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The number of designated doctors in the state continues to decline, with only 251 doctors (63 MDs, 11 DOs, and 177 DCs) now certified to perform exams, a decrease from the 273 certified doctors a year ago. So last month’s private letter ruling by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts that DD exam charges are now taxable was especially unwelcome, as it was expected to result in even more DDs jumping ship.

We are relieved to report that the Comptroller delayed implementation of its ruling that charges for designated doctor exams are subject to Texas sales and use tax until after the 2023 legislative session to allow DWC and system participants to seek a legislative change. Designated doctors are not currently required to collect tax on charges for exams.

In other news, proposed rule changes and increased fees for DDs and RMEs are on the agenda for the stakeholder meeting scheduled tomorrow, Thursday, December 1, at 1:30 p.m. A draft revised fee schedule includes proposed increases for all elements of DD and RME exams, and new fees for missed appointments and specialists:

Comments to the proposed changes should be emailed no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, December 16, 2022 to with “Chapters 133 and 134 Informal Posting” noted in the subject line. You may also mail or deliver comments to Legal Services, MC-LS Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation, P.O. Box 12050, Austin, Texas, 78711.

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