Texas: Division adopts rule on examinations by treating doctor
The rule addresses issues other than certification of maximum medical improvement and the evaluation of permanent impairment. An injured worker required to be examined by a designated doctor can request a medical examination to determine maximum medical improvement and the injured worker's impairment rating from the worker's treating doctor or another doctor to whom the injured worker is referred by the treating doctor if the designated doctor's opinion is the injured worker's first evaluation of maximum medical improvement and impairment rating and the injured worker is not satisfied with the designated doctor's report. The rule also sets forth guidelines prescribing the circumstances under which an examination by a treating doctor or referral doctor to determine any issue other than certification of maximum medical improvement and the evaluation of impairment rating, may be appropriate. The adopted rule went into effect on Jan. 6.
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January 14, 2013
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