The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) announced this month that, as of Jan. 1, 2014, it will cease accepting paper copies of Form 101 Employers First Report of Injury.
The department will require electronic submission of all First Reports of Injury beginning 2014.
To that end, all entities required to submit First Reports of Injury will have the option of submitting forms via Electronic Data Interchange for batch data submissions, secure file transfer for completed PDF forms (Form 101s filled out and transmitted individually) or by filing the First Reports of Injury forms individually via the department’s website using an authorized online account.
The department said it will begin contacting insurers, self-insurers and third-party administrator over the next few months to discuss options for submission.
Insurers interested in utilizing Electronic Data Interchange can contact the department for further information. Filing forms via the online accounts only requires Internet connection and a valid user account.
The department said all insurers, employers, self-insurers, self-insurance groups and third-party administrators who have not yet done so, should obtain a Department of Industrial Accidents online account that will give access to additional electronic filing options for several forms. The accounts are provided free of charge.
The Department of Industrial Accidents said its goal is to have all board filings conducted electronically within the next 12 to 24 months.
The circular letter can be found at the department’s website (a PDF file).
Source: Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents
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