(a) The commissioner may enter an interlocutory order for the payment of all or part of medical benefits. The order may address accrued benefits, future benefits, or both accrued benefits and future benefits.
(b) The subsequent injury fund shall reimburse an insurance carrier for any overpayments of benefits made under an order entered under Subsection (a) if the order is reversed or modified by final arbitration, order, or decision of the commissioner or a court. The commissioner shall adopt rules to provide for a periodic reimbursement schedule, providing for reimbursement at least annually.
(c) A party that disputes an order entered under Subsection (a) is entitled to a hearing. The hearing shall be conducted by the State Office of Administrative Hearings in the manner provided for a contested case under Chapter 2001, Government Code. The order is binding during the pendency of the appeal.
Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 955, § 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 265 (H.B. 7), § 3.259, eff. September 1, 2005.