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Help us to improve your online communications with L&I

November 12, 2014

From online mail delivery to sending documents to L&I electronically, were exploring ways to help you reduce paper and complete your tasks any time of the day from any device.

Help improve online communications with L&I by taking this 7 minute survey.


The October 2014 L&I fall vocational conference presentations and handouts are now available

October 10, 2014

The PowerPoint presentations and handouts from the L&I fall vocational conference "Disability Prevention and Return to Work" held on October 29, 2014, in the Tumwater L&I auditorium are now available. View the following PowerPoint presentations and handouts:


Video interpretive services will be available starting November 1, 2014

October 10, 2014

Video interpretive services will be available starting November 1, 2014. Vocational and health care providers can use video interpretive services for direct contact (face-to-face) with state fund workers or crime victims.

Video interpreting is convenient to use and easier to arrange than an in-person interpreter. The benefits of video interpretation include:

  • It saves time
  • Its easy to use
  • You can see facial expressions and body language
  • Real-time access to up to 13 languages including American Sign Language (ASL)
  • No scheduled appointment is necessary
  • Interpreters are available in seconds
  • Vendors bill L&I

You can choose from three approved vendors:

Providers are responsible for making arrangements for the equipment or software needed to access services. You can contact the vendor for assistance. Additional information is available here. If you have questions, contact Cecilia Maskell at 360-902-5161 or mili235@lni.wa.gov.


Revised Job Analysis (JA) Summary

October 10, 2014

There is a revised Coversheet for JAs based on input from VTSG and an L&I workgroup. The changes include some cosmetic changes recommended at VTSG. The coversheet is intended as a front page for all JAs that are submitted for provider review, whether you use the JA form on our website or your own version.

VRCs are urged to use the coversheet when submitting JAs to all healthcare providers, including IMEs and PCEs. With your help, this effort will support Agency Goal #2: Helping injured workers heal and return to work.


Great continuing medical education on workers' compensation available

August 29, 2014

L&I is sponsoring the "Reduce Your Practice Headaches: Industrial Medicine Tips for Treating Doctors to Simplify Your Life" training at the L&I office in Tukwila, Washington, on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The training is for doctors and other interested parties.

The registration fee is $140. There will be 8.25 hours of Category 1 CME available. To register, contact Joanne McDaniel at Joanne.McDaniel@lni.wa.gov.


Private Schools

August 29, 2014

We have recently identified problematic issues with some private schools. The issues include, but are not limited to, charging injured workers at a higher rate than the general public for the same program(s), charging for identifying internship as part of a program but not explaining where or to what end, charging injured workers unrealistically high tuition and fees for short term training.

L&I relies on vocational counselors to identify and address potentially problematic issues before writing a plan. If a plan is submitted, problematic issues need to be specifically addressed. Any questions on this topic can be addressed to the VSS supervisors.


Revised Job Analysis (JA) Summary

August 8, 2014

There is a revised Coversheet for JAs based on input from VTSG and an L&I workgroup. The changes include additional fields to capture data as well as some cosmetic changes. The coversheet s intended as a front page for all JAs that are submitted for provider review, whether you use the JA form on our website or your own version.

VRCs are urged to use the coversheet when submitting JAs to all healthcare providers, including IMEs and PCEs. With your help, this effort will support Agency Goal #2: Helping injured workers heal and return to work.


Come and work for L&I!

May 1, 2014

We have two job openings for Vocational Services Specialists in the Vocational Dispute Resolution office which supports the Director.

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