WSR 03-11-009

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed May 12, 2003, 10:02 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: May 12, 2003.

Purpose: Amendments to chapter 296-19A WAC, Vocational rehabilitation.

Chapter 296-19A WAC amends and revises the existing chapter 296-19A WAC.


New Sections:

WAC 296-19A-025 moves language from the existing WAC 296-19A-020 to define criteria the department considers when determining whether vocational rehabilitation services will be offered to industrially injured or ill workers.

New section WAC 296-19A-065 establishes ability to work assessment (AWA) services criteria.

New section WAC 296-19A-125 clarifies the purpose of forensic services.

New section WAC 296-19A-135 sets forth the department's reporting requirements for forensic services.

New section WAC 296-19A-137 establishes the department's requirements for a stand alone job analysis referral type.

New section WAC 296-19A-191 establishes prejob accommodations available for injured workers.

New section WAC 296-19A-192 establishes funding available for prejob accommodations.

New section WAC 296-19A-193 establishes service requirements for prejob accommodations.

New section WAC 296-19A-245 moves provider protest appeal rights from WAC 296-19A-240.


Amended sections:

WAC 296-19A-010 (1)(c) changes language to "restrictions" to provide consistency with industry vernacular. WAC 296-19-010(4) reorganizes language in the last bullet of the table clarifies that when an injured worker moves to a different labor market as a result of a medical condition arising from the occupational injury or disease, the department will use the worker's new labor market. WAC 296-19A-010 (7) and (8) adds the language "demonstrated" behavior. WAC 296-19A-010 (9) and (10) define the purpose of their corresponding paragraphs to resolve provider confusion between the two distinct types of services.

WAC 296-19A-020 was clarified to provide more consistency with statute and to become more reflective of the title in this section.

WAC 296-19A-030 (2)(b) and (c) establishes that the department would no longer be required to send reports to employers that do not request them and eliminates the requirement to send written notice to an injured worker if a complaint of noncooperation has been made. The department proposed an amendment to WAC 296-19A-030(5) to allow vocational providers to provide, "...upon request, copies of reports and attachments submitted to the referral source to the injured worker or their representative." RCW 51.28.070 provides authority for injured workers or their representatives to request copies of documents or their industrial insurance claims file. As a result, the department determined that it was appropriate to allow injured workers to request this information from vocational providers rendering services.

WAC 296-19A-040 adds language to include "stand alone job analysis" as a service that requires authorization.

WAC 296-19A-060(1) changes language to clarify progress reports must be submitted every thirty calendar days from the date of the electronic referral. In response to public commentary, the amendment in WAC 296-19A-060(2) acknowledges that not all of the documentation requested in this section is always obtainable, by allowing the provider to "address" issues. WAC 296-19A-060 (2)(c) clarifies that providers are required to have the job analysis medically reviewed when submitting a closing report. WAC 296-19A-060 (2)(e)-(h) makes organization changes to clarify what items must be included or addressed in a closing report.

WAC 296-19A-070(1) clarifies that the section is referring a "report." WAC 296-19A-070 (1)(i) adds language to clarify that providers must address any gaps in employment in this work history. WAC 296-19A-070 (1)(j) adds language to include "[t]he report must address the first four return to work priorities set forth in RCW 51.32.095(2)." WAC 296-19A-070 (2)(a)(i) language addition to clarify that provider may report one or more job possibilities for which the injured worker may be qualified. WAC 296-19A-070 (2)(a)(ii) clarifies that providers are required to have the job analysis medically reviewed when submitting a closing report. WAC 296-19A-070 (2)(a)(iii) clarifies that when a job analysis is not obtainable, the vocational provider may submit medically approved physical capacities information. WAC 296-19A-070 (2)(b)(i) clarifies that providers identify the reasons that an injured worker may benefit from vocational rehabilitation services. WAC 296-19A-070 (2)(b)(ii) clarifies that providers should submit labor market information when it is necessary to support the recommendation. WAC 296-19A-070 (2)(c)(ii) clarifies that providers identify barriers that make it unlikely that an injured worker will become employable at gainful employment as a result of vocational services. WAC 296-19A-070 (2)(c)(iii) clarifies the department's expectation that vocational providers submit all necessary information to support their determinations. WAC 296-19A-070 (2)(d) makes organizational changes and language additions to clarify that "return to work" is a recommendation that can be made in AWA. WAC 296-19A-070(3) changes language to clarify that the documentation regarding work release should be obtained before contacting the department. WAC 296-19A-070 (3) and (4) clarifies when the provider must inform the department that the injured worker is medically released to work and when a closing report is required.

WAC 296-19A-090(3) clarifies that the development of a plan is billable under plan development. WAC 296-19A-090(6) clarifies the department's intentions and identifies that these activities are an important element in ensuring the success of a plan.

WAC 296-19A-100(1) changes language to clarify progress reports must be submitted every thirty calendar days from the date of the electronic referral. WAC 296-19A-100 (2)(h)(ii) changes language to "statement" clarifies the process and the document available from the department. WAC 296-19A-100(3) changes language to clarify that the provider should submit closing reports even in circumstances when a proposed goal has not been identified. WAC 296-19A-100 (3)(c) requires the provider to determine whether further services are appropriate.

WAC 296-19A-110(1) changes language to clarify that providers are responsible for injured workers starting and progressing in a plan. WAC 296-19A-110(6) acknowledges that providers cannot resolve all possible barriers and allows providers to address these issues with supporting documentation if they cannot be brought to resolution. WAC 296-19A-110(7) clarifies that providers may assist with job search assistance when appropriate in plan implementation. WAC 296-19A-110(10) allows providers to assist injured workers in obtaining preferred worker status if it is appropriate.

WAC 296-19A-130 more clearly describes the requirements for a forensic evaluation.

WAC 296-19A-140 makes organizational and language changes to clarify and better reflect the information needed and the desired format for a Labor Market Survey.

WAC 296-19A-170(1) will allow providers to use the DOT code but also use other sources as they become available. WAC 296-19A-170(2) clarifies that vocational providers are required to include the employer name and contact information in a job analysis when the analysis is based on site-specific information. WAC 296-19A-170(3) defines the term "essential functions" and clarifies the product the department is requesting from the provider. WAC 296-19A-170(5) changes language to "skills" clarifies by providing consistency with other language in chapter 296-19A WAC. WAC 296-19A-170(6) clarifies this requirement, which would increase flexibility for vocational providers and decrease costs. WAC 296-19A-170(7) clarifies that describing environmental hazards is only required if it is pertinent.

WAC 296-19A-180 and 296-19A-190 are intended to ensure that each WAC section is consistent with and addresses the specific topic for the WAC section in question and more clearly states the requirements and expectations for these services.

WAC 296-19A-200(1) clarifies that the provider's responsibility is to provide assistance to the employer when applying for job modification assistance. WAC 296-19A-200 (2)(d) is intended to more clearly state the requirements for these services.

WAC 296-19A-210 (1)(b) clarifies and more clearly states which providers are eligible for transition rights. WAC 296-19A-210 (1)(b) extends the deadline for meeting the new requirements to November 30, 2010. WAC 296-19A-210 (1)(c) clarifies that the VRC assigned to a referral is responsible for all of the work performed on that referral. WAC 296-19A-210 (2)(a) removes backslashes and clarifies the term "VRC supervisor." WAC 296-19A-210 (2)(a) revises the language to clarify that experience must be "direct." WAC 296-19A-210 (2)(b) clarifies and more clearly states which providers are eligible for transition rights. WAC 296-19A-210(3) deletes language included in WAC 296-19A-130 to alleviate redundancy. WAC 296-19A-210(3) clarifies that the change in experience requirements from three to five years would not be applied retroactively. WAC 296-19A-210(3) revises the language to clarify that experience must be "direct." WAC 296-19A-210 (4)(b) explains that interns not previously registered with the department would remain in internship status until they have obtained on [one] of the required certifications. WAC 296-19A-210 (4)(c) clarifies the department's intention of providing transition rights to all interns who were registered with the department as of November 30, 2000, by clearly stating which providers are eligible for transition rights and the length of those rights. WAC 296-19A-210 (4)(c) clarifies that this WAC provides transition rights only to those providers who were registered with the department as of November 30, 2000. WAC 296-19A-210 (4)(e) limits an intern to work as an intern for up to seventy-two months full-time or part-time equivalent experience. WAC 296-19A-210(5) explains the allowable role of an intern. WAC 296-19A-210(6) explains the responsibilities of the provider as it relates to the electronic security requirements. WAC 296-19A-210(7) clarifies and more clearly states which providers are eligible for transition rights. WAC 296-19A-210(7) clarifies that eligible providers will have a "ten-year" period in which to meet the qualification requirements.

WAC 296-19A-240(2) clarifies that during on-site audits, auditors may copy any files or records for their review. WAC 296-19A-240(5) explains the number of days to send in materials for a desk audit is thirty days.

