonperishable, and easy to prepare/eat. Each BackPack offers enough food that children can easily assemble into six healthy meals over the weekend when schools are unable to provide breakfasts or lunches. By partnering with Communities in Schools, school staff, and local school systems, the BackPacks are distributed to children in need through the school system—discreetly—each Friday afternoon or before a long holiday weekend. As a way to support this worthy cause, during the 2013 football season on Fridays associates can donate money which then allows them to wear a jersey or shirt that supports their favorite football team. For the first five weeks of the season this event has generated over $125.00. To learn more about FeedMore go to https://feedmore.org/food-bank/food-bank-programs/childrens-program/weekend-backpack-programs/.
 

Richmond FoodBank – Over the course of the year we place barrels on the floor that are provided by the FoodBank. The Central Virginia Food Bank brings hunger relief to 31 counties and five cities in our region by acquiring needed foods and distributing these items to neighbors in need. To learn more about the FoodBank go to www.richmondfoodbank.org.
 

Box Top for Education -  This is one of the nation’s largest school fundraising loyalty programs and has been helping schools succeed since 1996. With over 240 participating products, it’s an easy way for schools to earn cash for the things they need. Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10¢ when redeemed. Schools can use their Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need most, from books to field trips to playgrounds. Following an earthquake in Central Virginia in March 2011, the MCI/WCS associates have participated in this program to support the Trevillians Elementary School in Louisa, VA which was extensively damaged during the earthquake. To learn more about the program go to www.boxtops4education.com.
 

Capital Diaper Network – This is a new project that was launched in November 2013. Associates are donating pennies or loose change to the Capital Diaper Bank, a non-profit organization that provides diapers to infants, toddlers and their families who are experiencing a financial crisis. Capital Diaper Bank is a member of the Red Cross Disaster Relief Services Partner for Virginia and part of the National Diaper Bank Network.  To read more about this organization and the work that they do, please go to http://capitaldiaperbank.org.

New Contract Awarded

Friday, June 28, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
In September 2012 the Department of Human Resource Management, Workers’ Compensation Services put the Workers’ Compensation and Cost Containment Services program out to bid. Proposals were received and following the procurement process and service negotiations, a contract was awarded to Managed Care Innovations.  This marks the fourth contract for the organization which is effective July 1, 2013. Also, with the new contract, Managed Care Innovations has changed the name of the organization to MC Innovations (MCI).
 
 
MC Innovations is also pleased to announce that Penny Gough has joined the organization as the Program Director. Her role is to provide contract management, quality assurance and oversight of the thirteen Team Partners that provide the various and specialty services for Total Program Management.