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In May 2015, Deputy Commissioner of Hearings Kerry Sullivan initiated a limited and voluntary
pilot project that introduced a bifurcated approach to resolving cases where the resolution of an
MMI/IR issue is dependent on an active extent of injury dispute. Upon agreement of the parties
during a BRC, the issues could be split between two hearings, the first addressing extent of injury
and then, following an interlocutory alerting the parties to the expected outcome of that issue, a
second hearing to resolve MMI and IR in light of the Hearing Officer’s findings. At the time it was
announced, the pilot project was limited to proceedings conducted in the Division’s Weslaco field
office, and the success of the program was to be monitored before expanding statewide. The
Division appears to be satisfied with the results of the pilot project; in November, the Division
broadened their bifurcation project to include the Dallas Field Office. As of November 5, 2015, the
option to split the extent and MMI/IR issues between two hearings became available at the BRC