This course provides a comprehensive overview of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Claim. It also covers statutory deadlines imposed on Insurance Carriers representing employers, definitions and calculation of benefit rates, strategies and legal avenues to effect a reduction or elimination of benefits payable, and the proper use of Bureau forms in order to avoid payment of penalties and fees to Claimants. Learning Objectives
By taking this course, you will learn the ins and outs of how insurance companies operate in Pennsylvania. The course is delivered via self-paced, online modules and an end-of-course exam, as described below.
- Introduction to Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation elements Compensability and Statutory Deadlines
This module provides an introduction to the elements of a compensable claim, and outlines the timeframes within which the Claimant and Insurance Carrier (on behalf of the employer) must file reports and respond to the initiation of the claim.
You will then learn the key elements of the investigation of the compensability of the claim and the documents that must be filed in response.
- Introduction to Benefit Status, Calculating Benefit Rates, and Changing the Benefit Status of the Claimant
This module briefly reviews the elements of a compensable claim, and introduces the concepts of Total and Partial Disability. You will learn the basics for calculating the Average Weekly Wage, and will be introduced the Bureau Documents and administrative processes for initiating a change in benefit status.
- Advanced Issues in Investigation and Acceptance of the Claim for Benefits and the Proper Use of Bureau Form
This module will provide you with a detailed understanding of the statutory and administrative mandates for investigation and acceptance of the claim as well as a review of case law that impacts the Insurance Carrier’s exposure to penalties and fees for unreasonable contest of a claim.
You will gain insight into how to appropriately issue documents so as to avoid these unnecessary costs while investigating the compensability of a claim.
- The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Update
This Webinar provides up-to-the-minute information on new Pennsylvania court cases, Pennsylvania administrative decisions and legislative changes. You can choose to attend the annual live session or view a recorded version at a more convenient date throughout the year to complete your Pennsylvania WCS designation or keep it up-to-date.
An exam is included in the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Series. It consists of 50 questions with a 90 minute time period. You must first take the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Series training modules before taking this exam. You will have one attempt to pass this exam with a passing score of 70% or higher.
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.