Emergency Adoption of Laws, Rules and Regulations
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for Small Businesses and Local Governments for 12 NYCRR 300.2(d)(11)
- Effect of rule:
Approximately 2511 political subdivisions currently participate as municipal employers in self-insured programs
for workers' compensation coverage in New York State. Any independent medical exams conducted at their request
must be filed by the physician, chiropractor, psychologist or podiatrist conducting the exam or by an independent
medical examination (IME) entity. Workers' Compensation Law §137 (1)(a) does not permit self-insured employers or
insurance carriers to file these reports, therefore there is no direct action a self-insured local government must
or can take with respect to this rule. However, self-insured local governments are concerned about the timely filing
of an IME report as one filed late will not be admissible as evidence in a workers' compensation proceeding. This
rule makes it easier for a report to be timely filed as it expands the timeframe from 10 calendar days to 10 business
days. Small businesses that are self-insured will also be affected by this rule in the same manner as self-insured
Small businesses that derive income from independent medical examinations are a regulated party and will
be required to file reports of independent medical examinations conducted at their request within ten business
days of the exam, rather than ten calendar days, in order that such reports may be admissible as evidence in a
workers' compensation proceeding.
Individual providers of independent medical examinations who own their own practices or are engaged in
partnerships or are members of corporations that conduct independent medical examinations also constitute
small businesses that will be affected by the proposed rule. These individual providers will be required to file
reports of independent medical examinations conducted at their request within ten business days of the exam,
rather than ten calendar days, in order that such reports may be admissible as evidence in a workers'
- Compliance requirements:
This rule requires the filing of IME reports within 10 business days rather than 10 calendar days. Prior to this
rule medical providers authorized to conduct IMEs and IME entities hired to perform administrative functions for IME
examiners, such as filing the report with the Board, had less time to file such reports. Self-insured local governments
and small employers, who are not authorized or registered with the Chair to perform IMEs or related administrative services,
are not required to take any action to comply with this rule. As noted above, WCL §137(1)(a) does not permit self-insured
employers or insurance carriers to file IME reports with the Board. The new requirement is solely the manner in which the
time period to file reports of independent medical examinations is calculated.
- Professional services:
It is believed that no professional services will be needed to comply with this rule.
- Compliance costs:
This proposal will not impose any compliance costs on small business or local governments. The rule solely
changes the manner in which a time period is calculated and only requires the use of a calendar.
- Economic and Technological Feasibility:
No implementation or technology costs are anticipated for small businesses and local governments for
compliance with the proposed rule. Therefore, it will be economically and technologically feasible for small
businesses and local governments affected by the proposed rule to comply with the rule.
- Minimizing adverse impact:
This proposed rule is designed to minimize adverse impacts due to the current regulations for small
businesses and local governments. This rule provides only a benefit to small businesses and local governments.
- Small business and local government participation:
The Board received input from a number of small businesses who derive income from independent medical
examinations, some providers of independent medical examinations and the Medical Legal Consultants
Association, Inc. which is a non-for-profit association of independent medical examination firms and
practitioners across the State.
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