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Advisory 96-14

NOTIFICATION OF MMI/IMPAIRMENT RATING DISPUTES

Effective October 1, 1996, insurance carriers and represented injured workers must file the TWCC-32, "Notice of Maximum Medical Improvement/Impairment Rating Dispute," to notify the Commission about disputes on certifications of the date of maximum medical improvement and/or assigned impairment ratings. However, insurance carriers and represented injured workers will be allowed an additional 60 days from the date of this Advisory for securing, distributing and using this particular form. Proper completion and timely filing of this form will constitute compliance with the provisions of Rule 130.5(a) if a copy of the form is sent to the other party the same time it is filed with the Commission. While the effective date for this form is October 1, 1996, parties may use this form immediately.

This form establishes a uniform method of notifying the Commission about these types of disputes and will enable the Commission to process these disputes in a timely and efficient manner. In the past, these disputes have been filed in various ways which caused delays in the selection of designated doctors. While the failure to use this form may not result in a determination that the party has waived its right to dispute, so long as a timely dispute is otherwise filed, it may result in inadvertent delays in processing the dispute.

An unrepresented injured worker may notify the Commission about a maximum medical improvement and/or impairment rating dispute in any timely manner. However, this form may also be used by the injured worker or another person to document the dispute for processing purposes.

Signed September 24, 1996

Todd K. Brown, Executive Director



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