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A designated doctor is a doctor selected by the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) to make a recommendation about an injured employee's medical condition or to resolve a dispute about a work-related injury or occupational illness. The injured employee, employee's representative, if any, insurance carrier or the DWC can request an examination by a designated doctor. The DWC will determine if a designated doctor should be appointed to conduct the examination.

Certification Requirements - Designated Doctors & Maximum Medical Improvement/Impairment Rating Doctors
Health Care Provider Training Testing
Designated Doctors (Both New and Renewing) Must attend required training. Retraining is required every two (2) years. New and renewing Designated Doctors are required to test and reapply every two (2) years.
Maximum Medical Improvement/Impairment Rating Authorized Doctors (Non-Designated Doctors) Must attend required training. Retraining is required every two (2) years. New and renewing doctors are required to test and notify the Office of the Medical Advisor at OMA@tdi.texas.gov.
Ancillary Health Care Providers (e.g. physical therapists, occupational therapists, non-licensed technicians) Must attend required training. Retraining is required every two (2) years. Testing is not required.
Required Materials
Medical Disability Guidelines
(Reed Group Disability Guidelines)
Official Disability Guidelines AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th Edition

The Reed Group
10155 Westmoor Drive, Suite 210
Westminster, CO 80021

Work Loss Data Institute
169 Saxony Road, Suite 112
Encinitas, CA 92024

American Medical Association, Mail Order Department
PO Box 930876
Atlanta, GA 31193-0876

Website: www.mdguidelines.com
Sales – 1-866-889-4449
Email: dkukielka@reedgroup.com

Website: www.worklossdata.com
Phone: 1-800-488-5548 or 1-760-753-9992
Email: tom@worklossdata.com

Website: AMA Store - AMA Guides Fourth Edition Product Page
Phone orders: (800) 621-8335
Phone orders for AMA members: (800) 262-3211
This publication is only available in hard copy and is also available at online retailers such as Amazon.

What's New

Appeals Panel Decisions for Designated Doctors

Designated Doctor Data

Designated Doctor Newsletter and Publications

Forms and Other Resources

Act and Rules

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Last updated: 09/13/2017

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