In the wake of Hurricane Harvey making landfall in numerous counties this past August, the Division had issued a bulletin directing insurance carriers and system participants to extend deadlines for medical examinations, authorize payment for pharmacies to dispense 90-day supplies of medications, reimburse for emergency and non-emergency health care services out of network, and expedite change-of-address processing. Additionally, the bulletin had suspended deadlines for claims notifications and filing, electronic data reporting, medical and income payments, medical billing, and medical and income benefit disputes.
The Division has issued a subsequent bulletin directing system participants to resume normal claims processing and dispute resolution operations effective January 10, 2018, stating that it is now practical and in the best interests of the workers’ compensation system to do so. All standard workers’ compensation deadlines and procedures are now back in effect.
~ This blog submission was prepared by Erin Shanley, an attorney with Stone Loughlin & Swanson, LLC, a law firm dedicated to representing self-insured employers, insurance carriers, and third party administrators in all matters related to workers’ compensation. Stone Loughlin & Swanson is a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). If you have any questions about this submission or Texas workers’ compensation in general, please contact Erin by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her directly at (512) 343-1300.
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