June 16, 2019

SB 13-249: Establishing New Procedures for Independent Medical Examiners’ Reports in Workers’ Compensation Cases

On Monday, April 1, 2013, Sen. Lois Tochtrop introduced SB 13-249 – Concerning Procedures Regarding Independent Medical Examiners’ Reports in Workers’ Compensation Cases. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill requires the division of workers’ compensation (division) in the department of labor and employment to review an independent medical examiner’s (IME) report within five days after its receipt and either issue a notice to all parties in the case that it has received the report or to notify the IME and all parties that there are deficiencies in the report. If the IME’s report is deficient, the IME has 20 days to remedy the defects and resubmit the report. If the IME does not timely respond to the notice of deficiencies, the division shall issue a notice that it has received the IME’s report and the insurer or self-insured employer shall file an admission of liability or request a hearing to contest the findings in the IME’s report within 20 days.

On April 3, the Judiciary Committee amended the bill and sent it to the Senate 2nd Reading Consent Calendar.

Since this summary, the bill passed Second Reading in the Senate with amendments, passed Third Reading in the Senate, and was introduced in the House. It is assigned to the Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Committee.