WAC 296-19A-260(4) includes the suspension or termination of a provider number.

WAC 296-19A-270 [(1)](a) establishes additional situations in which the department may take corrective action for a provider's failure to render prompt and efficient services. The department is adopting a "prudent practices" approach to the HIPPA regulations. WAC 296-19A-270(m) adopts this level of compliance for vocational providers.

WAC 296-19A-300(2) corrects two incorrect citations in this section.

WAC 296-19A-350(8) clarifies that only providers who bill for services must meet this requirement.

WAC 296-19A-400(2) clarifies the current policy that providers must maintain files for five years.

WAC 296-19A-440 (3) and (4) clarifies the scope of vocational disputes and reinforces current policy regarding whether plan modifications could be disputed.

WAC 296-19A-480 sets forth the effective dates for these amendments.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 296-19A-010 Definitions, 296-19A-020 When may the department offer vocational rehabilitation services?, 296-19A-030 What are the responsibilities of the parties?, 296-19A-040 What vocational rehabilitation services require authorization?, 296-19A-060 What reports does the department require when early intervention services are provided at its request?, 296-19A-070 What is an ability to work assessment?, 296-19A-090 What are vocational rehabilitation plan development services?, 296-19A-100 What reports does the department require when vocational rehabilitation plan development services are provided at its request?, 296-19A-110 What are vocational rehabilitation plan implementation and monitoring services?, 296-19A-130 What are the requirements for a forensic evaluation?, 296-19A-140 What information must a provider include in a labor market survey?, 296-19A-170 What information must a provider include in a job analysis?, 296-19A-180 What job modification assistance benefits are available?, 296-19A-190 How much is available for job modification assistance?, 296-19A-200 How does an employer apply for job modification assistance?, 296-19A-210 What are the qualifications to provide vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers?, 296-19A-240 What authority does the department have to audit vocational rehabilitation providers?, 296-19A-260 What are the possible consequences for a provider that does not comply with the RCWs, WACs or department policies?, 296-19A-270 In what situation(s) can the department take corrective action(s)?, 296-19A-300 How does the department evaluate performance when a vocational rehabilitation provider does not have either a performance rating with the department or previous experience delivering services to Washington injured workers?, 296-19A-350 What are the requirements for case notes?, 296-19A-400 What records are vocational rehabilitation providers required to maintain?, 296-19A-440 What elements of a vocational determination may be disputed? and 296-19A-480 When must providers comply with these rules?; and new sections WAC 296-19A-025 What information does the department consider when exercising discretion?, 296-19A-065 What are ability to work assessment (AWA) services?, 296-19A-125 What is the purpose of forensic services?, 296-19A-135 What reports does the department require when forensic services are provided?, 296-19A-137 When can the department request a stand alone job analysis?, 296-19A-191 What prejob accommodations are available?, 296-19A-192 How much is available for prejob accommodations?, 296-19A-193 What are the requirements for prejob accommodations?, and 296-19A-245 What is the department's formal appeal process?

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 02-21-102 on October 22, 2002.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: WAC 296-19A-020, end the sentence with, "...likely to enable the industrially injured or ill worker to become employable."

WAC 296-19A-030, add to WAC 296-19A-030(5) as the last sentence "This includes providing, upon request, copies of reports and attachments submitted to the referral source to the injured worker or their representative."

WAC 296-19A-060(1), change this section to state, "(1) Progress reports. The vocational rehabilitation provider must submit a written progress report to the department, and upon request, to the injured worker or the injured worker's representative every thirty calendar days from the date of the electronic referral...."

WAC 296-19A-065(8), add language as "(8) Assessing the industrially injured or ill worker's need for preferred worker status and educating the worker on the preferred worker benefit, if appropriate."

WAC 296-19A-070 (1)(i), change language in subsection (1)(i) to "Complete work history, addressing any gaps in employment,..."

WAC 296-19A-070 (1)(j), add as "The report must address the first four return to work priorities set forth in RCW 51.32.095(2)."

WAC 296-19A-070 (2)(a)(ii), change to "When this is not obtainable, medically approved physical capacities information..."

WAC 296-19A-070(3), change to "The provider must immediately inform the department orally if the worker has returned to work or if the provider has documentation that the worker is medically released without restrictions or has returned to work. The provider must follow the oral notification with written notification within two working days."

WAC 296-19A-090(6), change the language in WAC 296-19A-090(6) to "Identify, evaluate, and plan education and training resources, when necessary."

WAC 296-19A-100(1), change this section to state, "(1) Progress reports. The vocational rehabilitation provider must submit a written progress report to the department, and upon request, to the injured worker or the injured worker's representative every thirty calendar days from the date of the electronic referral...."

WAC 296-19A-110(7), change the language to "job search assistance."

WAC 296-19A-180, change the language to the following:

"When may the department authorize job modifications? As provided for in section 13, chapter 63, Laws of 1982 (RCW 52.32.250), the supervisor or the supervisor's designee in his or her discretion may authorize job modifications when the following criteria are met:

(1) The claim is open or in statutory pension status; and

(2) Due to the restrictions related to the accepted industrial condition the worker:

(a) Is in a light-duty job (graduated or transitional) and the modification is necessary to return the worker to the job of injury or a new job; or

(b) Is off work and the modification is necessary to return the worker to the job of injury of a new job; and

(3) An employer-employee relationship exists."

WAC 296-19A-191, make the following changes to this section:

"When may the department authorize prejob accommodations? As provided for in RCW 51.32.095(4), the supervisor or the supervisor's designee in his or her discretion may authorize prejob accommodations when the following criteria are met:

(1) The claim is open or in statutory pension status; and

(2) The injured worker's attending doctor certifies that the prejob accommodations are medically necessary due to the effects of the accepted industrial condition; and

(3) The prejob accommodation is medically necessary to enable the industrially injured or ill worker to:

(a) Participate in an approved retraining program; or

(b) Perform the essential functions of a job or a return to work goal in which the worker is seeking employment consistent with a completed retraining plan or the recommendations of an ability to work assessment, and

4) No employer-employee relationship exists."

WAC 296-19A-192, strike all language after the second sentence.

WAC 296-19A-193, change to: "What documentation must be submitted to the department for prejob accommodations?

(1) A vocational provider assisting the injured worker in applying for prejob accommodation assistance must submit to the department a prejob accommodation assistance application. Prejob accommodation assistance applications shall be submitted on a form prescribed by the department.

(2) The prejob accommodation assistance application shall include, but is not limited to:

(a) A document supporting the need for prejob accommodation;

(b) A description of the prejob accommodation;

(c) An itemized account of each expense to be incurred in the prejob accommodation;

(d) An ownership agreement;

(e) Physician's certification of medical necessity."

WAC 296-19A-200 [(2)](d), add "(d) An ownership agreement."

WAC 296-19A-210 (1)(b), change the language to: "...registered with the department as of November 30, 2000."

WAC 296-19A-210 (1)(c), add "The VRC assigned to or directly receiving the referral from the referral source is responsible for all work performed by any vocational provider on that referral."

WAC 296-19A-210 (2)(a), change language to "In order to supervise interns providing vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers beginning on or after December 1, 2000, the VRC supervisor must provide proof of five years full-time experience providing direct vocational services to Washington state injured or ill workers."

WAC 296-19A-210 (2)(b), change the language to: "...registered with the department as of November 30, 2000."

WAC 296-19A-210(3), change to "In order to provide forensic services to the department, on or after the effective date of this rule, a VRC must...Vocational providers previously approved to provide this service, under chapter 296-19A WAC, will retain that status."

WAC 296-19A-210(3), change language to "...must provide proof of five years full-time experience providing direct vocational services to Washington state injured or ill workers."

WAC 296-19A-210 (4)(c), change language to "...November 30, 2010."

WAC 296-19A-210 (4)(c), change the language in first sentence to: "...registered with the department as of November 30, 2000."

WAC 296-19A-210 (4)(e), change the language "...for more than seventy-two months..."

WAC 296-19A-210(5), remove the last sentence of the proposed language.

WAC 296-19A-210(7), change the language to "…registered with the department as of November 30, 2000,"

WAC 296-19A-210(7), change "six" to "ten" year period.

WAC 296-19A-270, remove proposed language in WAC 296-19A-270 (1)(a).

WAC 296-19A-400, remove "Paper copies..." from proposed language.

WAC 296-19A-480, change to, "WAC 296-19A-480 When must providers comply with these rules?"

(1) The amendments to the following section of chapter 296-19A WAC becomes effective on July 1, 2003:

WAC 296-19A-137 "When can the department request a stand alone job analysis?"

(2) The following amendments to chapter 296-19A WAC and new sections become effective February 1, 2004:

WAC 296-19A-010 "Definitions."

WAC 296-19A-020 "When may the department offer vocational rehabilitation services?"

WAC 296-19A-025 "What information does the department consider when exercising discretion?"

