The trial court denied an insurer's plea to the jurisdiction asserting that a non-network healthcare provider failed to exhaust administrative remedies before suing for repayment for services rendered to an injured worker. Because the statutory scheme demonstrates that the Legislature has given the Division of Workers' Compensation the sole authority to make an initial determination of medical fee disputes, the DWC has exclusive original jurisdiction over this action. A writ of mandamus is conditionally granted. Houston's 1st Court of Appeals, No. 01-12-00446-CV, 10-04-2012.
In Re Mid-Century Insurance Co. of Texas
Tex. App. Dist. 1
October 8, 2012