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.
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
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.
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.