Austin, TX – Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon recently announced the appointment of Dr. David Davis as the Medical Advisor for the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC), effective August 26, 2013.
In accordance with the Texas Labor Code the TDI-DWC employs a medical director to advise the Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation on the adoption of rules and policies. The Medical Advisor also reviews complaints on quality of care and serves as the chair of the Medical Quality Review Panel (MQRP), which reviews the actions of doctors, other health care providers, insurance carriers, utilization review agents and independent review organizations in the workers’ compensation system.
Dr. Davis has more than 40 years of experience in orthopedic surgery including orthopedic reconstructive surgery, hand surgery and sports medicine. He retired from his 20 year Austin-based practice in 2012. Previously, he practiced as an orthopedic surgeon in California from 1979 to 1992, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Davis attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and received additional Orthopedic Surgery training at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California.
During this past year, he has served as a member of the TDI-DWC MQRP as a case reviewer, participated in informal settlement conferences, attended quarterly arbiter meetings, provided MQRP training and assisted in the development of plan-based audits. Dr. Davis has also reviewed designated doctor applications for certification and recertification and assisted with designated doctor questions. He has participated in the designated doctor program since 2004.
Former TDI-DWC Medical Advisor Dr. Donald Patrick, who was appointed in July 2010, will continue his service at the TDI-DWC as a Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation.