WC Issues Bulletin on Resuming Certain DD and RMEs
On March 25th DWC ceased orders for DD exams and was holding requests and suspending RMEs, DD, and referral exams that have already been ordered. DWC has issued a bulletin offering guidance for resuming these exams.
On June 15, 2020 doctors with DD or MMI and IR certifications and referral doctors may resume scheduling and conducting DD examinations and RMEs previously ordered by DWC. Since the work search requirements are still suspended, DWC notes that doctors should not perform any portions of the exam or reports related to the injured employee's ability to return to work or disability as a direct result of the compensable injury. DWC will allow these examination issues to resume at a later date.
On June 22, 2020, DWC will resume processing requests for DD examinations and RMEs except for the issues of return to work or disability as a result of the compensable injury. DWC will only order approved pending DD examination requests for the issues of MMI, IR, extent of injury, or other similar issues. Approved pending RME requests will only be ordered for the evaluation of a DD determination for the issues of MMI, IR, extent of injury, other similar issues, or requests to assess the appropriateness of health care.
To read the full bulletin go here.