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TX: DWC Announces Recent Enforcement Actions

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC). The final actions include orders related to violations of the Texas Labor...

TX: House Committee Questions DWC’s Handling of Investigations Related to Physician Misconduct

AUSTIN, TX - In a hearing on Monday, the House Business and Industry Committee quizzed Commissioner Rod Bordelon and others over why the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s process for enforcement-level investigations broke down, this after several employees resigned from the state agency...

Changes to Texas Rule 141: Benefit Review Conferences Rules

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Division has adopted new rules regarding requesting Benefit Review Conferences (BRC’s) and the exchange of pertinent information with all parties and the Division prior to the BRC. The new rules significantly restrict access to BRC’s...

TX: DWC Rulebook Supplement 2010 Now Online

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Workers’ Compensation Rulebook Supplement 2010-02 containing rules adopted by the Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation in August 2010 is available online from the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC). The...

TX: DWC Announces August Enforcement Actions

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC). The final actions include orders related to violations of the Texas Labor...

TX: DWC Proposes Informal Pharmacy Fee Guideline Rules

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) is accepting comment on two drafts of an informally proposed rule to amend 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 134.503 regarding the Pharmacy Fee Guideline. The informal proposal rule drafts...

TX: DWC Proposes Amendments To Medical Bill Reporting

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) is accepting comment on informally proposed rules to amend 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §134.802 and new §§134.800, 134.801, and 134.803 - 134.808 regarding Medical...

TX: DWC Wants To Reconsider Payment Of Medical Bills

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) is accepting comments on informally proposed rules to amend 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§133.2; 133.240, 133.250, and 134.600 regarding Definitions; Medical Payments and...

TX: Employers Can Now Report WC Status Online

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - State law requires Texas employers who do not carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage to report their non-coverage status and work-related injuries and illnesses to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC), the state...

TX: DWC Asks For Input On Input For Review Audit Plan

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) seeks input and suggestions regarding the development of a new Medical Quality Review Audit Plan (Audit Plan). The Audit Plan sets the priorities for what types of audits the Medical Quality...

TX: DWC Announces Performance Based Oversight Results For Insurance Carriers

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) today announced the results of the latest Performance Based Oversight (PBO) assessment of insurance carriers in the workers’ compensation system. A total of 113 insurance carriers...

TX: DWC Publishes Annual WC Report

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) -The Texas workers’ compensation system has undergone significant changes in the five years since the passage of House Bill (HB) 7 by the 79th Legislature in 2005. Since 2005, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC...

TX: DWC Approves 12 Companies To Self-Insure WC Claims

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) approved the renewals of the Certificates of Authority for twelve companies to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period under the TDI-DWC Self-Insurance Program...

TX: WCC Adopts Amendments Of Review Of Employer Report Of Injury

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon adopted amendments to 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §136.1 and §136.2 regarding Review of Employer Report of Injury and Registry of Private Providers of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The adoption...

TX: DWC Centralizes Processing Of Designated Doctor Reports And Narratives

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - No later than March 1, 2011, designated doctors must fax all completed designated doctor reports and associated narrative attachments, including the DWC Form-069, Report of Medical Evaluation, and DWC Form-073, Work Status Report, to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division...

TX: DWC Announces Jan. Enforcement Actions

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC). The final actions include orders related to violations of the Texas Labor...

Texas DWC’s Decision to Deny Benefit Review Conference Requests May Result in Greater Number of Incorrect Impairment Ratings

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Division announced a new policy to its administrative staff designed to limit the number of Benefit Review Conferences (BRCs). Benefit Review Officers are now instructed to deny BRC Requests on MMI/IR disputes unless there is an alternate certification...

TX: TDI-DWC Centralizes Processing Of DWC Form-069 And Narratives

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - No later than March 1, 2011, workers’ compensation system participants must fax all completed DWC Form-069, Report of Medical Evaluation and associated narrative attachments to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) at...

TX: DWC Revises Instructions For The Work Status Report Form

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) has revised the instructions for the DWC Form-073, Work Status Report. Treating doctors, referral doctors, designated doctors, and doctors who perform Required Medical Examinations (RME...

Freedom of Speech in Delaware, But Don't Mess with Texas

Okay, you know it's going to be good when the post is about an article sent to me by my ex-husband, who is not a blogger..... but he is a tax attorney. An article in the recent ABA Journal talks about how circumscribed the law is in the Lone Star State in terms of what you can and can't say when...

TX: Commissioner Approves Revised IRO Plan-Based Audit

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - On February 8, 2011 the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) posted the IRO Plan-Based Audit for comment. After reviewing comments, Commissioner Rod Bordelon has approved the revised IRO Plan-Based Audit for 2011 … read...

TX: Division Of Workers' Comp Announces February Enforcement Actions

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC). The final actions include orders related to violations of the Texas Labor...

TX: Division Of Workers' Comp Proposes Revisions To Request For Reimbursement Form

Dallas, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) has proposed revisions to the DWC Form-026, Request for Reimbursement of Payment Made by Health Care Insurer. Health care insurers and/or their authorized representative are required to...

Texas: Caselaw Review of In re Severiano DeLeon v. Royal Indemnity Co. (03-08-00532-CV) 01/27/2010

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford This case concerns the proper impairment rating and procedure when overturning an impairment rating calculated in accordance with DWC Advisory 2003-10 and Advisory 2003-10B. The designated doctor and treating doctor utilized DWC Advisory 2003...

Texas: Performance Based Oversight

By Stuart D. Colburn, Esq., Shareholder, Downs Stanford The Division held its first Performance Based Oversight (PBO) working group meeting on July 27, 2011. The meeting notes developed by the Division of Workers’ Compensation are attached to this Advisory. I refer you to those notes for a discussion...