Texas Repeals Workers’ Comp Treatment Planning Rule

September 27, 2007

A rule that would have required treating doctors in the Texas Workers’ Compensation System to complete a treatment plan for non-network workers’ compensation patients in specific situations was repealed on Sept.10, 2007.

Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Albert Betts originally adopted the treatment planning rule along with other disability management rules, including treatment and return to work guidelines in December 2006.

The treatment and return to work guideline rules remain in effect. Treatments and services that exceed or are not addressed in the treatment guideline require preauthorization.

Commissioner Betts repealed the treatment planning rule in response to feedback from the medical and insurance carrier communities requesting more time and direction on treatment planning requirements.

Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation will hold a stakeholder meeting to discuss disability management on Oct. 4, 2007. The agenda will include: the disability management pilot, feedback on services requiring preauthorization and treatment planning.

The repeal is posted on the agency Web site at:

Source: Texas Department of Insurance, www.tdi.state.tx.us

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