Austin, TX – The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently issued a mandatory data call for certain information related to COVID-19 injuries reported to selected insurance carriers on or after December 1, 2019. The Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG) will compile the results on behalf of DWC. The DWC requested the information under Texas Labor Code §§401.024, 402.00111(b), 402.00128(b)(10) and (12), and Chapter 405.
The data call is designed to provide DWC with immediate access to information necessary to determine the impact of COVID-19 injuries on the Texas workers’ compensation system.
DWC directs all selected insurance carriers and insurance carrier groups to provide summary data using the COVID-19 data call reporting forms and instructions. Each selected insurance carrier or group is required to provide one data submission per insurance carrier or group.
Insurance carriers and groups must submit the requested data to DWC through the insurance carrier Austin representative’s Secure File Transfer Protocol box no later than 5 p.m., Central time on August 17, 2020. This submission should include all COVID-19 exposures and injuries reported and payments made on these injuries through June 30, 2020. See the schedule attached to this bulletin for subsequent submission deadlines. Subsequent data call submissions are cumulative.
Insurance carriers should maintain injury level data for the injuries reported in this data call and may be asked to submit that data to DWC in the future.
For questions about this bulletin, please contact the Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group at WCResearch@tdi.texas.gov.
COVID-19 Data Call Submission Deadlines
- COVID-19 exposures and injuries reported to the insurance carrier from December 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, and payments made on those injuries as of June 30, 2020. Deadline: August 17, 2020
- COVID-19 exposures and injuries reported to the insurance carrier from December 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020, and payments made on those injuries as of September 30, 2020. Deadline: October 30, 2020
- COVID-19 exposures and injuries reported to the insurance carrier from December 1, 2019, through December 31, 2020, and payments made on those injuries as of December 31, 2020. Deadline: January 29, 2021