Austin, TX – The Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation recently adopted a revised procedure for evaluating designated doctor performance effective immediately. The evaluation procedure provides for the review of the quality of designated doctor decisions, as required by law.
The purpose of the Designated Doctor Performance Review Procedure is to establish a fair and transparent process for reviewing the quality of a DD’s work product to assist the Medical Quality Review Panel (MQRP) doctors and DD Recertification Review Committee when considering applicants for recertification.
The process will be administered in a manner that is fair, open, and transparent to all workers’ compensation system participants to the extent consistent with state confidentiality laws. The results of the review process will also help DWC improve the quality of training and testing by identifying areas for improvement in the DD program.
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) may take necessary action to deny renewal of a designated doctor’s certification based on the integrity of these decisions.
Information about the evaluation procedure, including selection criteria, is available here.