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Workers compensation bulletin - 5 August 2016

Consultation summary and submissions on the draft regualtion

We have released a consultation summary of the public consultation on the draft Workers Compensation Regulation 2016.

The consultation summary provides a general overview of the main issues and views noted in stakeholder feedback and submissions received during the formal consultation period.

We have also published 11 submissions received during the public consultation period.

Allied health practitioners

The new guideline for approval of treating allied health practitioners commences on 1 August 2016. It now includes the requirement for providers to use the Allied health recovery request from 1 August 2016 and to participate in independent consultant reviews when requested. This strengthens our ability to regulate allied health practitioners in the workers compensation system.

Allied health recovery request (AHRR)

The AHRR is the primary communication tool between practitioner and the insurer regarding a worker’s recovery and service provision. It promotes consultation between key stakeholders, including early referral to independent consultants to achieve optimal outcomes for the worker.

The AHRR replaces the previous six discipline-specific management plans.

If a practitioner has submitted a previous management plan(s) for a claim and then submits an AHRR, then the AHRR number is the next consecutive number, e.g. management plan one is followed by AHRR number two.

Practitioners are able to bill the insurer for the first AHRR for the claim, even when a management plan has been previously submitted as part of that claim.

Fees orders

The NSW workers compensation fees orders for allied health practitioners have been updated and take effect from 1 August 2016. The fees orders reflect changes to pre-approval exemptions in the new guidelines for claiming workers compensation.

Insurers must note that new specific provisions apply for workers with severe injury and emergency service workers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

For more information, contact us on 13 10 50 or email contact@sira.nsw.gov.au

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