(a) If issues remain unresolved after a benefit review conference, the parties, by agreement, may elect to engage in arbitration in the manner provided by this subchapter. Arbitration may be used only to resolve disputed benefit issues and is an alternative to a contested case hearing. A contested case hearing scheduled under Section 410.025(b) is canceled by an election under this subchapter.
(b) To elect arbitration, the parties must file the election with the division not later than the 20th day after the last day of the benefit review conference. The commissioner shall prescribe a form for that purpose.
(c) An election to engage in arbitration under this subchapter is irrevocable and binding on all parties for the resolution of all disputes arising out of the claims that are under the jurisdiction of the division.
(d) An agreement to elect arbitration binds the parties to the provisions of Chapter 408 relating to benefits, and any award, agreement, or settlement after arbitration is elected must comply with that chapter.
Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 269, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 265 (H.B. 7), § 3.167, eff. September 1, 2005.