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Title:
15044-nnr
Date:
May 14, 2015

15044-nnr

May 14, 2015

DECISION AND ORDER

This case is decided pursuant to Chapter 410 of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act and the Rules of the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation. For the reasons discussed herein, the Hearing Officer determines that the preponderance of the evidence is not contrary to the decision of the Independent Review Organization (IRO) that Claimant is not entitled to a lumbar discogram with CT of the lumbar spine for the compensable injury of (Date of Injury).

STATEMENT OF THE CASE

A contested case hearing was held on May 7, 2015 to decide the following disputed issue:

Is the preponderance of the evidence contrary to the decision of the Independent Review Organization (IRO) that Claimant is not entitled to a lumbar discogram with CT of the lumbar spine for the compensable injury of (Date of Injury)?

PARTIES PRESENT

Petitioner/Claimant appeared and was assisted by AC, ombudsman.

Respondent/Carrier was represented by CS, attorney.

EVIDENCE PRESENTED

The following witnesses testified:

For Claimant: Claimant.

For Carrier: None.

The following exhibits were admitted into evidence:

Hearing Officer’s Exhibits: HO-1 and HO-2.

Claimant’s Exhibits: C-1 through C-6.

Carrier’s Exhibits: CR-A through CR-M.

DISCUSSION

The Hearing Officer considered all of the evidence admitted. The Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law are based on an assessment of all of the evidence whether or not the evidence is specifically discussed in this Decision and Order.

FINDINGS OF FACT

  1. The parties stipulated to the following facts:
    1. Venue is proper in the (City) Field Office of the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation.
    2. On (Date of Injury), Claimant was the employee of the (Employer), Employer.
    3. On (Date of Injury), Employer provided workers’ compensation insurance as a Self-Insurer.
    4. On (Date of Injury), Claimant sustained a compensable injury.
  2. Carrier delivered to Claimant a single document stating the true corporate name of Carrier, and the name and street address of Carrier’s registered agent, which document was admitted into evidence as Hearing Officer’s Exhibit Number 2.
  3. The IRO determined that the requested service was not reasonable and necessary health care for the compensable injury of (Date of Injury).
  4. Claimant did not present sufficient evidence-based medical evidence contrary to the IRO decision.
  5. A lumbar discogram with CT of the lumbar spine is not health care reasonably required for the compensable injury of (Date of Injury).

CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

  1. The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation, has jurisdiction to hear this case.
  2. Venue is proper in the (City) Field Office.
  3. The preponderance of the evidence is not contrary to the decision of the IRO that a lumbar discogram with CT of the lumbar spine is not health care reasonably required for the compensable injury of (Date of Injury).

DECISION

Claimant is not entitled to a lumbar discogram with CT of the lumbar spine for the compensable injury of (Date of Injury).

ORDER

Carrier is not liable for the benefits at issue in this hearing. Claimant remains entitled to medical benefits for the compensable injury in accordance with §408.021.

The true corporate name of the insurance carrier is COUNTY OF (CITY)(SELF-INSURED),and the name and address of its registered agent for service of process is

VE

COUNTY JUDGE

ADDRESS

CITY, STATE ZIP

Signed this 14th day of May, 2015.

Teresa G. Hartley
Hearing Officer

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