TN Gov. Signs Bill For Max Medical Improvement Date For Pain Management Treatments Cases

                               Nashville, TN (CompNewsNetwork) - The Governor of Tennessee signed Senate Bill 2928 yesterday. The bill establishes a conclusive presumption that any employee claiming a work related injury on or after July 1, 2010, that results in any time in pain management is at maximum medical improvement upon the earlier of the following occurrences:

(1) The treating physician places the employee at MMI; or
(2) 52 weeks after the employee reaches MMI for the physical injury that necessitated the need for pain management.

ON MARCH 22, 2010, THE SENATE ADOPTED AMENDMENT #1 AND RESET SENATE BILL 2928, AS AMENDED.

AMENDMENT #1 rewrites this bill and authorizes treating physicians of patients being treated under the provisions of the workers' compensation law to refer such patients for pain management. The amendment establishes a presumption that a patient who is beyond the expected period of healing but who is referred to pain management to be at maximum medical improvement for workers' compensation purposes upon the earlier of the date that the treating physician determines the patient to be at maximum medical improvement or 104 weeks after the commencement of pain management.

ON MARCH 29, 2010, THE SENATE FURTHER CONSIDERED AND PASSED SENATE BILL 2928, AS AMENDED.
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