The purpose of a plan progress report is to inform parties of the current status of the rehabilitation plan and provide a current estimate of plan cost and duration to completion.
Except as otherwise permitted by subpart 3, six months after the assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant has filed an approved rehabilitation plan with the commissioner, the assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant shall complete a plan progress report on the form prescribed by the commissioner that contains the following:
information identifying the employee, employer, insurer, and assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant;
the employee's current medical status and work status;
the costs to date for rehabilitation services by all rehabilitation providers and the estimated costs to plan completion;
the duration of the rehabilitation plan to date and the estimated duration to plan completion; and
the identification of barriers to successful completion of the rehabilitation plan and measures to be taken to overcome those barriers.
The assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant shall file the six-month plan progress report with the commissioner within 15 days after six months have passed from the date of the filing of the rehabilitation plan. However, the plan progress report is not required to be completed if a plan amendment containing the information in subpart 2, items A to E, is filed within 15 days before or after six months have passed from the date the rehabilitation plan was filed.
Subsequent plan progress reports may be requested by the commissioner to monitor the progress of the rehabilitation plan. Subsequent reports must be filed with the commissioner within 15 days after the commissioner's written request.
The qualified rehabilitation consultant must provide copies of progress reports to the employee, the insurer, and attorneys representing the employee and insurer, at the time the reports are filed with the commissioner. The qualified rehabilitation consultant shall also provide a copy to the date of injury employer if the goal of the rehabilitation plan is to return the employee to work with that employer.
Based on the information contained in the current plan progress report and in other reports available to the commissioner, the commissioner may perform a more thorough review of the rehabilitation effort. The purpose of the commissioner's review is to determine if the plan is adequate to carry out the objectives of rehabilitation under Minnesota Statutes, section 176.102, subdivision 1, paragraph (b). The commissioner's review may include, but is not limited to the following:
requesting additional information from the assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant, the qualified rehabilitation consultant firm, and the registered rehabilitation vendor;
conducting an on-site inspection during normal business hours of the assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant's records for documentation of service provision according to the rehabilitation plan; and
June 11, 2008
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