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Section:
116.11
Title:
Request for Reimbursement from the Subsequent Injury Fund

§ 116.11

Request for Reimbursement from the Subsequent Injury Fund

(a) An insurance carrier may request:

(1) reimbursement from the Subsequent Injury Fund (SIF) under to Labor Code §403.006(b)(2) for an overpayment of income, death, or medical benefits when the insurance carrier has made an unrecoupable overpayment pursuant to the decision of an administrative law judge, the Appeals Panel, or an interlocutory order, and that decision or order is reversed or modified by final arbitration, order, or decision of the commissioner, State Office of Administrative Hearings, or a court of last resort;

(2) reimbursement from the SIF under Labor Code §403.007(d) for death benefits paid to the SIF before a legal beneficiary was determined to be entitled to receive death benefits;

(3) for a compensable injury that occurs on or after July 1, 2002, reimbursement from the SIF for the amount of income benefits paid to an injured employee based on multiple employment and paid under Labor Code §408.042;

(4) for a compensable injury that occurs on or after September 1, 2007, reimbursement from the SIF for the amount of income, death benefits, or a combination paid to an injured employee or a legal beneficiary based on multiple employment and paid under Labor Code §408.042;

(5) reimbursement from the SIF, under Labor Code §408.0041(f) and (f-1), for an overpayment of benefits made by the insurance carrier based on the opinion of the designated doctor if that opinion is reversed or modified by a final arbitration award or a final order or decision of the commissioner or a court; or

(6) reimbursement from the SIF made in accordance with rules adopted by the commissioner under Labor Code §413.0141. For purposes of this subsection only, an injury is determined not to be compensable following:

(A) The final decision of the commissioner or the judgment of the court of last resort; or

(B) A claimant's failure to respond within one year of a timely dispute of compensability filed by an insurance carrier. In this instance only, the effective date of the determination of noncompensability is one year from the date the insurance carrier filed the dispute with the division.

(i) A determination under this paragraph does not constitute final adjudication. It does not preclude a party from pursuing their claim through the division's dispute resolution process and it does not permit a health care provider to pursue a private claim against the claimant.

(ii) If the claim is later determined to be compensable, the insurance carrier must reimburse the SIF for any initial pharmaceutical payment that the SIF previously reimbursed to the insurance carrier. The insurance carrier's reimbursement of the SIF must be paid within the timeframe the insurance carrier has to comply with the agreement, decision and order, or other judgment that found the claim to be compensable.

(b) The amount of reimbursement the insurance carrier may be entitled to is equal to the amount of unrecoupable overpayments paid and does not include any amounts the insurance carrier overpaid voluntarily or as a result of its own errors. An unrecoupable overpayment of income or death benefits for the purpose of reimbursement from the SIF only includes those benefits that were overpaid by the insurance carrier pursuant to an interlocutory order, a designated doctor's opinion or a decision which were finally determined to be not owed and which, in the case of an overpayment of income or death benefits to the injured employee or legal beneficiary, were not recoverable or convertible from other income or death benefits.

(c) Ro request reimbursement under subsection (a)(1) of this section for insurance carrier claims of benefit overpayments made under an interlocutory order or decision of the commissioner that is later reversed or modified by final arbitration, order, decision of the commissioner, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, or court of last resort, an insurance carrier must:

(1) submit the request electronically in the form and manner prescribed by the division;

(2) provide a claim-specific summary of the reason the insurance carrier is seeking reimbursement and the total amount of reimbursement requested, including how it is calculated;

(3) provide a detailed payment record showing the dates and amounts of the payments, payees, type of benefits and periods of benefits paid, all plain language notices (PLNs) about the payment of benefits, all certifications of maximum medical improvement and assignments of impairment rating and documentation that shows the overpayment was unrecoupable as described in subsection (b) of this section, if applicable;

(4) provide the name, address, and federal employer identification number of the payee (insurance carrier) for any reimbursement that may be due;

(5) provide copies of all relevant orders and decisions (benefit review conference reports, interlocutory orders, contested case hearing decisions and orders, Appeals Panel decisions, and court orders) relating to the requested reimbursement and show which document is the final decision on the matter;

(6) provide copies of all relevant reports and DWC forms the employer filed with the insurance carrier; and

(7) provide copies of all medical bills, preauthorization request documents, relevant independent review organization (IRO) decisions, medical fee dispute decisions, contested case hearing decisions and orders, Appeals Panel decisions, and court orders on medical disputes associated with the overpayment, if the request is based on an
overpayment of medical benefits.

(d) To request reimbursement under subsection (a)(2) of this section for reimbursement of death benefits paid to the SIF before to a legal beneficiary is determined to be entitled to receive death benefits, an insurance carrier must:

(1) submit the request electronically in the form and manner prescribed by the division;

(2) provide a claim-specific summary of the reason the insurance carrier is seeking reimbursement and the total amount of reimbursement requested, including how it was calculated;

(3) provide a detailed payment record showing the dates and amounts of payments, payees, and periods of benefits paid;

(4) provide the name, address, and federal employer identification number of the payee (insurance carrier) for any reimbursement that may be due;

(5) provide the documentation the legal beneficiary submitted with the claim for death benefits under §122.100 of this title (relating to Claim for Death Benefits); and

(6) provide the final award of the commissioner or the final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction determining that the legal beneficiary is entitled to the death benefits.