WAC 296-19A-030 "What are the responsibilities of the parties?"

WAC 296-19A-040 "What vocational rehabilitation services require authorization?"

WAC 296-19A-060 "What reports does the department require when early intervention services are provided at its request?"

WAC 296-19A-065 "What are ability to work assessment (AWA) services?"

WAC 296-19A-070 "What is an ability to work assessment?"

WAC 296-19A-090 "What are vocational rehabilitation plan development services?"

WAC 296-19A-100 "What reports does the department require when vocational rehabilitation plan development services are provided at its request?"

WAC 296-19A-110 "What are vocational rehabilitation plan implementation and monitoring services?"

WAC 296-19A-125 "What is the purpose of forensic services?"

WAC 296-19A-130 "What are the requirements for a forensic evaluation?"

WAC 296-19A-135 "What reports does the department require when forensic services are provided?"

WAC 296-19A-140 "What information must a provider include in a labor market survey?"

WAC 296-19A-170 "What information must a provider include in a job analysis?"

WAC 296-19A-180 "What job modification assistance benefits are available?"

WAC 296-19A-190 "How much is available for job modification assistance?"

WAC 296-19A-191 "What prejob accommodations are available?"

WAC 296-19A-192 "How much is available for prejob accommodations?"

WAC 296-19A-193 "What are the requirements for prejob accommodations?"

WAC 296-19A-200 "How does an employer apply for job modification assistance?"

WAC 296-19A-210 "What are the qualifications to provide vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers?"

WAC 296-19A-230 "Why does the department audit vocational rehabilitation providers?"

WAC 296-19A-240 "What authority does the department have to audit vocational rehabilitation providers?"

WAC 296-19A-245 "What is the department's formal appeal process?"

WAC 296-19A-260 "What are the possible consequences for a provider that does not comply with the RCWs, WACs or department policies?"

WAC 296-19A-270 "In what situation(s) can the department take corrective action(s)?"

WAC 296-19A-300 "How does the department evaluate performance when a vocational rehabilitation provider does not have either a performance rating with the department or previous experience delivering services to Washington injured workers?"

WAC 296-19A-350 "What are the requirements for case notes?"

WAC 296-19A-400 "What records are vocational rehabilitation providers required to maintain?"

WAC 296-19A-440 "What elements of a vocational determination may be disputed?"

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 28, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 28, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: The amendments to the following section becomes effective on July 1, 2003: WAC 296-19A-137 When can the department request a stand alone job analysis?

The following amendments and new sections become effective February 1, 2004: WAC 296-19A-010 Definitions, 296-19A-020 When may the department offer vocational rehabilitation services?, 296-19A-025 What information does the department consider when exercising discretion?, 296-19A-030 What are the responsibilities of the parties?, 296-19A-040 What vocational rehabilitation services require authorization?, 296-19A-060 What reports does the department require when early intervention services are provided at its request?, 296-19A-065 What are ability to work assessment (AWA) services?, 296-19A-070 What is an ability to work assessment?, 296-19A-090 What are vocational rehabilitation plan development services?, 296-19A-100 What reports does the department require when vocational rehabilitation plan development services are provided at its request?, 296-19A-110 What are vocational rehabilitation plan implementation and monitoring services?, 296-19A-125 What is the purpose of forensic services?, 296-19A-130 What are the requirements for a forensic evaluation?, 296-19A-135 What reports does the department require when forensic services are provided?, 296-19A-140 What information must a provider include in a labor market survey?, 296-19A-170 What information must a provider include in a job analysis?, 296-19A-180 What job modification assistance benefits are available?, 296-19A-190 How much is available for job modification assistance?, 296-19A-191 What prejob accommodations are available?, 296-19A-192 How much is available for prejob accommodations?, 296-19A-193 What are the requirements for prejob accommodations?, 296-19A-200 How does an employer apply for job modification assistance?, 296-19A-210 What are the qualifications to provide vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers?, 296-19A-230 Why does the department audit vocational rehabilitation providers?, 296-19A-240 What authority does the department have to audit vocational rehabilitation providers?, 296-19A-245 What is the department's formal appeal process?, 296-19A-260 What are the possible consequences for a provider that does not comply with the RCWs, WACs or department policies?, 296-19A-270 In what situation(s) can the department take corrective action(s)?, 296-19A-300 How does the department evaluate performance when a vocational rehabilitation provider does not have either a performance rating with the department or previous experience delivering services to Washington injured workers?, 296-19A-350 What are the requirements for case notes?, 296-19A-400 What records are vocational rehabilitation providers required to maintain?, and 296-19A-440 What elements of a vocational determination may be disputed?

May 12, 2003

Paul Trause

Director

OTS-5967.4


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-010   Definitions.   (1) What does it mean to say an injured worker is employable?

(a) "Employable" means having the skills and training that are commonly and currently necessary in the labor market to be capable of performing and obtaining gainful employment on a reasonably continuous basis when considering the worker's:

(i) Age, education, and experience;

(ii) Preexisting physical and mental limitations; and

(iii) Physical and mental limitations caused, at least in part, by the worker's industrial injury or occupational disease.

(b) Physical and/or mental conditions that arose after the industrial injury/occupational disease that were not caused or aggravated by the industrial injury/occupational disease are not considered in determining whether the worker is employable under the Industrial Insurance Act.

(c) If there are no physical or mental ((limitations)) restrictions caused by the worker's industrial injury/occupational disease, the worker must be found employable under the Industrial Insurance Act.

(2) What are vocational rehabilitation services? Vocational rehabilitation services are those provided by a vocational rehabilitation provider and include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a) Gathering industrially injured or ill workers' work and/or education histories and physical capacities information;

(b) Assessing industrially injured or ill workers' employability;

(c) Developing, documenting, and writing vocational rehabilitation plans;

(d) Monitoring injured workers' progress during training;

(e) Writing progress reports;

(f) Analyzing and documenting the transferable skills of the injured worker and writing transferable skills analyses;

(g) Performing occupational research;

(h) Conducting labor market surveys and writing labor market survey reports;

(i) Conducting and writing job analyses;

(j) Communicating with industrially injured or ill workers, employers, physicians and others;

(k) Developing job modifications and work site modifications, as well as prejob accommodations, and writing reports for this work; and

(l) All work done to obtain any job with any employer for injured workers referred for vocational rehabilitation services.

(3) What is a vocational rehabilitation provider (provider)? A provider is any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity that provides vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers, pursuant to RCW 51.32.095. A provider must meet the qualifications listed in WAC 296-19A-210.

(4) What is an injured worker's labor market? Generally, the worker's relevant labor market is the geographic area where the worker was last gainfully employed. The labor market must be within a reasonable commuting distance and be consistent with the industrially injured or ill worker's physical and mental capacities. The exceptions to this rule are listed in the table below:


When a worker: Then the department:
Relocates to a labor market other than at the time of injury and

Returns to work and

Suffers an aggravation of the work-related condition.

Uses the labor market where the industrially injured or ill worker worked at the time of the aggravation. This applies whether the department closed and reopened the claim or whether the claim remained open during the period of aggravation.
Relocates after the industrial injury/illness or aggravation and

Now lives in a labor market with more employment opportunities than where the industrially injured or ill worker worked at the time of injury.

Uses the industrially injured or ill worker's current labor market. For example, an industrially injured or ill worker was injured in Forks but after the injury, moves to

Tacoma. Provider would use Tacoma as the industrially injured or ill worker's labor market.

Relocates to a labor market other than at the time of injury or onset of illness and

The ((industrial injury or occupational disease was a proximate cause of the)) move was proximately caused by the medical condition arising from the occupational injury or disease.

Uses the injured or ill worker's current labor market. For example, an industrially injured or ill worker moves to a drier climate due to an accepted asthma condition. Provider would use the labor market in the drier climate.

(5) What is a labor market survey (LMS)? It is a survey of employers in an industrially injured or ill worker's labor market to obtain specific information (such as physical demands and qualifications) related to job possibilities.

(6) What is a job analysis (JA)? It is the gathering, evaluating, and recording of accurate, objective data about the characteristics of a particular job.

(7) What is a transferable skill? Transferable skills are any combination of learned or demonstrated behavior, education, training, work traits, and work-related skills that can be readily applied by the worker. They are skills that are interchangeable among different jobs and workplaces. Nonwork-related talents or skills that are both demonstrated and applicable may also be considered.

(8) What is a transferable skills analysis? It is a systematic study of the transferable skill or skills a worker has demonstrated to see if that skill set makes him/her employable.

(9) What are job modifications? Job modifications are adjustments or alterations made to the way a job is performed to accommodate the restrictions imposed by an industrial injury or occupational disease. The purpose of job modification benefits is to encourage employers to modify jobs to retain or hire injured workers. Job modifications are used when an employer-employee relationship exists, and they may include worksite adjustment; job restructuring; and/or tools, equipment or appliances.

