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"Conducting Evaluations of Impairment and Disputed Mental Conditions in Texas Workers' Compensation Cases” This workshop is designed for professionals with backgrounds in forensic, health, or rehabilitation practice, as well as neuropsychologists. While helpful, no prior experience in workers’ compensation is necessary. We will thoroughly cover administrative, legal, and clinical aspects of performing these evaluations, and providing a report that is useful to all parties in these cases.

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When: May 12, 2017
8:00am until 5:00pm
Where: Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, Texas  78713
United States
Presenter: Kyle Babick, Ph.D. and Bill Defoyd, M.A., D.C.
Contact: Sarah Bann
(888) 872-3435


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Conducting Evaluations of Impairment & Disputed Mental Conditions in Texas Workers' Comp Cases

 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thompson Conference Center, Room # 3.120

Austin, Texas 78713

 

Check-in and Continental Breakfast begin at 8:00am.

Workshop begins promptly at 9:00am. Please arrive early enough to check-in, grab breakfast, and get settled.

8:00am-8:45am      Breakfast/check-in

9:00am-12:00pm    Training begins

12:00pm-1:00pm    Lunch on your own

1:00pm-5:00pm      Training continues

7 hours Texas Psychological Association approved Professional Development credit



The workshop will cover:

Basics of the Texas workers’ compensation system including history, roles of different providers, authorization, and billing 
Definitions of terms and concepts based on statutes, rules, and case law 
Administrative issues when performing evaluations for Designated Doctors 
Types of evaluation issues: maximum medical improvement, impairment rating, extent of injury (“causality”), return to work, disability, and other similar issues 
AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fourth Edition, Chapter 4 (Central Nervous System) and Chapter 14 (Mental and Behavioral Disorders) 
Other required references: The Official Disability Guidelines, MDGuidelines 
Strategies and techniques to increase the objectivity and accuracy of the evaluations, including formal psychological testing 
Diagnostic system issues: multiple DSM versions and ICD 
Report style and contents to address required elements

The purpose of this workshop is to teach psychologists and psychiatrists how to serve effectively as specialty evaluators in Texas workers’ compensation administrative cases. In the Texas workers’ compensation system, Designated Doctors are appointed by the Division of Worker’s Compensation to provide objective medical information on maximum medical improvement, impairment rating, extent of injury, return to work, and other issues to aid in resolution of disputes. Designated Doctors are physicians who are required to complete training in applicable Texas statutes and rules, as well as the application of guidelines, including the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fourth Edition.  In cases where the Designated Doctor does not have the expertise to address the issues in question, they must refer the injured worker for appropriate additional testing by an appropriate health care provider. One area where such additional evaluations are essential is the assessment of mental and behavioral disorders, as well as cognitive impairment in brain injuries. There is a need for more psychiatrists and psychologists around the state to perform such evaluations. While somewhat similar to other "disability” and causality evaluations, there are legal and administrative aspects unique to the Texas workers’ compensation system that if not understood, can render the reports unusable.


This workshop is designed for professionals with backgrounds in forensic, health, or rehabilitation practice, as well as neuropsychologists. While helpful, no prior experience in workers’ compensation is necessary. The presentation will thoroughly cover administrative, legal, and clinical aspects of performing these evaluations, and providing a report that is useful to all parties in these cases.


The workshop is presented by Kyle Babick, Ph.D. and Bill Defoyd, M.A., D.C. Dr. Babick is a licensed psychologist with 30 years of experience evaluating and treating injured workers, as well as performing evaluations as part of the designated doctor process. He has served as an advisor to the Division of Workers’ Compensation for many years, including designated doctor training curriculum development. Dr. Defoyd is Director of Designated Doctor Outreach and Oversight at the Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation. 
Prior to joining DWC in 2008, he was the managing partner and Director of the Rehabilitation Department of The Spine and Rehabilitation Center, a multidisciplinary group formed in Austin, Texas in 1994.  Dr. Defoyd also served on the Executive Council/Quality Assurance Panel of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission’s/Division of Workers’ Compensation Medical Quality Review Panel from 2002 – 2008 and was the chiropractic representative to the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Medical Advisory Committee from 2002 - 2005.

Additional Information

There will be a one-hour break for lunch on your own. There is a cafeteria on site with a wide variety of food choices. Outside eating establishments are somewhat limited around the conference center and no food or drink is allowed to be brought in from outside.

If you have a laptop please bring it. The majority of the course materials will be distributed on a thumb drive. Attendees should bring a copy of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fourth Edition if they have it.

Investment (includes continental breakfast):

TPA Members: $219 before April 28, $269 thereafter.
Non-Members: $265 before April 28, $315 thereafter.
Students: $99 before April 28, $149 thereafter.


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