This course provides a comprehensive overview of Minnesota Workers' Compensation, including the purpose behind the workers’ compensation system, basic terminology used in workers’ compensation matters and the parties involved in a typical claim.
It covers medical and rehabilitation issues concerning the extent of an employee’s treatment, preexisting medical conditions, work restrictions, vocational rehabilitation and retraining, and an employee’s plan to return to work. Also discussed is Minnesota case law, as well as common forms used in a claim with complete process instructions and examples. Learning Objectives
By taking this course, you will learn the ins and outs of how insurance companies operate in Minnesota. The course is delivered via self-paced, online modules and an end-of-course exam, as described below.
- Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurance System Overview
This module covers the technical aspects of insurance in Minnesota including how insurance underwriters determine the premium employers pay and what factors drive up the cost of a workers’ compensation insurance policy.
- Introduction & Overview of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation System
As with any state, Minnesota has its own unique rules and laws to handle workers’ compensation claims. This module provides an overview of the workers’ compensation system in Minnesota, presents the basic terminology regularly used in workers’ compensation cases, and explains “who’s who” in a typical claim.
This module also lays out a very useful timeline, and shows examples of many of the common forms used in managing a workers’ compensation claim, including First Report of Injury, Notice of Insurer’s Primary Liability Determination, Notice of Intention to Discontinue Benefits, and Notice of Benefit Payment.
- Admitting or Denying a Claim and Determining Benefits
This module presents the fundamental issues involved in a Minnesota workers’ compensation claim including whether to admit or deny a claim, evaluating the course and scope of employment as related to an employee’s injury, and establishing a causal connection. It also explains how to calculate an employee’s average weekly wage, in addition to the four types of wage loss benefits: Temporary Total Disability, Temporary Partial Disability, Permanent Total Disability, and Permanent Partial Disability.
- Medical Issues in a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Bearing in mind that workers’ compensation claims involve injured employees, medical issues frequently arise in handling a claim. This module explains reasonable and necessary medical care, treatment parameters, aggravation of a preexisting condition, Independent Medical Evaluations, Health Care Provider Reports and Reports of Work Ability, work restrictions, chiropractic treatment, Maximum Medical Improvement, and Medical Requests.
- Rehabilitation and Retraining of an Employee in a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Often, the goal for an injured employee is to get back into the work place. For this reason, handling a workers’ compensation claim may involve rehabilitation and retraining as part of an employee’s plan to return to work. This module seeks to simplify the Rehabilitation Request and other “R-forms,” Disability Status Report, Qualified Rehabilitation Consultants, Placement Specialists, Functional Capacity Evaluations, and Independent Vocational Evaluators. It also explains what is involved in performing a diligent job search.
An exam is included in the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Series. It consists of 50 questions with a 90 minute time period. You must first take the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Series training modules before taking this exam. You will have one attempt to pass this exam with a passing score of 75% or higher. (Additional exams are $50.)
You will receive six months of unlimited access to this package. Upon placing your order, you will receive an email with instructions to access your online training. You may begin immediately!Note: This course may be taken independently for professional development or in conjunction with other courses to earn the Workers Compensation Specialist (WCS) designation. Click on the hyperlinked item for a full description of the designation.