(10) What are prejob accommodations? Prejob accommodations are adjustments or alterations made to the way a job is performed to accommodate the restrictions imposed by an industrial injury or occupational disease. The purpose of prejob accommodation benefits is to make it possible for the worker to perform the essential functions of a job. Accommodations are used when an industrially injured or ill worker is engaged in a vocational rehabilitation plan or in a job search, and they may include tools, equipment or appliances.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-010, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-020   When may the department offer vocational rehabilitation services?   The department may, at its sole discretion, authorize vocational rehabilitation services that are necessary and likely to ((make the worker)) enable the industrially injured or ill worker to become employable. ((In exercising its discretion the department considers, but is not limited to:

(1) Whether the worker took advantage of and utilized vocational rehabilitation services offered in this or other claims;

(2) The worker's ability and willingness to participate in and benefit from vocational rehabilitation services; and

(3) The likelihood that the worker will be employable after the vocational rehabilitation services are completed.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-020, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 296-19A-025   What information does the department consider when exercising discretion?   In exercising its discretion the department considers, but is not limited to:

(1) Whether the worker took advantage of and utilized vocational rehabilitation services offered in this or other claims;

(2) The worker's ability and willingness to participate in and benefit from vocational rehabilitation services; and

(3) The likelihood that the worker will be employable after the vocational rehabilitation services are completed.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-030   What are the responsibilities of the parties?   All parties will have the following responsibilities in assisting the injured worker to become employable at gainful employment:

(1) The attending physician shall maintain open communication with the industrially injured or ill worker's assigned vocational rehabilitation counselor and the referral source. The attending physician shall respond to any requests for information in a timely fashion and will do all that is possible to expedite the vocational rehabilitation process, including making an estimate of the worker's physical or mental capacities that affect the worker's employability.

(2) The claims unit within the department shall((:

(a))) notify the employer of the referral to a vocational rehabilitation provider((;

(b) Send the employer a copy of the closing report; and

(c) Give written notice to an injured worker if a complaint of noncooperation has been made)).

(3) The employer shall assist the vocational rehabilitation counselor in any way necessary to collect data regarding the former gainful employment of the injured worker. Further, the employer will assist the vocational rehabilitation counselor and attending physician to determine whether or not a modified job could be made available for employment of the injured worker.

(4) The injured worker shall cooperate with all reasonable requests from all responsible individuals in determining disability, developing and implementing the rehabilitation process. Should the injured worker fail to be cooperative, the sanctions as set out in RCW 51.32.110 shall be applied.

(5) In assisting the injured worker to become employable at gainful employment, the provider is to follow the priorities as set out in RCW 51.32.095 and the requirements as set out in this chapter. This includes providing, upon request, copies of reports and attachments submitted to the referral source to the injured worker or their representative.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-030, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-040   What vocational rehabilitation services require authorization?   All vocational rehabilitation services must be preauthorized. The department may make one or more of the following type of referrals: Early intervention; ability to work assessment ("AWA" or "assessment"); plan development; plan implementation; ((or)) forensic services; or stand alone job analysis. Each referral is a separate authorization for vocational rehabilitation services.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-040, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-060   What reports does the department require when early intervention services are provided at its request?   (1) Progress reports. The vocational rehabilitation provider must submit a written progress report to the department, and upon request, to the injured worker or the injured worker's representative, every thirty calendar days from the date of the electronic referral summarizing progress during the most recent reporting period. The progress report must include the following:

(a) Summarized results of all contacts the provider had with the industrially injured or ill worker, employer of injury or current employer, and medical provider(s);

(b) Summary of all actions taken including progress on previously recommended actions;

(c) Identification and analysis of any barriers preventing completion of the referral; and

(d) Description of the specific actions the provider intends to take to overcome barriers and the expected time frame to complete those actions.

(2) Closing reports. The provider must always submit an early intervention closing report at the conclusion of services. In the report the provider must include or address:

(a) A brief description of the industrially injured or ill worker's work history((:));

(b) Summary of the industrially injured or ill worker's education, training, licenses, and certificates;

(c) A medically reviewed job analysis for the job of injury and any other return to work options;

(d) Description of the worker's medical status and physical capacities;

(e) ((The date the worker returned to work and the monthly salary or wage, or document attempts to obtain this information;

(f) Indication of which return to work priority relates to the situation;

(g) Documentation that no return to work options exist with the employer of injury or current employer, if applicable;

(h) Any other supporting documentation.)) Indication of which return to work priority relates to the situation;

(f) Any other supporting documentation;

(g) The date the worker returned to work and the monthly salary or wage, or document attempts to obtain this information, if applicable;

(h) Documentation that no return to work options exist with the employer of injury or current employer, if applicable.

(3) The provider must notify the department orally and in writing within two working days after learning of an unsuccessful return to work by the injured worker.

(4) The provider must notify the department orally and in writing within two working days after learning of a return to work by the injured worker.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-060, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 296-19A-065   What are ability to work assessment (AWA) services?   AWA services are used by the department to determine if an industrially injured or ill worker should receive vocational rehabilitation plan development services. AWA services may include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Performing job analyses;

(2) Conducting labor market surveys;

(3) Assessing transferable skills;

(4) Obtaining work restrictions;

(5) Evaluating the injured worker's ability to work at the job of injury or any other job;

(6) Coordinating with medical providers to obtain physical capacities and restriction information and a release to participate in vocational rehabilitation plan development services;

(7) With authorization from the department, vocational testing may be used to evaluate the industrially injured or ill worker's ability to benefit from vocational rehabilitation services;

(8) Assessing the industrially injured or ill worker's need for preferred worker status and educating the worker on the preferred worker benefit, if appropriate.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-070   What is an ability to work assessment?   (1) ((An AWA is a written report used by the department to determine if an industrially injured or ill worker should receive vocational rehabilitation services.)) The AWA report must include an evaluation of the industrially injured or ill worker's:

(a) Age, education and experience;

(b) Transferable skills;

(c) Preexisting physical and mental conditions and the effect of those conditions on the worker's employability;

(d) Physical and mental conditions proximately caused by the worker's industrial injury or occupational disease and the effect of those conditions on the worker's employability;

(e) Wage at the time of injury;

(f) Work pattern;

(g) Significant barriers to employment;

(h) Labor market; ((and))

(i) Complete work history, addressing any gaps in employment, in addition to information about education level, courses or transcripts, licenses, certifications or registrations that the worker may have obtained in the past; and

(j) The report must address the first four return to work priorities set forth in RCW 51.32.095(2).

(2) The AWA must also include one of the following recommendations:

(a) Able to work: The injured worker is employable at gainful employment. The report must include:

(i) Whether the worker is employable with the employer of injury or current employer, or if not, ((the)) a list of job ((possibility(ies))) possibilities for which the worker is qualified;

(ii) A medically approved job analysis ((or)). When this is not obtainable, medically approved physical capacities information ((when a JA is not possible)) regarding the worker's ability to perform the job may be used; and

(iii) Labor market information supporting the provider's recommendation. Labor market information is not necessary when ((not returning to the employer of injury or current employer)) the injured worker is medically released to work for their job of injury at their previous work pattern;

(b) Further services appropriate: Vocational rehabilitation services are necessary and likely to enable the injured worker to become employable at gainful employment. The report must include:

(i) An analysis demonstrating ((why the worker is unlikely to return to work without vocational rehabilitation services)) how vocational rehabilitation plan development services are necessary and likely to enable the injured worker to become employable at gainful employment;

(ii) The specific return to work possibilities investigated and the reasons why they were ruled out including labor market information when necessary; or

(c) Further services not appropriate: The injured worker is not likely to benefit from vocational services. The report must include:

(i) An analysis explaining why vocational rehabilitation services are not appropriate;

(ii) ((Any)) Identifying barriers that will ((interfere with the worker's return to work or)) make it unlikely the worker will benefit from vocational rehabilitation services, consistent with the requirements in WAC 296-19A-010(1);

(iii) ((If appropriate)) Medical, labor market, and/or other information, as necessary, supporting the provider's recommendations.

(d) Return to work: The injured worker has returned to work. The report must specify and/or document attempts to obtain the following information:

(i) A description of the job the worker returned to;

(ii) The name of the employer;

(iii) The date that the worker returned to work;

(iv) The worker's monthly wages.

(3) ((The provider must notify the department in writing within two working days if the worker is medically released to work without restrictions.)) The provider must immediately inform the department orally if the worker has returned to work or if the provider has documentation that the worker is medically released without restrictions or has returned to work. The provider must follow the oral notification with written notification within two working days. The provider must attach documentation showing the worker was medically released to work without restrictions. Except for completing the closing report, the provider should not perform any other work on the AWA without the prior authorization of the referral source.

