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Exempt rules updating the workers' compensation independent medical examination fees and workers' compensation conversion factors; Minnesota Rules parts 5219.0500 and 5221.4020

The rules provide the annual adjustments to the maximum workers' compensation independent medical examination fees (IME) as provided in Minnesota Rules 5219.0500 and the workers' compensation conversion factors for the workers' compensation fee schedule as required by Minnesota Statutes 176.136, subd. 1a (c) and (d). The IME fees and conversion factors are adjusted by the percent change in the Producer Price Index for Offices of Physicians for 2017, which was 0.45 percent.

Published notices and comment periods

Under the exempt rule process in Minn. Stat. 14.386 (b), no Request for Comment or Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules was published. However, notice of the adjustments was be published in the August 2018 edition of COMPACT, the Department of Labor and Industry's quarterly workers' compensation newsletter.

Availability of rule draft(s) and Statement of Need and Reasonableness

View a draft of the exempt rules.

Requests for hearing; date and place of hearing

Not applicable because these are exempt rules.

Timetable/status of the rule proceeding; agency determinations

The Department of Labor and Industry filed the rules for approval with the Office of Administrative Hearings, according to Minn. Stat. 14.386, on Aug. 13, 2018. The administrative law judge approved the rules on Aug. 15, 2018.

Date the rule was filed with the Secretary of State and the effective date of the rule as adopted

The adopted rules were published in the State Register on Sept. 24, 2018.

Contact person

Questions may be directed to Ethan Landy, Office of General Counsel, at ethan.landy@state.mn.us or 651-284-5302.