TN House And Senate Speakers Signs Bill 2928


Nashville, TN (CompNewsNetwork) - On Wednesday, May 12th, 2010, both the speakers of the House and Senate signed Bill 2928. 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 SB 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 SB 2928 as amended.

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