(((4) The provider must notify the department orally and in writing within two working days if the worker has returned to work. This report must specify and/or document attempts to obtain the following information:

(a) A description of the job the worker returned to;

(b) The name of the employer;

(c) The date that the worker returned to work;

(d) The worker's monthly wages.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-070, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-090   What are vocational rehabilitation plan development services?   Vocational rehabilitation plan development services are authorized to obtain the vocational rehabilitation provider's assistance in producing a vocational rehabilitation plan for an industrially injured or ill worker. The provider will work with the industrially injured or ill worker in the development of the plan. Covered services include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Vocational counseling and occupational exploration;

(2) Identifying job goal, training needs, resources, and expenses;

(3) Vocational rehabilitation plan development services are authorized for the vocational rehabilitation provider to produce a recommended vocational rehabilitation plan for an industrially injured or ill worker;

(4) Coordinating with medical providers to obtain physical capacities and restrictions information and a release to participate in a vocational rehabilitation plan; ((and

(4))) (5) Vocational testing; and

(6) Identify, evaluate, and plan education and training resources, when necessary.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-090, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-100   What reports does the department require when vocational rehabilitation plan development services are provided at its request?   (1) Progress reports. The vocational rehabilitation provider must submit a written progress report to the department, and upon request, to the injured worker or the injured worker's representative, every thirty calendar days from the date of the electronic referral summarizing progress during the most recent reporting period. The progress report must include the following:

(a) Description of the return to work goals explored, accepted or ruled out;

(b) Review of the return to work priorities being addressed;

(c) Summary of all actions taken, including progress on previously recommended actions;

(d) Identification and analysis of any barriers preventing completion of the referral; and

(e) Description of the specific actions the provider intends to take to overcome barriers and the expected time frame to complete those actions.

(2) Vocational rehabilitation plan. The provider must address the return to work priorities listed in RCW 51.32.095(2) in the plan and explain why each preceding priority would not help the industrially injured or ill worker return to work. The vocational plan must also include the following information:

(a) An assessment of the industrially injured or ill worker's skills and abilities considering the industrially injured or ill worker's physical capacities and mental status, aptitudes and transferable skills gained through prior work experience, education, training and avocation;

(b) The services necessary to enable the industrially injured or ill worker to become employable in the labor market;

(c) Labor market survey supportive of the industrially injured or ill worker's employability upon plan completion;

(d) Documentation of the time and costs required for completion of the plan;

(e) A direct comparison of the industrially injured or ill worker's skills, both existing and those to be acquired through the plan, with potential types of employment to demonstrate a likelihood of plan success;

(f) A medically approved job analysis for the proposed retraining job goal;

(g) Any other information that may significantly affect the plan; and

(h) An agreement signed by the provider and industrially injured or ill worker that:

(i) Acknowledges that the provider and the industrially injured or ill worker have reviewed, understand and agree to the vocational rehabilitation plan; and

(ii) Sets forth the provider's and industrially injured or ill worker's responsibilities for the successful implementation and completion of the vocational rehabilitation plan.

The provider must use a ((form)) statement approved by, or substantially similar to a ((form)) statement used by, the department in order to document this agreement.

(3) Closing report. If the provider has to stop plan development before ((reaching a vocational goal)) a rehabilitation plan is submitted and/or approved, submit a plan development closing report. The report must include:

(a) A list of the reasons the provider cannot proceed with vocational rehabilitation plan development activities; ((and))

(b) Supporting documentation, such as: Goals researched, job analyses developed, and/or labor market research conducted; and

(c) Address whether or not further vocational rehabilitation services may be necessary and likely to enable the injured worker to become employable.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-100, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-110   What are vocational rehabilitation plan implementation and monitoring services?   Vocational rehabilitation plan implementation and monitoring services are those services a vocational rehabilitation provider provides to assist an industrially injured or ill worker to successfully complete a vocational rehabilitation plan. These services may include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Maintain sufficient contact with the industrially injured or ill worker, trainer and medical providers to make sure the worker ((is)) successfully ((progressing)) enters and progresses in the vocational rehabilitation plan;

(2) Confirm that the industrially injured or ill worker has received all necessary equipment and supplies;

(3) Contact the industrially injured or ill worker and trainer at least every thirty days to identify potential problems;

(4) Notify the department if the plan needs to be interrupted;

(5) Notify the department when the industrially injured or ill worker completes the plan;

(6) Monitor the industrially injured or ill worker's progress and resolve any problems that might arise or address by submitting supporting documentation regarding why it cannot be brought to resolution;

(7) Assisting in job search assistance prior to the completion of the vocational rehabilitation plan.

(8) Document the industrially injured or ill worker's acquisition of skills; and

(((8))) (9) Notify the department if the plan needs to be terminated.

(10) Obtain preferred worker status for worker, if appropriate.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-110, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 296-19A-125   What is the purpose of forensic services?   The department may make a referral for forensic services to obtain an independent and objective evaluation of the vocational rehabilitation components of a complex claim. The department will only authorize a forensic evaluation when previous vocational referrals have not resolved an injured worker's vocational issues, except when necessary to make a determination regarding whether a deceased worker was totally and permanently disabled at the time of death. The forensic evaluation shall define what additional services, if any, are necessary and likely to enable an industrially injured or ill worker to become employable at gainful employment. A forensic evaluation shall also include collecting information relevant to making a vocational recommendation, according to the provisions in WAC 296-19A-130.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-130   What are the requirements for a forensic evaluation?   ((Vocational forensic services are authorized to obtain the vocational rehabilitation provider's assistance in reviewing the claim file and making recommendations to resolve vocational issues. Except when necessary to make a determination regarding whether a deceased worker was totally and permanently disabled at the time of death, the department will only authorize a forensic evaluation when previous vocational referrals have not resolved an injured worker's vocational issues.

(1) The recommendations may include, but are not limited to:

(a) Vocational rehabilitation services are not appropriate. The vocational rehabilitation provider will provide the rationale for the recommendation.

(b) Vocational rehabilitation services are appropriate. The vocational rehabilitation provider will provide specific suggestions for the type of vocational rehabilitation services recommended.

(c) Able to work.

(d) Further clarification of medical or vocational issues is needed. The vocational rehabilitation provider will identify issues impacting the vocational rehabilitation process and requiring clarification.

(2) Covered services include, but are not limited to:

(a) Reviewing medical and vocational records;

(b) Identifying barriers to employment and possibilities for resolving the barriers;

(c) Coordinating with providers to obtain physical, mental and vocational capacities and restrictions;

(d) Identifying training needs and resources.

Vocational recommendations must follow department guidelines and have supporting documentation attached.)) (1) A forensic evaluation constitutes an analysis of prior vocational services and the medical conditions of an injured worker, including pre and post injury, to determine whether any further vocational services are necessary and likely to enable the injured worker to become employable at gainful employment. Services that may be conducted in order to make a recommendation to the department may include, but are not limited to:

(a) Reviewing medical and vocational records;

(b) Obtaining, clarifying, and/or evaluating an industrially injured or ill worker's:

(i) Work and/or education history;

(ii) Skills, knowledge and aptitudes;

(iii) Physical capacities information related to the injury or other medical conditions;

(c) Identifying barriers to employment and possibilities for resolving the barriers;

(d) Identifying potential training needs and resources;

(e) Performing recommended services as needed to make a recommendation. These services may include conducting and writing job analyses, conducting labor market surveys, performing transferable skills analysis and performing occupational research.

(2) Recommendations must address the return to work priorities in RCW 51.32.095(2) and be documented by providing evidence of previous services and/or services performed under this referral.

(3) Development of a vocational rehabilitation plan is specifically precluded during a forensic evaluation.

(4) Any vocational provider that has provided any vocational rehabilitation services to the industrially injured or ill worker may not receive a referral for a forensic evaluation of that industrially injured or ill worker. Any vocational provider who begins a forensic evaluation cannot receive further vocational referrals for that worker.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-130, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 296-19A-135   What reports does the department require when forensic services are provided?   A forensic evaluation requires thirty-day progress report(s) and a final report.

(1) Progress reports. Each progress report must include:

(a) A detailed explanation why the forensic referral was not completed as of the date of the report;

(b) A summary of all activities taken in the past thirty days, including progress on previously recommended actions;

(c) Identification and analysis of any barriers preventing completion of the referral; and

(d) A description of the specific actions the provider intends to take to overcome barriers and the expected time frame to complete those actions.

(2) Final report. The final report must include recommendations and a recommended outcome. The report must comprehensively evaluate the vocational and medical aspects of the claim so that the adjudicator can make an appropriate vocational decision. The vocational provider must designate an outcome in the closing report when the forensic evaluation is complete. The recommendations may include, but are not limited to:

(a) Able to work: The injured worker is employable at gainful employment. The report must include:

(i) Whether the worker is employable with the employer of injury or current employer, or if not, a list of job possibilities for which the worker is qualified;

(ii) A medically approved job analysis. When this is not obtainable, medically approved physical capacities information supporting the worker's ability to perform the job may be used; and

(iii) Labor market information supporting the provider's recommendation. Labor market information is not necessary when the injured worker is medically released to work for their job of injury at their previous work pattern.

