Rules Under Development

Workers' compensation self-insurance rules and regulations

Chapter 296-15, WAC

All updates for this rule:

Workers' Compensation Self-Insurance Rules and Regulations

The proposed rules will address when a self-insured employer has unreasonably delayed the payment of medical bills that can result in a penalty payable to the worker. It will include the process and elements needed for penalty requests and may include criteria for penalties on delayed authorization of appropriate medical treatment. This rule proposal is in response to recent Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA) and Superior Court decisions. The new rules will be adopted under WAC 295-15.693.


Comments Due


Public Hearing


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

PDF: Proposed Rule Language Supplement

PDF: Small Business Economic Impact Statement (SBEIS)


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Continuing Education

In response to a request from stakeholders, the department has agreed to modify WAC 296-15-360. The rule currently requires that a certified claims administrator who chooses to recertify via continuing education earn 75 continuing education credits, with a minimum number of credits in three different categories. Those categories are named, but not currently defined in rule. The modified rule will rename one category from “elective” to “general claims education,” provide a definition for each category, and clarify how course credits are assigned. In addition, the department plans to modify WAC 296-15-350 to change the term “department-approved claims administrator” to “certified claims administrator,” consistent with the terminology used in WAC 296-15-360.679.


PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


Public Hearing


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Self-Insurance Housekeeping (Chapter 296-15 WAC)

Currently, Chapter 296-15 WAC contains several errors, including referencing other sections which were repealed in other rulemaking and incorrect form numbers. Also, legislative changes now conflict with some current rules. Modifications will be made to ensure compliance with statute. We will also modify rules per current agency standards, replacing all references to “physician” with “provider”.531.


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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