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Cassi G. Martin counsel with Hill Wallack. Cassi G. Martin counsel with Hill Wallack.

Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania is a form-driven practice, as dictated by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Six years ago, however, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation introduced the workers’ compensation automation and integration system (WCAIS). WCAIS rolled out in phases and, beginning in 2013, increasingly required claims professionals to process claims information electronically rather than by submission of paper forms. Before WCAIS, in order to accept or deny a claim, claims professionals completed a paper form, served it and filed it with the bureau. Now, with WCAIS fully implemented and the ability to process claims via electronic data interchange (EDI) transactions, the bureau has stopped accepting many paper forms.

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