Texas Division of Workers’ Comp Seeks Comments on Designated Doctor Rules
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) informed workers’ comp system participants this week of proposals for a second set of amendments to 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 127, Designated Doctor Procedures and Requirements, and 28 TAC Section 180.23 to improve the designated doctor (DD) program.
DWC staff evaluated comments from the first informal proposal and made changes to DD qualifications when examining injured employees with certain complex diagnoses. DWC is also proposing a template for the DD report. The template provides a standardized approach to organizing the narrative report, so the parties receiving the report can more easily identify the DD exam findings.
DWC will host a stakeholder presentation on the second set of amendments to Chapter 127 on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 1:30 p.m., CT, to discuss updated amendments to rule language and feedback from system participants on the first informal proposal.
DWC is requesting comments on the rule text and the proposed template documents. Email your comments to [email protected]. DWC must receive written comments by 5 p.m., Central time, on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
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