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WAC 296-19A-050
What are Early Intervention services?

WAC 296-19A-060
What reports does the department require when requesting Early Intervention services?
1 (a) (b) (c) (d) progress reports
(2) (3) and (4) closing reports.

About Early Intervention

Early Intervention (EI) can help an injured worker return to work.

A job analysis for the job of injury is required to determine if the worker can perform a light-duty job.

A vocational recommendation should indicate whether the employer offered a job.

Definitions of different types of work

Graduated return-to-work - Increasing the number of hours until the worker is back up to the work pattern at the time of injury.

Transitional return-to-work - A temporary job where the worker is expected to be able to go back to the job of injury during early intervention.

Light-duty work - A job with less physical demands than the time of injury job.

Temporary work - A job that isn't ongoing.

Extension of the early intervention fee cap

A provider may request an extension of an Early Intervention (EI) fee cap when one of the following circumstances exists:

  • Graduated return-to-work (GRTW).
  • Work hardening (WH).

To request a fee cap extension, a vocational provider needs:

  • A job offer from the employer of record.
  • Medical approval for the program.
  • Program start and end dates.

The program is limited to 20 hours of professional costs and is only allowed 1 time per claim. The extension cannot exceed:

  • 12 weeks duration for GRTW.
  • 4 to 6 weeks for WH.

To bill the extension, vocational provider needs prior authorization by the claim manager. The extension doesn't create a new referral. Regular early intervention codes end when the extension is approved. The codes for the extension are:

  • 0802V - Vocational rehabilitation counselors.
  • 0803V - Interns.

Under RCW 51.32.090 (app.leg.wa.gov), employers may use a job description to offer light duty work when a vocational referral hasn't been made.

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