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The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation in 2019 assessed 113 medical providers statewide, finding that 36 of them, or 32%, were poor performers when it came to filing work status reports for previously injured workers, according to data released Friday.
Yet the 2019 Health Care Provider Performance Based Oversight assessment, in line with state law that requires regulators to audit how efficiently and effectively doctors file medical evaluations and work status reports, found that most of the reviews put doctors in good standing.
In its review of 97 health care providers for the timeliness of filing evaluation forms, 73 of them had scores placing them in the high performer tier, 18 were in the average performer tier, and six had scores placing them in the poor performer tier.
Of the 113 health care providers reviewed for the completeness of work status reports, 49 had scores placing them in the high performer tier, 28 were in the average performer tier, and 36 had scores placing them in the poor performer tier.
The department reviewed 113 health care providers for documentation supporting why the injured employee was prevented from returning to work, finding that 55 had scores placing them in the high performer tier, 39 were in the average performer tier, and 19 had scores placing them in the poor performer tier.
The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers Compensation is seeking comment on informal rules it released on Thursday to implement a new law intended to protect injured employees who receive treatment at federal military facilities.