Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Workers' Compensation Division

Rule Rule 436-060-0190
Monetary Adjustments among Parties and Department of Consumer and Business Services


(1) General. An order of the director under ORS 656.307 (Determination of issues regarding responsibility for compensation payment) and OAR 436-060-0180 (Designation and Responsibility of a Paying Agent) applies only to the period before the order of the administrative law judge determining the responsible paying party. Payment of compensation made after the order may not be recovered from the Consumer and Business Services Fund, unless the director concludes payment was made before the administrative law judge’s order was received by the paying agent designated under OAR 436-060-0180 (Designation and Responsibility of a Paying Agent). After the administrative law judge’s order, any necessary monetary adjustments must be made under OAR 436-060-0195 (Miscellaneous Monetary Adjustments Among Insurers).
(2) Determination of benefits paid. When all litigation on the issue of responsibility is final, the insurer ultimately held to be responsible must, before paying any compensation, contact any nonresponsible insurer to determine what compensation has already been paid. When contacted by the responsible insurer, the nonresponsible insurer must provide the requested information necessary for the responsible insurer to make a timely payment to the worker, medical providers or others, but in any case no later than 20 days after the date of contact. Failure to respond to the responsible insurer’s inquiry in a timely manner may result in nonreimbursement otherwise due from the responsible insurer or from the Consumer and Business Services Fund.
(3) Reimbursement of nonresponsible insurers. The responsible insurer must reimburse any nonresponsible insurers for compensation the nonresponsible insurer paid that the responsible insurer is responsible for, but has not already paid, within 30 days of receiving enough information to determine the benefits paid and the relationship to the conditions involved. Any balance remaining due to the worker, medical providers or others must be paid in a timely manner under OAR 436-009 and 436-060-0150 (Timely Payment of Compensation). Payment of compensation that results in duplicate payment to the worker, medical providers or others as a result of failing to contact the nonresponsible insurer does not release the responsible insurer from the requirement to reimburse any nonresponsible insurers for its costs.
(4) Direction of unresolved adjustments. The director may direct any necessary monetary adjustment between the parties that is not otherwise ordered by the administrative law judge or voluntarily resolved by the parties. The director will not order an insurer to pay compensation above that required by law, as it relates to the insurer’s claim, except in the situation described in section (3) of this rule. Any insurer that fails to make monetary adjustments within 30 days of an order by the director may be subject to civil penalties under OAR 436-060-0200 (Assessment of Civil Penalties). Only compensation paid as a result of an order by the director under OAR 436-060-0180 (Designation and Responsibility of a Paying Agent) and consistent with this rule is recoverable from the Consumer and Business Services Fund when such compensation is not reimbursed to the nonresponsible insurer by the responsible insurer.
(5) Unnecessary costs. When the director determines improper or untimely claim processing by the designated paying agent has resulted in unnecessary costs, the director may deny reimbursement from the responsible insurer and the Consumer and Business Services Fund.
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Jun. 8, 2021