The Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to clarify the process for injured workers seeking care from specialists.
S.B. 2190, introduced by Republican Senator Jack Johnson, adds further clarity to the law by requiring an employer to provide a panel of three or more specialists from which an injured worker may choose additional care within three business days after receiving such a request from the worker treating physician.
The bill also extends the time limit for an injured employee to submit an application for increased benefits to the Workers' Compensation Agency from 60 days to 180 after the employee has reached maximum medical improvement and increases the time thereafter for an injury that an employee must report to the State Bureau of Workers Compensation for the injury and the employer's failure to secure payment from 60 days to 1
Legislation reduces the minimum impairment required to support a claim for increased benefits from 10% to 9% impairment.
The bill unanimously approved the State Senate in early March.
If signed into law, the legislation would enter into force immediately.