(b) Further services appropriate: Vocational rehabilitation services are necessary and likely to enable the injured worker to become employable at gainful employment. The report must include:

(i) An analysis demonstrating how vocational rehabilitation plan development services are necessary and likely to enable the injured worker to become employable at gainful employment.

(ii) The specific return to work possibilities investigated and the reasons why they were ruled out, including labor market information when necessary.

(c) Further services not appropriate: The injured worker is not likely to benefit from vocational services. The report must include:

(i) An analysis explaining why vocational services are not appropriate;

(ii) Identifying barriers that will make it unlikely the worker will benefit from vocational services, consistent with the requirements in WAC 296-19A-010(1);

(iii) Medical, labor market, and/or other information, as necessary, supporting the provider's recommendations.

(d) Return to work: The injured worker has returned to work. The report must specify and/or document attempts to obtain the following information:

(i) A description of the job the worker returned to;

(ii) The name of the employer;

(iii) The date that the worker returned to work;

(iv) The worker's monthly wages.

(e) Further clarification of medical issues is needed. The vocational rehabilitation provider will identify issues impacting the vocational rehabilitation process and requiring clarification.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 296-19A-137   When can the department request a stand alone job analysis?   The department can request a stand alone job analysis to analyze the requirements and characteristics of a job(s), an injured worker's ability to perform job functions and duties, and whether the injured worker requires further vocational rehabilitation services in order to become employable at gainful employment. Stand alone job analysis services are distinct services from any other referral type and may not be performed in conjunction with another referral for vocational rehabilitation services. A referral for a stand alone job analysis may be made at any time while the claim is open or in provisional status. The provider shall conduct an on-site job analysis whenever possible. Stand alone job analysis services must be completed and submitted to the department within fifteen calendar days of the referral assignment. The provider shall prepare a report addressing all elements set forth in WAC 296-19A-170.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-140   What information must a provider include in a labor market survey?   (1) The following information must be included in a labor market survey((:

(a) The specific job title surveyed:

(b) If the provider completes a LMS on a referral, include a summary;

(c) Indicate in the summary whether the industrially injured or ill worker has the physical and mental/cognitive capacities to perform the job, based on either the industrially injured or ill worker's attending physician or the preponderance of medical information; and

(d) The LMS must note the name of the surveyor and list all employer contacts, positive and negative, and the dates of contact.

(2) A positive labor market exists if one of the following circumstances is present:

(a) If the provider performs a LMS to assess the industrially injured or ill worker's employability, it is considered positive if the LMS shows enough jobs suitable for that injured worker, consistent with WAC 296-19A-010(1); or

(b) If the provider performs a LMS for a vocational rehabilitation plan, it is considered positive if the LMS shows the proposed job goal, and jobs suitable for that injured worker, consistent with WAC 296-19A-010(1), exist in sufficient numbers to reasonably conclude that the worker will be employable at successful plan completion.

(3) The labor market survey report must include, or document attempts to obtain:)) that is submitted to the department as documentation in support of a vocational recommendation. This information must be presented in the form of a summary report and accompanied by the results of the individual employer contacts:

(a) The specific job title surveyed and its DOT code. If the DOT code is not an accurate reflection/description of the job, then list the specific job surveyed, the occupational code and the source from which the occupational code was obtained;

(b) The name of the surveyor;

(c) A summary of all contacts and the dates of contact;

(d) A summary of whether or not the industrially injured or ill worker has the physical and mental/cognitive capacities to perform the job, based upon information from the attending physician or from a preponderance of medical information;

(e) A summary of whether the labor market matches the industrially injured or ill worker's work pattern;

(f) A summary of whether the labor market is considered positive or negative, as follows:

(i) If the labor market survey is conducted during an ability to work assessment, a labor market is considered positive if it shows that there are sufficient job opportunities in the worker's relevant labor market to enable the injured worker to become employable.

(ii) If the labor market is conducted during a plan development, a labor market is considered positive if it shows that jobs suitable for the injured worker for the proposed job goal exist in sufficient numbers to reasonably conclude that the worker will be employable at plan completion.

(g) Additional information may be presented in the summary, but only as a supplement to the labor market survey. Additional information may include, but is not limited to, published statistical data regarding occupations and projected job openings.

(2) The following information must be obtained from the individual employer contacts and submitted to the department with the summary report. If the information is not available, the VRC should document attempts made to obtain the information and why it was not available.

(a) The specific job title surveyed;

(b) All specific employer contacts, including their firm names, phone numbers, contact name and job title;

(c) Physical and mental/cognitive demands of the job in relation to the industrially injured or ill worker's physical and mental/cognitive capacities;

(d) Minimum hiring requirements and the skills and training commonly and currently necessary to be gainfully employed in the job;

(e) Work patterns;

(f) Number of positions per job title;

(g) Wage;

(h) Date of last hire;

(i) Number of current openings; and

(j) ((A summary of the labor market survey results and whether the survey is)) An indication of whether each contact was considered positive or negative. The provider must include specific documentation to support why a contact was positive or negative for the recommended occupation or proposed vocational goal.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-140, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-170   What information must a provider include in a job analysis?   When completing a job analysis, the vocational rehabilitation provider must:

(1) Include identifying information on each page. This information includes the worker's name and claim number, and ((job title and DOT number)) the specific job title surveyed and its DOT code. If the DOT code is not an accurate reflection/description of the job, then list the specific job surveyed, the occupational code and the source from which the occupational code was obtained;

(2) Note the name of the vocational rehabilitation provider who completed the job analysis, where the provider completed the job analysis and the date of the job analysis. If the analysis is ((done on-site)) based on site specific information, include the employer name and employer contact person(s) name(s) with phone number(s);

(3) Describe the essential functions and all other tasks required to perform the job. Essential job functions are the basic, necessary, and integral parts of a job performed by a worker;

(4) List the tools and equipment required to do the job;

(5) Evaluate and describe the ((competencies)) skills required to perform the job;

(6) Evaluate and describe the physical demands and their frequency required to perform the job((. This must include demands for sitting, standing, lifting, etc)), utilizing the physical demands listing consistent with the DOT. If the DOT does not represent an accurate reflection/description of the job, then list the specific job surveyed, the physical demands and the source from which the physical demands listing was obtained. The vocational rehabilitation provider should pay special attention to any job duties and physical demands that may be affected by the industrially injured or ill worker's condition;

(7) Describe, if pertinent, any environmental hazards encountered on the job;

(8) Describe possible modifications to the job for employer job offers or job modifications;

(9) A section for medical approval, signature, and comments; and

(10) The signature of the vocational rehabilitation provider presenting the job analysis for review and date signed.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-170, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-180   ((What job modification assistance benefits are available)) When may the department authorize job modifications?   As provided for in section 13, chapter 63, Laws of 1982 (RCW 51.32.250), the supervisor or supervisor's designee, in his or her discretion, may ((pay job modification costs. This payment is intended to be a cooperative participation with the employer and funds shall be taken from the appropriate account within the second injury fund)) authorize job modifications when the following criteria are met:

(1) The claim is open or in statutory pension status; and

(2) Due to the restrictions related to the accepted industrial condition to the worker:

(a) Is in a light-duty job (graduated or transitional) and the modification is necessary to return the worker to the job of injury or a new job; or

(b) Is off work and the modification is necessary to return the worker to the job of injury or a new job; and

(3) An employer-employee relationship exists.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-180, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-190   How much is available for job modification assistance?   An amount not to exceed five thousand dollars from the department is available per worker per ((modification)) job or job site. If combined with prejob accommodations for the same return to work goal, the maximum combined benefit available for job modification and prejob accommodation is five thousand dollars. The employer may add to this amount with its own contribution.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-190, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 296-19A-191   When may the department authorize prejob accommodations?   As provided for in RCW 51.32.095(4), the supervisor or the supervisor's designee, in his or her discretion, may authorize prejob accommodations when the following criteria are met:

(1) The claim is open or in statutory pension status; and

(2) The injured worker's attending doctor certifies that the prejob accommodations are medically necessary due to the effects of the accepted industrial condition; and

(3) The prejob accommodation is medically necessary to enable the industrially injured or ill worker to:

(a) Participate in an approved retraining program; or

(b) Perform the essential functions of a job or a return to work goal in which the worker is seeking employment consistent with a completed retraining plan or the recommendations of an ability to work assessment; and

(4) No employer-employee relationship exists.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 296-19A-192   How much is available for prejob accommodations?   An amount not to exceed five thousand dollars from the department is available per worker per claim. If combined with job modifications for the same return to work goal, the maximum combined benefit available for job modification and prejob accommodation is five thousand dollars.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 296-19A-193   What documentation must be submitted to the department for prejob accommodations?   (1) A vocational provider assisting the injured worker in applying for prejob accommodation assistance must submit to the department a prejob accommodation assistance application. Prejob accommodations assistance applications shall be submitted on a form prescribed by the department.

