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Governor Polis Declares June Workplace Safety Month in Colorado

Posted: June 1, 2023

In recognition of National Safety Month, Governor Polis has declared June to be Workplace Safety Month in Colorado. Read the proclamation and learn more about how the Premium Cost Containment program is helping certified employers protect workers and save money through free resources and guidance. 

2023 Maximum Benefits Rates

Posted: May 16, 2023 | Effective: July 1, 2023

The Director has issued the Maximum Benefits Order for 2023-2024, effective July 1, 2023. This order sets forth the maximum weekly TTD benefit and adjusts the maximum disfigurement benefit, lump sum limits, combined benefit caps, and funeral reimbursement rate.  

Rule 9 Revision Stakeholder Meeting

Posted: May 3, 2023 | Meeting date: May 23, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. MT

The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation is hosting a virtual stakeholder meeting to gather feedback about potential changes to Rule 9: Dispute Resolution. If you would like to attend, you must register ahead of time.  

'Workers' Compensation 101 for Employers' Video

Posted: April 20, 2023

The Division of Workers' Compensation has published a short informational video introducing Colorado employers to workers' compensation requirements, concepts, and services offered by the state.  

Calculating TPD Benefits Training

Posted: April 19, 2023 

Join the Claims Management and Carrier Practices units on Thursday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. MT for training on how to file, document, and avoid errors for Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits. If you would like to attend, you must register ahead of time

DIME Updates Training Recording and Q&A Report

Posted: April 19, 2023 

The Division Independent Medical Examination Unit held a webinar on changes to the DIME rule for more than 260 stakeholders. A recording and Q&A Report from the session are available online. A copy of the slide deck as well as the full Rule 11 are also available. 

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted: March 8, 2023 

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Brain injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and half a million Coloradans have experienced a brain injury. More than 250,000 of those have sustained a moderate to severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Some of these injuries occur in the workplace. Prioritizing workplace safety and staying up to date on workers’ compensation insurance requirements helps reduce the number of incidents and provides coverage for medical and lost wage benefits when injuries happen on the job. Learn more about insurance requirements at cdle.colorado.gov/dwc/employers and Brain Injury Awareness Month at mindsourcecolorado.org

Rule Updates Effective in March 2023

Posted: February 23, 2023 

Adopted changes to Rule 11: Division Independent Medical Examination become effective on March 2, 2023. Changes to Rule 5: Claims Adjusting Requirements will become effective March 30, 2023. You can sign up to receive emails regarding rule changes, and find details on rule-related meetings on the Division's Events & Training Page

Updated Rules 16 and 18

Posted: January 17, 2023 | Rule effective: January 1, 2023

Updates to Rules 16: Utilization Standards and Rule 18: Medical Fee Schedule became effective on January 1, 2023. To view these and other current rules in their entirety, please visit our Rules of Procedure page



To stay up-to-date on all DOWC rule changes, please make sure to visit our Proposed & Adopted Rules page. 

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Updated

Posted: December 22, 2022 | Change effective: January 1, 2023

The mileage reimbursement rate increased from $0.50 to $0.56 per mile. The Division of Workers' Compensation's Quick Reference Guide has been updated to reflect this increase. 

New Required Interpreter Invoice Form

Posted: December 16, 2022 | Form effective: January 1, 2023

As a result of changes to Rule 18, there is a new and required form for interpreter invoicing. Beginning January 1, 2023, interpreters are required to use and submit this form to carriers for reimbursement for their services.

Emergency Rule 11

Posted: December 30, 2022 | Rule effective: January 1, 2023

The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation adopted emergency Rule 11. The Division is taking this step as the recently adopted version of Rule 18, effective 1/1/2023, no longer includes indigence standards. As a result, the Division adopted this emergency Rule 11 to ensure that indigence standards remain in place until the proposed permanent version of Rule 11 is effective. 

New Accident Documentation and Interview Guides Available

Posted: December 16, 2022

One of the most important steps an employer can take following a workplace injury is to complete a thorough and well-documented accident investigation. Investigations should seek to understand the root cause of the incident, not assign blame. Check out our new Accident Documentation Guide and Workplace Injury Interview Guide for valuable information on preventing repeat accidents. 

New Emergency Rule 5 in Effect & Upcoming Hearing

Posted: December 16, 2022 | Rule effective: December 6, 2022

An updated version of emergency Rule 5 is in effect from December 6, 2022, through April 5, 2023. The previous version of emergency Rule 5 was terminated on November 23, 2022. The most recently adopted changes to Rule 5 were initially redlined on an outdated version of the rule. Although the proposed redlined changes were correct, other sections of the recently adopted rule did not reflect changes that became effective on July 1, 2021. More information about the Rule 5 hearing on January 17, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. MT can be found on our Events and Training page

 Updated Basic Claims Process Guide

Posted: December 16, 2022

The updated Desk Aid 9 resource provides an overview of the basic claims process, including what to do under certain conditions and timelines. View the updated Basic Claims Process document now, along with all of our desk aids for workers' compensation professionals.


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