Medical Rehabilitation Nurses Section
The employees of the Industrial Commission’s Medical Rehabilitation Nurses Section are committed to providing excellent consultative rehabilitation services to all stakeholders through collaborative facilitation and coordination of high quality, effective medical care and vocational rehabilitation for the injured worker
What We Do
Ongoing rehabilitation case management of injured workers covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act is provided by Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals employed in private industry. The Industrial Commission’s Medical Rehabilitation Nurses Section assists with difficult cases temporarily, promoting and supporting ongoing case management within the private industry. The Nurse Section also performs specific rehabilitation activities as ordered by hearing officers within the Industrial Commission.
In addition to consultative rehabilitation services, the Nurses Section is responsible for:
- Provision of NCIC Mandatory Rehabilitation Professional Training;
- Acknowledgment of the Form 25N Notice of Assignment of Rehabilitation Professional;
- Maintenance of the NCIC Registry of Workers’ Compensation Rehabilitation Professionals.
Initial Training Course
The N.C. Industrial Commission has adopted mandatory training requirements for Rehabilitation Professionals pursuant to 04 NCAC 10C .0105 (e) (2) and (f) of the N.C. Industrial Commission’s Rules for Utilization of Rehabilitation Professionals in Worker’s Compensation Clams. For those who begin practicing case management in N.C. there is an initial training course entitled, "Worker’s Compensation Case Management in NC: A Basic Primer for Medical and Vocational Case Managers." This course must be completed within six months of the date the Rehabilitation Professional begins working N.C. cases. For class availability and registration, click here. If you have questions, contact Caron Cross at 919-807-2618 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To maintain "qualified" status a Rehabilitation Professional shall attend a two-hour refresher course entitled, "Worker’s Compensation Case Management in NC: A Refresher Course" every five years beginning with the date of the original course completion. The next live Refresher Course is scheduled for August 30, 2016 in Raleigh at North Carolina Judicial Center, 901 Corporate Center Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607. To register, click here. There will be more Refresher Courses offered soon, and a webinar will be available as soon as possible.
Pursuant to the NCIC Rules for Utilization of Rehabilitation Professionals in Worker’s Compensation Claims, Rule 04 NCAC 10C .0105(G), all rehabilitation professionals shall have a period of six months to complete the mandated course.
There are a set of rules that govern the utilization and practice of Rehabilitation Professionals in N.C. Workers’ Compensation Claims. To view these rules, click here. For a Summary of these rules for Medical Rehabilitation Professionals in English, click here; in Spanish, click here. Pursuant to Rule .0107(b), the Rehab Professional must provide the injured worker a full copy of the Rules.
There are also Medical and Vocational Summaries of the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Rules for Utilization of Rehabilitation Professionals. For a Summary of these Rules for Medical Rehabilitation Professionals in English, click here; in Spanish click here. For a Summary of these Rules for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals in English, click here; in Spanish click here. Please note the Summaries do not replace the full set of Rules but can be given to the injured worker in addition to the full Rules.
For a list of Forms related to Nursing and Rehabilitation, please click here.
Rehabilitation Professionals providing services for injured workers in North Carolina must be qualified in accordance with 04 NCAC 10C, and must be listed on the Registry of Workers’ Compensation Rehabilitation Professionals. It is the responsibility of each Rehabilitation Professional to provide and/or update licensure and certification numbers and dates. The Registry is updated weekly and those with expired dates will be removed. Licensure and certification information should be sent to Judy Fisher for addition to the Registry:
To view the Registry, click here.