WCB Mission Statement
To provide efficient dispute resolution for injured workers and employers by administering both formal adjudication and informal dispute resolution services; to serve the public by answering inquiries regarding the Indiana Worker's Compensation system; and to collect statistical information regarding workplace injuries in Indiana.
News and Notices
Website Notices 4/2/20
The agency has received numerous questions regarding worker’s compensation coverage for employees who contract Covid-19, particularly those on the front lines. In Indiana, workers’ compensation benefits are paid by employers, not the State. Under our laws, the State cannot tell employers they must automatically cover employees who contract Covid-19. Whether an individual contracts the virus in the course and scope of their employment is a determination that must initially be made by the employer. This decision is routinely made at the time the employee notifies the employer of the injury, or in this case, contraction of the virus.
It is well accepted that first responders, as defined in P.L.113-2020, and health care providers, as defined at IC 16-18-2-163, as well as others directly involved in the provision of services to those exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 are more susceptible to contraction of the disease as a direct result of their work duties. Others whose jobs necessarily entail close interaction with many people in a public setting are also more vulnerable to exposure and possible infection than those working remotely or in a limited office setting.
Employers are urged to consider making a prospective decision as to whether any vulnerable segment of their workforce will be presumptively covered under the provisions of the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act should they:
a.) Be quarantined at the direction of the employer due to a confirmed or suspected Covid-19 exposure,
b.) Receive a Covid-19 diagnosis from a physician without a test,
c.) Receive a presumptive positive Covid-19 test, or
d.) Receive a laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis.
Employers are encouraged to relay such decisions to their workforce and workers’ compensation insurance carrier/third party administrator as soon as possible in order to allay fears and expedite the claims process. Plans of action upon any occurrence listed above should also be communicated.
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Website Notices 3/23/20
Effective Tuesday, March 24th through Monday, April 6th, 2020, the Worker’s Compensation Board’s offices will be closed to the public. Walk-ins will be unable to get into the building and should call (317-232-3808) or email instead at www.in.gov/wcb. All in person hearings are suspended and will be handled telephonically or through written submissions during this time. Because the Board cannot conduct live hearings, the previous limitation to one continuance becomes irrelevant. Please refer to the notice from March 20th for further details. Do not fax filings to the office. Mail remains the only way to file most pleadings and forms. Thank you.
Website Notices 3/20/20
The Worker’s Compensation Board is carefully following the direction of Governor Holcomb as details of the outbreak of Covid-19 in Indiana unfold. If the practices set out herein must be changed, a similar notice will be issued.
Continuity of business is a goal, while also taking steps to keep everyone safe. While the Board will honor law firm, employer and insurance carrier directives to their staff to not attend live hearings, only one such continuance will be granted per case at this time. We will expect all professionals to continue to work their cases and make themselves available for telephonic hearings unless a personal condition requires separate consideration.
If hearings in a particular venue cannot be conducted because of a facility closing, the entire docket will be moved to another date with telephonic hearings available for most cases set for final hearing. You should check the website of the location for details, but the Board will send out a notice if the docket is set over. Please do not contact the Board to ask.
If a hearing location is closed and the parties agree a live hearing is necessary, arrangements may be made to conduct the hearing at our office.
Individual hearing districts may have specific directives regarding submission of cases for decision. These will be dispersed to parties in a timely manner. In all districts, if a telephonic hearing is scheduled, the parties must mail or drop off evidentiary documents and the parties’ stipulations to the Board’s office at least one week before hearing.
At this time, we will accept electronic signatures on settlement agreements. Remember that only settlements are to be sent to the district email boxes. Please read the Notice from March 13th regarding electronic filings. All other pleadings, agreements and forms must still be mailed to the Board.
We are still planning to conduct Full Board hearings at our office on April 27th, 2020. Hearings will be appropriately timed to avoid a crowd in the hearing room as the time draws closer.
As stated in our notice of February 21, 2020, the Board will begin monitoring FROI filings beginning in April. However, no determination of a start date for issuing penalties has been made at this time. Please trust we will not do so during this time of flux and without providing advance notice. However, getting payments out to injured workers and insuring they receive necessary medical care must be paramount for all working within the Indiana workers’ compensation community.
