The assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant shall, at the first in-person contact, instruct employees of their rights and responsibilities relating to rehabilitation and of the purpose of rehabilitation services. The assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant shall sign and date the prescribed rehabilitation rights and responsibilities form at the first in-person contact with the employee, and provide the employee, insurer, and commissioner with a copy.
The disclosures required by Minnesota Statutes, section 176.102, subdivision 4, must be made at the first meeting or written communication with an employee. For purposes of the disclosures, the following terms shall have the meanings given them.
"Ownership interest" includes, but is not limited to, any partnership or holding, subsidiary, or corporate relationship as well as ordinary ownership interest.
"Business referral" means any referral arrangement, whether documented or not.
A rehabilitation provider shall be knowledgeable and informed regarding portions of the workers' compensation law and rules that directly relate to the provision of rehabilitation services. Communication of inaccurate information regarding workers' compensation is grounds for discipline.
The assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant shall file with the commissioner, by attaching to all rehabilitation plans, an initial evaluation narrative report about the employee that includes the following information in summary fashion: medical status, vocational history, educational history, social history, relevant economic factors, transferable skills, employment barriers, and recommendations. The qualified rehabilitation consultant shall file additional progress summaries, if requested by the commissioner.
The assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant shall periodically report progress and case activity in writing to the parties at reasonable intervals or as requested by the parties.
The rehabilitation provider registration number assigned by the commissioner shall be on all reports submitted by the rehabilitation provider.
The assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant shall maintain individual employee files containing required rehabilitation reports and required progress records about an employee's case and shall provide copies to the commissioner, a compensation judge, or the parties at their request or as required by rule. For the purpose of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 176, and parts 5220.0100 to 5220.1900, individual employee files containing all required rehabilitation reports and required progress records must be maintained by the qualified rehabilitation consultant firm for five years after the date of file closure. This requirement is in addition to and does not otherwise change or alter any other data retention time period required by law.
The assigned qualified rehabilitation consultant must provide the commissioner with any other requested pertinent information about a qualified employee's rehabilitation for purposes of rehabilitation monitoring by the department.
June 11, 2008
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