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The Texas HCN and Your Company

Beth Dean 09.15.10
Texas

Beginning in January 2011 and in conjunction with the 2005 Texas Workers’ Compensation reform bill, Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) discounts will no longer be available in certain Texas counties. To contain the costs associated with losing PPO discounts, Nextep has enrolled your company in a Texas Healthcare Network (HCN).

The HCN is a listing of certified, specialized healthcare providers who are trained to treat work-related injuries and provide injured employees with high quality, cost-effective medical care.

Going forward, injured employees in affected counties must see an HCN approved doctor.

Below is a list of counties affected by this law:

Atascosa
Austin
Bandera
Bastrop
Bexar
Blanco
Brazoria
Brazos
Brooks
Burleson

Burnet
Caldwell
Cameron
Chambers
Collin

Dallas
Delta
Denton
Duval
Ector

Ellis
El Paso
Frio
Fort Bend
Grimes
Hardin
Harris
Henderson
Hidalgo
Hill

Hood
Hopkins
Howard
Hunt
Jefferson
Jim Hogg
Jim Wells
Johnson
Kaufman
Kendall
Kenedy
Kleberg
Lampasas
Liberty
Lubbock
Madison
Medina
Midland
Montgomery
Navarro
Nueces
Parker
Polk
Potter
Rains
Randall
Rockwall
San Jacinto
Smith
Somervell
Tarrant
Taylor
Tom Green
Travis
Trinity
Tyler
Van Zandt
Walker
Waller
Washington
Willacy
Williamson
Wilson
Wise
Wood

For questions, please email risk@nextep.com or call 888-811-5150.

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