Thank you for working with the Board. I am convinced you are the best group in the country. Our offices are open and will remain so, with limited staff, unless we are otherwise instructed by the Governor’s office.
Website Notices 3/13/20
Pretrial conferences are cancelled through April 3rd, 2020. Joint pretrial order forms may be submitted electronically (where applicable) if the parties so desire, using the District email. Hearings will continue so long as directives from the Governor do not change or the hearing location is not closed by the local government. In the event this occurs, you will be notified as soon as possible. Anyone uncomfortable attending hearings in person may work with the court reporter to reschedule for future dates. Legal questions may be scheduled for telephonic hearing with the Single Hearing Member if so desired.
NEW ELECTRONIC FILINGS- On April 1st, 2020, the Board will begin accepting Third Party Settlements and Partial Settlement Agreements electronically through the district emails currently used for full and final settlements. While Third Party Settlements do not require approval from the Board, many do submit them and we will continue to accept them. This limited set of filings will be processed similarly to full and final settlements.
Later this year, the Board will switch to an upload system, at which time other agreed submissions, oaths, appearances and change of venue requests will be accepted digitally.
Website Notices 2/21/20
FROI PENALTIES- On March 20, 2020, the Board will celebrate its first anniversary of using EDI 3.1. We have seen errors go down steadily. Beginning on April 1, 2020, the Board will begin evaluating the filing of FROIs under 3.1 for timeliness. FROIs have been filed electronically in Indiana for 20 years. Penalties for untimely FROI filings after April 1, 2020 will be issued. The Board will continue to monitor SROI filings, but no penalties are anticipated for untimely SROIs until a later date and will be announced in advance.
PPI CALCULATOR- A PPI calculator has been added to the Board website and is available here for all. Please note the Multi-digit calculation has been removed from the website and is no longer in use.
Website Notices 12/23/2019
The Second Injury Fund Annual Report and 2020 Assessment has been issued here.
Website Notices 11/7/2019
EDI 3.1 Demystified for Attorneys Webinar/Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 21st from 1pm - 3pm EST. This will be an overview of FROI/SROI reporting as well as a review of common Indiana EDI filing issues and changes.
Website Notices 10/31/2019
The Second Injury Fund status report is now available. Please click here for more information.
Website Notices 6/17/2019
Lump sum payment information must be memorialized through EDI within 30 days of Board approval of a settlement. This will be done via "PY" followed by an "FN" filing. Please see the updated Settlement Procedures for more information.
No compliance measures regarding EDI 3.1 are being taken at this time. We anticipate beginning to track performance for transactions that were filed on or after October 1, 2019 and no penalties will be issued before December 1, 2019 for EDI 3.1 monitored violations.
The Board will be reviewing claims that were filed between September 1, 2018 and March 20, 2019 for compliance matters as previously announced in July 2017.
Website Notices 5/31/2019
The 2019 Self-Insurance application and guidelines are now available. Please click here for more information and to download these forms.
Website Notices 5/14/2019
An EDI 3.1 Information Webinar with Live Q & A will be held on Tuesday, June 4th from 11:00am - 1:00pm EST. For more information, please click here.
Website Notices 5/3/2019
EDI 3.1 changes and clarifications can be viewed here.
Website Notices 4/5/2019
The ODG Drug Formulary training webinar is now available to download. The recorded webinar can be found here. This link will also be available on the Formulary's webpage found under Insurance Carriers.
Website Notices 3/21/2019
On March 20, 2019, Indiana transitioned to EDI 3.1 reporting. This necessitated a change in many form processes. SROI reporting has shifted from the Forms Portal to EDI. Errors and bugs are expected but will be corrected as quickly as possible. Please address concerns regarding forms by email to IT@wcb.IN.gov. Thank you for your understanding.
Website Notices 2/1/2019
Registration for two ODG Drug Formulary training webinars is now available. They will be held on Tuesday, February 12th from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM ET and Thursday, March 7th from 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET.
Those interested in signing up for one of these webinars may do so here.
Website Notices 12/27/2018
The Second Injury Fund Annual Report and 2019 Assessment has been issued here
Website Notices 12/5/2018
Guidance for implementation of Indiana Worker’s compensation formulary is now available here. Please note that the formulary goes into effect January 1st 2019. The guidance provided is not final so please continue to check the WCB website periodically for updates.
