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296-15-4304 What must the self-insurer do when an assessment report is received?

(1) A self-insurer must submit a Self-Insurance Vocational Reporting Form and the assessment report to the department within ten working days after receiving the completed report. A completed report is one that, in the opinion of the department, meets the requirements in WAC 296-19A-070.
(2) When time-loss is terminated, based on the vocational rehabilitation provider's recommendations, the self-insurer must notify the worker or the worker's representative as required in WAC 296-15-420(9).
(3) The self-insurer can terminate time-loss on the date they receive the recommendation but, if the department determines the assessment report failed to demonstrate the worker is able to work, the self-insurer must request additional information from the vocational rehabilitation provider before resubmitting the report and an updated Vocational Services Reporting Form to the department.
(4) If the self-insurer terminated time-loss based on the assessment report's recommendation but the department concludes the assessment report failed to demonstrate the worker is able to work, the self-insurer must reinstate time-loss effective the day after the last date paid.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.32.099 and 51.32.0991 (2007 c 72). WSR 08-06-058, § 296-15-4304, filed 2/29/08, effective 3/31/08.]

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