(2) The prejob accommodation assistance application shall include, but is not limited to:

(a) A document supporting the need for prejob accommodation;

(b) A description of the prejob accommodation;

(c) An itemized account of each expense to be incurred in the prejob accommodation;

(d) An ownership agreement;

(e) Physician's certification of medical necessity.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-200   How does an employer apply for job modification assistance?   (1) An employer requesting job modification assistance must submit to the department a job modification assistance application. A vocational provider may assist the employer with the application.

(2) The job modification assistance application shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) A document supporting the need for job modification;

(b) A description of the job modification; ((and))

(c) An itemized account of each expense to be incurred in the job modification. Job modification assistance applications shall be submitted on a form prescribed by the department; and

(d) An ownership agreement.

(3) The supervisor or supervisor's designee shall accept, reject or modify the job modification application within thirty days of receipt. Notification of the supervisor's acceptance, rejection, or modification shall be in writing.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-200, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 12/1/00)

WAC 296-19A-210   What are the qualifications to provide vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers?   Provider community commentary, expert opinion and best practices suggest that there is a correlation between a higher quality level of vocational rehabilitation services and higher qualifications of vocational rehabilitation providers. To ensure the provision of the highest possible quality of vocational rehabilitation services, the department shall only issue a provider number to persons, firms, partnerships, corporations, and other legal entities that meet the following qualification requirements:

(1) Vocational rehabilitation counselor (VRC).

(a) VRCs not registered with the department and applying for a provider number with the department effective on or after December 1, 2000, must meet the following minimum qualifications:


Education

Masters Degree

Experience

1 year full-time industrial insurance experience

Certification

and CRC or CDMS or ABVE

OR
Bachelors Degree 2 years full-time industrial insurance experience and CRC or CDMS
CRC = Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
CDMS = Certified Disability Management Specialist
ABVE = American Board of Vocational Experts

(b) VRCs registered with the department ((prior to December 1)) as of November 30, 2000, will be required to ((apply for a provider number and will be given six years from December 1, 2000, to meet the above requirements)) meet the qualification criteria in (a) of this subsection no later than November 30, 2010.

(c) The VRC assigned to or directly receiving the referral from the referral source is responsible for all work performed by any vocational provider on that referral.

(2) VRC supervisor.

(a) In order to supervise interns providing vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers beginning on or after December 1, 2000, the VRC((/))supervisor must provide proof of five years full-time experience ((working with)) providing direct vocational services to Washington state injured workers. The VRC supervisor must meet all of the qualification requirements in subsection (1) of this section.

(b) Supervisors registered with the department ((prior to December 1)) as of November 30, 2000, will be required to ((apply for a provider number and will be given six years from December 1, 2000, to meet all VRC/supervisor requirements)) meet the qualification criteria in (a) of this subsection no later than November 30, 2010.

(c) The VRC supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all work performed by an intern for the department or self-insurer conforms with Title 51 RCW, department rules and department policies.

(3) Forensic services -- In order to provide forensic services to the department, on ((claims other than those for which the VRC provided the vocational rehabilitation services)) or after the effective date of this rule, a VRC must provide proof of ((three)) five years full-time experience ((working with)) providing direct vocational services to Washington state industrially injured or ill workers, and must possess a CRC or ABVE certification. Vocational providers previously approved to provide this service, under chapter 296-19A WAC, will retain that status.

(4) Intern.

(a) Interns not registered with the department and applying for a provider number with the department on or after December 1, 2000, must meet the following minimum qualifications:


Degree Internship Length
Masters Degree in field acceptable to CRC or CDMS or ABVE Equal to required experience to obtain CRC or CDMS or ABVE certification including at least 1 year working with industrially injured or ill workers.
OR
Bachelors Degree in field acceptable by CDMS Equal to required experience to obtain CDMS certification including at least 2 years working with industrially injured or ill workers.

(b) Interns not registered with the department and applying for a provider number with the department on or after December 1, 2000, must obtain one of the required VRC certifications within one year of completing their required internship. Interns will remain in internship status during this time frame.

(c) Interns registered with the department ((prior to December 1)) as of November 30, 2000, will be required to apply for a provider number with the department and may work as an intern until the end of their current internship. Upon completion of the internship the intern may submit an application to the department as a VRC. These providers must obtain one of the required VRC certifications by November 30, ((2006)) 2010.

(d) All interns are required to conform to Title 51 RCW, department rules, and department policies. All interns granted a provider number by the department must be supervised by a VRC supervisor.

(((5))) (e) No person shall serve as an intern under these rules for more than seventy-two months of full-time experience, or its equivalent, working with industrially injured or ill workers. The intern must notify the department when there is a change in the status of an internship.

(5) Interns may not receive referrals directly from the department or self-insured employers. Interns may perform aspects of vocational rehabilitation services under the supervision of a VRC supervisor.

(6) Providers who receive or are assigned referrals must comply with all electronic security requirements in place for accessing department files.

(7) Providers registered with the department ((prior to December 1)) as of November 30, 2000, who do not meet the above qualification requirements within the ((six-year)) ten-year period will no longer be eligible to provide vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers and the department will terminate their provider number(s).

(((6))) (8) Business requirements.

(a) Providers must comply with all federal and state laws, regulations and other requirements with regard to business operations. In order to be eligible to receive referrals from the department, providers must satisfy the requirements set forth in this subsection in every service location in which they wish to operate.

(b) Providers must be covered by general liability insurance, automobile liability insurance, errors and omission insurance, malpractice insurance, and industrial insurance if required by Title 51 RCW.

(c) Providers must have services and facilities that provide injured workers a private and professionally suitable location in which to discuss vocational rehabilitation services issues. In order to be eligible to receive referrals from the department, providers must satisfy the requirements set forth in this subsection in every service location in which they wish to operate.

(d) Providers must have telephone-answering capability during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. In order to be eligible to receive referrals from the department, providers must satisfy the requirements set forth in this subsection in every service location in which they wish to operate.

(e) In order to receive referrals made by the department, providers must maintain or have access to equipment that can utilize the department's remote access system for transmitting vocational referrals.

(((7))) (9) The department may assign a provider number to a vocational rehabilitation firm, partnership, corporation or other legal entity so long as substantial control over the daily management of the vocational rehabilitation firm, partnership, corporation or other legal entity is performed by a VRC that satisfies the qualifications set forth in this rule.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-210, filed 9/1/00, effective 12/1/00.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-240   What authority does the department have to audit vocational rehabilitation providers?   (((1))) The department has the authority to:

(((a))) (1) Conduct audits of a provider, either for cause or at random;

(((b))) (2) Conduct audits at a provider's place of business using copies and originals of all files and records maintained by the provider;

(((c))) (3) Conduct audits away from a provider's place of business, using copies of all files and records supplied by the provider;

(((d))) (4) Require a provider to submit legible copies of all files and records requested for audit;

(((e))) (5) When the department requires the provider to submit copies of records and files to the department, the provider shall submit the requested material within thirty calendar days of the request;

(6) Inspect and audit all of the provider's vocational rehabilitation files and records relating to services delivered under Title 51 RCW;

(((f))) (7) Inspect and audit a provider's documentation supporting charges billed for vocational rehabilitation services delivered.

(((2) For information regarding the formal appeals process refer to chapter 51.52 RCW.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-240, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 296-19A-245   What is the department's formal appeal process?   For information regarding the formal appeals process refer to chapter 51.52 RCW.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-260   What are the possible consequences for a provider that does not comply with the RCWs, WACs, or department policies?   The department may order corrective action(s) when it determines that a provider is not in compliance with department statute, rule, or written department policy. Possible corrective actions include, but are not limited to:

(1) Submission and implementation of a written corrective action by the provider showing how the provider will come into compliance;

(2) Recoupment of payments, plus interest, made to the provider;

(3) Requirement that the provider satisfactorily complete remedial education courses and/or other educational or training programs;

(4) Suspension or termination of ((the)) a provider's provider number and ability to receive payment for vocational rehabilitation services rendered to industrially injured or ill workers under the Industrial Insurance Act;

(5) Rejection of a provider's application to provide vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers under the Industrial Insurance Act;

(6) Denial or rejection of a request for payment submitted by or on behalf of the provider;

(7) Placement of the provider on prepayment review status requiring the submission of supporting documents prior to payment;

(8) Assessment of penalties.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-260, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-270   In what situation(s) can the department take corrective action(s)?   (1) Reasons the department can order corrective actions against a vocational rehabilitation provider include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a) Charging the department for services that do not contribute to the completion of a vocational referral, including, but not limited to:

(i) Preparation and submission of job analyses during plan development for jobs that are beyond the worker's documented or expected capacities and physical abilities as demonstrated by the medical information in the file at the time the job analysis was performed;