Website Notices 11/1/2018
The Second Injury Fund status report is now available. Please click here for more information.
Website Notices 9/6/2018
Paper settlements documents will no longer be accepted by the Board. Those sent in or dropped off will be destroyed and the parties informed by phone or e-mail to submit the Agreement and Order as a PDF according to the Checklist and Procedure documents found here . Documents will not be marked Received until processed through the electronic system. Please know the Board will continue to improve this process as comments are received and notice will always be given through this format and notices on the website.
Website Notices 8/9/2018
Please join us in the Auditorium of the Government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana on Monday, September 17th from 1-3 p.m. to learn about Indiana’s adoption of the ODG Formulary and how it will apply to worker’s compensation cases beginning on January 1, 2019. You can review the law here.
Please register here for this free seminar.
Website Notices 8/9/2018
On Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 2:30 Eastern, we will offer a Claims Release 3.1 EDI for First Report of Injury (FROI) and Subsequent Report of Injury (SROI) Webinar Information Session. We strongly encourage all stakeholders to take advantage of this opportunity. The webinar will assist Trading Partners to understand and interpret the technical requirements for Claims Release 3.1 EDI for the State of Indiana. Register here today , for full details click here.
Website Notices 6/29/2018
The Board has posted the EDI Claims Release 3.1 Requirement Tables, Version 1.0. The Requirement Tables are immediately available for download on the EDI Requirements Page of INWCB EDI Claims Website: https://INWCBEDI.info/requirements . The Event Table, Element Requirement Table and Edit Matrix each contain a change log worksheet that will identify any changes made to that specific table after these initial requirements are published.
Website Notices 6/12/2018
A new protocol for submitting settlement agreements to the Board will go into effect within the next 30-45 days. A similar notice will be issued at that time. The Board is working with the Indiana Office of Technology to perfect the procedure and anticipates there may be slight changes; however, the Checklist should be followed whenever possible as of the date of this notice. Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with, and prepare to meet the requirements which can be found below. Thank you in advance for your assistance as we move to a more efficient means of addressing settlement agreements.
Website Notices 5/31/2018
The 2018 Self-Insurance application and guidelines are now available. Please click here for more information and to download these forms.
Website Notices 5/2/2018
Public Law 204, previously SB290, will go into effect on July 1st, 2018. This bill imposes new time frames for completing certain tasks and changes the way penalties are assessed for failing to maintain worker’s compensation insurance coverage on an employer’s workers. It also extends the renewal period for Second Injury Fund wage replacement benefits from 150 weeks to three years.
Public Law 206, previously SB369, adopts a formulary for certain drugs often prescribed for injured workers. FAQs and guidance will be forthcoming before Appendix A to the Official Disability Guidelines; informally referred to as the “ODG,” will go into effect on January 1, 2019.
Website Notices 4/17/2018
The Board will be implementing a new protocol for submitting “C” claim settlement documents in the near future. The legal environment surrounding Indiana worker’s compensation cases is changing. We are seeing many more settlements. Fewer cases are resolved through hearings. Therefore, once we have the internal processes in place, documents submitted for approval in “C” claims will go to the respective Single Hearing Members. Please disregard any documentation you may have seen, as the Board has not finalized anything in this regard. Thank you.
New Nurse Case Manager Guidelines can be found here. These replace those previously posted on this website.
Website Notices 1/2018
Denial of a Provider Fee Application or refusal to pay a bill from a medical provider for authorized care provided to an injured worker based solely on 631 IAC 1-1-32 (2)(A)(i) is improper. Provisions in the Indiana Administrative Code are rules authorized by IC 22-3-1-3 to assist the Board in carrying out the Worker’s Compensation Act, not laws themselves.
Medical providers may use the following link available through the Board’s online services to ascertain the name of an injured worker’s employer, worker’s compensation insurance carrier and that carrier’s claim identification number, when available.
No audio or visual recording may be made of any worker’s compensation hearing, conference or proceeding.
Social security numbers (SSN) of injured workers must be redacted from all documentation prior to submission to the Board. The Application for Adjustment of Claim is the only exception to this requirement.
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