Mileage reimbursement rate to obtain medical services has changed to 54 cents per mile, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Travel to obtain medical services on or after Jan. 1, 2016, shall be reimbursed at the rate of 54 cents per mile. The mileage reimbursement rate for state officers and employees is 54 per mile effective Jan. 1, 2016. K.S.A. 44-515(a) provides that mileage to obtain medical services is reimbursed at the rate prescribed for state officers and employees pursuant to K.S.A. 75-3203(a). K.A.R. 51-9-11 provides that all round trips of over five miles to obtain medical services are reimbursable as medical mileage provided by K.S.A. 44-515(a).
The Kansas Workers Compensation 41st Annual Statistical Report, for Fiscal Year 2015, is now available on the Division's Forms and Publications: Annual Reports page. Some highlights from the report include:
- Applications section processed 13,341 applications for hearings
- Self-Insurance and Business section issued 143 self-insurance permits to employers
- Compliance section established 807 employer contacts
- Fraud and Abuse unit collected more than $315,251 in restitution and civil penalties
- Ombudsman section answered information requests from 17,530 parties
- Research unit responded to more than 41,000 requests for workers compensation histories.
The latest update on the Division’s digitization project is now online. This update provides an outline showing how the results of the December focus group meetings were organized. The DigiComp Communications Team presented their major findings via PowerPoint to the project's steering committee on January 13. An immediate development from this presentation and ensuing discussion was that a Frequently Asked Questions page would be posted on the agency's Intranet site for the benefit of all staff. The quality and quantity of input from the December meetings led to the decision that additional focus group meetings would be held in the future during the project.
The 42nd Annual Workers Compensation Seminar is scheduled at the Overland Park Convention Center on Sept. 27 and 28, 2016. Check this page and the seminar home page periodically for updates, including a list of sponsors. If you have a recent change of email address be sure to send updates to WCSeminar@dol.ks.gov for registration notification purposes.
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