(ii) Preparation and submission of job analyses or labor market surveys during early intervention or assessment that are not supported by the injured worker's education, work history and/or transferable skills as demonstrated by the information in the file at the time the job analysis and/or labor market survey was performed;

(iii) Hand delivery of records when other less expensive means of delivery are reasonably appropriate and available;

(b) Commission of an act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption relating to the provision of vocational rehabilitation services whether the act constitutes a crime or not;

(((b))) (c) Misrepresentation or concealment of a material fact in obtaining a department provider number, or in response to any request for information about service delivery made by the department;

(((c))) (d) Provision of vocational rehabilitation services without having a department provider number;

(((d))) (e) Use of persons that do not possess a department provider number to deliver vocational rehabilitation services;

(((e))) (f) Operation of a vocational firm, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity in violation of the business requirements set forth in RCW, WAC, or written department policy;

(((f))) (g) Use of false, fraudulent, or misleading advertising;

(((g))) (h) Commission of any incompetent or negligent action which presents the significant risk of resulting in harm to an industrially injured or ill worker, the referral source, or an employer;

(((h))) (i) Submission of a false or misleading report or document as part of delivering vocational rehabilitation services;

(((i))) (j) Failure to supervise a vocational rehabilitation intern in accordance with RCW, WAC, or written department policy;

(((j))) (k) Failure to comply with any order issued by the department;

(((k))) (l) Disclosure of confidential information on vocational rehabilitation services to a person who is not entitled to it;

(((l))) (m) Unauthorized disclosure of confidential claim information, including, but not limited to, private health care information;

(n) Charges an industrially injured or ill worker or employer a fee for delivering vocational rehabilitation services on a referral from the referral source; and

(((m))) (o) Bills an industrially injured or ill worker or state fund employer for providing services under the Industrial Insurance Act.

(2) The department can take corrective action(s) for other violations of RCW, WAC, or written department policy not specifically mentioned above.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-270, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-300   How does the department evaluate performance when a vocational rehabilitation provider does not have either a performance rating with the department or previous experience delivering services to Washington injured workers?   (1) Several situations exist in which a vocational rehabilitation provider may not have a performance rating with the department or may not have sufficient experience with Washington industrially injured or ill workers covered by the department to establish a performance rating.

(2) Provider community commentary, expert opinion and best practices suggest that there is a correlation between a higher level of vocational rehabilitation services and higher qualifications of vocational rehabilitation providers. Based upon this information, the department concludes that referrals to providers who satisfy these minimum qualification criteria set forth in WAC 296-19A-210 (1)(a) ((and (2)(a))), but who do not have a performance rating with the department, may be appropriate. The department will ensure that these providers are complying with department statutes, rules, and policies and furnishing a high level of service through close and continued monitoring. The department may consider making referrals to vocational rehabilitation providers, on a trial basis, for whom the department does not have performance rating data, under the following circumstances:

(a) The provider fulfills the qualification requirements set forth in WAC 296-19A-210 (1)(a)((, (2)(a))); and

(b) The department may consider making referrals sufficient to develop a reliable performance rating.

(3) If the department elects to refer and monitor a limited number of cases to the provider(s) in order to evaluate a provider's performance and develop performance rating, the department makes no guarantee of future referrals to the provider.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-300, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-350   What are the requirements for case notes?   Vocational rehabilitation providers must maintain case notes. Case notes must:

(1) Include the first and last name of the industrially injured or ill worker being served and the worker's claim number at the top of each page;

(2) Include the first and last name of the vocational rehabilitation provider providing each service documented on each page;

(3) Be kept in a claimant file corresponding to the reports, medical information, correspondence, and other materials that they provide documentation for;

(4) Testing and other records with special confidentiality requirements may be kept in separate files;

(5) Be legible;

(6) Be in chronological order;

(7) Record the date each service was provided month month/day day/year year;

(8) For providers who bill for vocational services, include the amount of time, recorded in tenths of an hour, required to provide each service;

(9) Describe each service sufficiently to allow the referral source to verify the purpose, level, type, and outcome of each service provided and substantiate the charges billed for them.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-350, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-400   What records are vocational rehabilitation providers required to maintain?   (1) A vocational rehabilitation provider must maintain adequate documentation in claimant-specific files to verify the level, type, and extent of the vocational rehabilitation services provided to and on behalf of industrially injured or ill workers.

(2) A vocational rehabilitation provider who requests payment from the referral source for vocational rehabilitation services must maintain all records necessary for the director's authorized auditors to audit the provision of services. Providers need to keep all records necessary to disclose the specific nature and extent of all services provided for an industrially injured or ill worker, along with the amounts billed to the department, for those services. Records must be maintained for audit purposes for a minimum of five years from the date of closure by the provider.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-400, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]

VOCATIONAL DISPUTES
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-440   What elements of a vocational determination may be disputed?   (1) A finding that an industrially injured or ill worker is eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, or a finding that he or she is ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services, may be disputed.

(2) An approved vocational rehabilitation plan may also be disputed.

(3) An approved plan modification may also be disputed.

(4) A previously approved vocational rehabilitation plan may not be disputed through a plan modification dispute process.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-440, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-18-078, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01)

WAC 296-19A-480   When must providers comply with these rules?   (1) The amendments to the following section of chapter 296-19A WAC becomes effective on ((December 1, 2000:

WAC 296-19A-210 What are the qualifications to provide vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers?

(2) The following sections of chapter 296-15 WAC become effective on December 1, 2000:

(a) WAC 296-15-500 What vocational rehabilitation reports are required for self-insured employers?

(b) WAC 296-15-510 What is the process used for vocational rehabilitation with regard to self-insured employers?

(3) All remaining sections of chapter 296-19A WAC become effective on June 1, 2001.)) July 1, 2003:

WAC 296-19A-137 "When can the department request a stand alone job analysis?"

(2) The following amendments to chapter 296-19A WAC and new sections become effective February 1, 2004:

WAC 296-19A-010 "Definitions."

WAC 296-19A-020 "When may the department offer vocational rehabilitation services?"

WAC 296-19A-025 "What information does the department consider when exercising discretion?"

WAC 296-19A-030 "What are the responsibilities of the parties?"

WAC 296-19A-040 "What vocational rehabilitation services require authorization?"

WAC 296-19A-045 "Which rules under 'department vocational rehabilitation referrals' apply only to the department?"

WAC 296-19A-060 "What reports does the department require when early intervention services are provided at its request?"

WAC 296-19A-065 "What are ability to work assessment (AWA) services?"

WAC 296-19A-070 "What is an ability to work assessment?"

WAC 296-19A-080 "How often must written progress reports be completed and submitted during assessment activities?"

WAC 296-19A-090 "What are vocational rehabilitation plan development services?"

WAC 296-19A-100 "What reports does the department require when vocational rehabilitation plan development services are provided at its request?"

WAC 296-19A-110 "What are vocational rehabilitation plan implementation and monitoring services?"

WAC 296-19A-120 "What reports does the department require when vocational rehabilitation plan implementation and monitoring services are provided at its request?"

WAC 296-19A-125 "What is the purpose of forensic services?"

WAC 296-19A-130 "What are the requirements for a forensic evaluation?"

WAC 296-19A-135 "What reports does the department require when forensic services are provided?"

WAC 296-19A-140 "What information must a provider include in a labor market survey?"

WAC 296-19A-170 "What information must a provider include in a job analysis?"

WAC 296-19A-180 "What job modification assistance benefits are available?"

WAC 296-19A-190 "How much is available for job modification assistance?"

WAC 296-19A-191 "What prejob accommodations are available?"

WAC 296-19A-192 "How much is available for prejob accommodations?"

WAC 296-19A-193 "What are the requirements for prejob accommodations?"

WAC 296-19A-200 "How does an employer apply for job modification assistance?"

WAC 296-19A-210 "What are the qualifications to provide vocational rehabilitation services to industrially injured or ill workers?"

WAC 296-19A-230 "Why does the department audit vocational rehabilitation providers?"

WAC 296-19A-240 "What authority does the department have to audit vocational rehabilitation providers?"

WAC 296-19A-245 "What is the department's formal appeal process?"

WAC 296-19A-260 "What are the possible consequences for a provider that does not comply with the RCWs, WACs or department policies?"

WAC 296-19A-270 "In what situation(s) can the department take corrective action(s)?"

WAC 296-19A-300 "How does the department evaluate performance when a vocational rehabilitation provider does not have either a performance rating with the department or previous experience delivering services to Washington injured workers?"

WAC 296-19A-350 "What are the requirements for case notes?"

WAC 296-19A-400 "What records are vocational rehabilitation providers required to maintain?"

WAC 296-19A-440 "What elements of a vocational determination may be disputed?"

(3) All remaining sections of chapter 296-19A WAC shall remain in full force and effect.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, 51.36.110. 00-18-078, 296-19A-480, filed 9/1/00, effective 6/1/01.]

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