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The DWC conducted free training in its Houston East Field Office on March 30 and 31 for stakeholders interested in learning more about the Division’s self-created “two-step dispute resolution process.”  The goal of the pilot program is to reduce the number of managed cases (those for which a hearing has been held but no decision can yet be issued) by bifurcating the dispute into two hearings: the first for extent of injury issues only, the second for maximum medical improvement and impairment rating.  (The DWC has yet to reveal how two hearings is any more expeditious for system participants than a managed case would be, however.)   

Nevertheless, the DWC asserts that the pilot program, which began in Weslaco and then progressed to Dallas, has been such a success that it will now be expanded throughout the state.  For the time being, the bifurcated CCH program remains voluntary.  How long it will remain so is uncertain.