TCA Statement on TDI-DWC Designated Doctor Proposed Changes
Written by Andrea Howard   
Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:20 AM

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation (“the Division”) has recently proposed changes to the Designated Doctor (“DD”) program. Specifically, the Division has proposed amending the types of examinations Doctors of Chiropractic are “qualified” to handle and changing the way DD examinations are scheduled.

The Texas Chiropractic Association (“TCA”) appreciates the Division’s attempts to improve the DD program, and we were particularly pleased that the Division revised its proposal regarding the scheduling of DD examinations. We are currently reviewing those revisions with our members.

But we remain gravely concerned that the proposed changes to DD “qualifications” standards will unfairly discriminate against Doctors of Chiropractic and negatively impact the injured workers of Texas. We have expressed these concerns to the Division repeatedly – both publicly via formal comment, and privately in meetings with the Division.

Texas Doctors of Chiropractic have long been willing to travel to the farthest corners of Texas to ensure that injured workers receive the attention they deserve, and TCA will continue to fight for a DD program that treats doctors fairly and protects injured workers. We look forward to working with the Division on this issue.