Compliance Corner: Tenn. Certified Physicians

01 May, 2024 Frank Ferreri


Gallatin, TN ( -- To be officially recognized by the Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation as certified physicians, physicians must meet a few prerequisites to qualify for certification.

Here's a breakdown of those qualifications are.

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Physicians seeking a listing on the CPP Registry shall submit a completed and signed Physician Application to the Program Coordinator and must satisfy the following qualifications:

(1) Possess a license to practice medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic, in Tennessee, which is current, active, and unrestricted, and furnish satisfactory evidence of licensure to the Bureau.

(2) Be board-certified or board-eligible in her medical specialty by a board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association or another organization acceptable to the Administrator, and furnish satisfactory evidence of certification or eligibility to the Bureau.

(3) Have successfully completed a training course, approved by the Administrator, dedicated to the proper application of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment and furnish satisfactory evidence of course completion to the Bureau.

(4) Have successfully completed the Bureau-conducted training course within the last year, providing instruction in the best practices for treating and evaluating injured workers within the Tennessee workers’ compensation system and furnish satisfactory evidence of completion to the Bureau, with the following conditions:

A. The successful completion of the course includes viewing all of the material and passing the Bureau-conducted comprehensive test.

B. This comprehensive test will be a minimum of 50 questions and allow 2 hours for completion.

C. A passing score is 80% correct answers on the comprehensive test.

D. If a physician fails the comprehensive test, the physician may retake it a second time within six months. If the physician fails the second time, the physician must retake the entire course before taking the test again.

E. There is no limit to the number of times the physician may retake the comprehensive test provided the physician completes the entire training course every two attempts.

F. A physician will not be considered for appointment to the CPP Registry until the physician has completed the best practices training course, has passed the comprehensive test, and has met other minimum requirements pursuant to this rule.

G. Any available Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be awarded only after completion of the course and passing the test.

(5) Furnish satisfactory proof of carrying the minimum medical malpractice insurance coverage amounts.

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    • Frank Ferreri

      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Frank encourages everyone to consider helping out the Kind Souls Foundation and Kids' Chance of America.

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