(e) To request reimbursement under subsections (a)(3) or (4) of this section regarding multiple employment, the requester must submit the request on an annual basis for the payments made during the same or previous fiscal year. The fiscal year begins each September 1 and ends on August 31 of the next calendar year. For example, insurance carrier payments made during the fiscal year from September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010, must be submitted by August 31, 2011. Any claims for insurance carrier payments related to multiple employment that are not submitted within the required timeframe will not be reviewed for reimbursement. To request reimbursement under subsections (a)(3) or (4), an insurance carrier must:

(1) submit the request electronically in the form and manner prescribed by the division;

(2) provide a claim-specific summary of the reason the insurance carrier is seeking reimbursement and the total amount of reimbursement requested, including how it is calculated;

(3) provide a detailed payment record showing the dates and amounts of payments, payees, type of benefits and periods of benefits paid, all PLNs about the payment of benefits, and documentation that shows the overpayment was unrecoupable as described in subsection (b) of this section, if applicable;

(4) provide the name, address, and federal employer identification number of the payee (insurance carrier) for any reimbursement that may be due;

(5) provide information documenting the injured employee's average weekly wage amounts paid from all nonclaim employment held at the time of the work-related injury under §122.5 of this title (relating to Employee's Multiple Employment Wage Statement); and

(6) provide information documenting the injured employee's average weekly wage amounts paid based on employment with the claim employer.

(f) To request reimbursement under subsection (a)(5) of this section, insurance carrier claims of benefit overpayments made pursuant to a designated doctor's opinion that is later reversed or modified by a final arbitration award or a final order or decision of the commissioner or a court, an insurance carrier shall:

(1) submit the request electronically in the form and manner prescribed by the division;

(2) provide a claim-specific summary of the reason the insurance carrier is seeking reimbursement and the total amount of reimbursement requested, including how it was calculated;

(3) provide a detailed payment record showing the dates and amounts of payments, payees, type of benefits and periods of benefits paid, PLNs about the payment of benefits, and all certifications of maximum medical improvement and assignments of impairment rating;

(4) provide the name, address, and federal employer identification number of the payee (insurance carrier) for any reimbursement that may be due;

(5) provide copies of all relevant designated doctors' opinions (including responses to letters of clarification) and orders and decisions (IRO decisions, interlocutory orders, contested case hearing decisions and orders, arbitration awards, Appeals Panel decisions, and court orders) relating to the designated doctor's opinion and the payment made pursuant to the designated doctor's opinion for which reimbursement is being requested, and indicate which document is the final decision on the matter;

(6) provide copies of all relevant reports and DWC forms the employer filed with the insurance carrier; and

(7) provide copies of all medical bills and preauthorization request documents associated with an overpayment of medical benefits.

(g) To request reimbursement under subsection (a)(6) of this section regarding initial pharmaceutical coverage, a requester must submit the request in the same or following fiscal year after a determination that the injury is not compensable. The fiscal year begins each September 1 and ends on August 31 of the next calendar year. For example, if an injury is determined to be not compensable during the fiscal year from September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010, the request for reimbursement under Labor Code §413.0141 must be submitted by August 31, 2011. Any claims for insurance carrier payments related to initial pharmaceutical coverage that are not submitted within the required timeframe will not be reviewed for
reimbursement. An insurance carrier must:

(1) submit the request electronically in the form and manner prescribed by the division;

(2) provide a claim-specific summary of the reason the insurance carrier is seeking reimbursement and the total amount of reimbursement requested;

(3) provide a detailed payment record showing the dates of payments, including documentation on dates of payment of initial pharmaceutical coverage (i.e., during the first seven days following the date of injury), payment amounts, and payees;

(4) provide the name, address, and federal employer identification number of the payee (insurance carrier) for any reimbursement that may be due;

(5) provide documentation that the pharmaceutical services were provided during the first seven days following the date of injury, not counting the actual date the injury occurred, and identify the prescribed pharmaceutical services; and

(6) provide documentation of:

(A) the final resolution of any dispute either from the commissioner or court of last resort that determines the injury is not compensable; or

(B) a claimant’s failure to respond in accordance with subsection (a)(6)(B) of this section.

(h) The prescribed forms under this section are on the division’s website at www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/index.html. An insurance carrier seeking reimbursement from the SIF must timely provide to the SIF administrator by electronic transmission, as that term is used in §102.5(h) of this title, all forms and documentation reasonably required by the SIF administrator to determine entitlement to reimbursement or payment from the SIF and the amount of reimbursement to which the insurance carrier is entitled. The insurance carrier must also provide notice to the SIF of any relevant pending dispute, litigation, or other information that may affect the request for reimbursement.

The provisions of this §116.11 adopted to be effective February 11, 1992, 17 TexReg 689; amended to be effective March 13, 2000, 25 TexReg 2090; amended to be effective August 15, 2002, 27 TexReg 7123; amended to be effective January 7, 2010, 35 TexReg 100; amended to be effective January 7, 2019, 44 TexReg 102; amended to be effective February 11, 2021.

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