The following policy and procedures were recently revised or introduced. All references to the “Act” are to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.
Injuries – Psychological (POL & PRO 02/2017)
POL and PRO 02/2017, Injuries – Psychological, have been approved by the Board Members and CEO. Changes to this policy and procedure take into account the amendments to our legislation that established a rebuttable presumption for psychological injury claims.
A psychological injury is now presumed to be an injury that arose out of and in the course of the worker’s employment if:
- The worker is, or the former worker, was exposed to a traumatic event (which is defined within the policy).
- The traumatic event arose out of & in the course of employment.
- The traumatic event has caused the worker or former worker to suffer a psychological disorder that is diagnosed in accordance with the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5 which is prescribed by our Miscellaneous Regulations).
- The psychological disorder is diagnosed by a psychologist or psychiatrist licensed to practice and make diagnoses.
Any psychological injury that resulted from a traumatic event at work may be covered regardless of when the event occurred. If a psychological injury claim was previously denied under former legislation, a worker can request WCB to reconsider the original decision. These requests should go to the team responsible for the most recent decision (e.g., CES III, Case Manager, Appeals Officer, Board Appeal Tribunal), before progressing to the next level of appeal (e.g., the Appeals Department, Board Appeal Tribunal).
See our Fact Sheet for more information.
Health Care Services – Assessment Teams (PRO 51/2017)
The continuum of care model is a framework for the efficient and coordinated planning and provision of medical aid and return-to-work plans appropriate to each stage of a worker’s injury and recovery. Within this model, there are three levels of assessment and treatment – Level I (primary), Level II (secondary), and Level III (tertiary) – that progress towards increased program complexity, scope and resources, depending on the needs of the injured worker. The role of the assessment teams is to ensure the worker’s optimal recovery from a physical work injury and a return to safe, meaningful employment. The updated fees and standards have become a stand-alone document that is now posted on our website in the care providers section.
Health Care Services – Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) (PRO 52/2017)
Registered Nurse Practitioners who hold current licensure with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurse Association and are accredited by the WCB, may provide services to WCB customers. The procedure and the fee schedule for RN(NP)s have been revised. The updated fee schedule and Service Guidelines are posted on our website in the care providers section.
Expenses – Travel and Sustenance – PSC Rates (PRO 53/2017)
This procedure was updated to provide the current rates at which WCB staff and customers are to be reimbursed for travel and sustenance expenses incurred while attending to WCB business. As this procedure is based upon rates established by the Public Service Commission (PSC), it is revised each time the PSC revises its travel and sustenance rates.
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