Request for official information regarding ACC's policies and documentation associated with Initial Medical Assessments

David Lawson made this Official Information request to Accident Compensation Corporation

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From: David Lawson

Dear Accident Compensation Corporation,

I am writing to respectfully request pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982 the following official information.

OIA Request 1:

Please provide copies of all documentation (including but not restricted to ACC policy and ACC employee training documentation...etc) associated with the Corporation's obligation to an ACC client in arranging/facilitating the provision of an initial medical assessment for ACC's clients that was in existence as at the 18 February 2012, together with any and all new iteration's that came into effect through until 31 December 2014.

Please ensure that the official information provided under OIA Request 1 specifies/clarifies the following;

1. The prerequisites that are required prior to an ACC case manager commencing the process of arranging for an Initial Medical Assessment to be conducted.

2. The minimum and maximum timeframes after the ACC client became injured for an Initial Medical Assessment to be arranged by an ACC case manager when an ACC client is in provision of weekly compensation entitlements.

3. Complete details of what information a case manager is required to provide to the initial medical assessor prior to an ACC client being reasonably required to attend an initial medical assessment, or an initial medical re-assessment, and or to ensure that the outcomes of an initial medical assessment, or re-assessment is safe from being legally challenged by an ACC claimant due to the omission of substantive medical information held on behalf of the ACC client by the Corporation which has been subsequently found not to have been provided to he initial medical assessor prior to an initial medical assessment or re-assessment.

Official Information Request 2.

I respectfully request confirmation on an annual basis, for the past 10 years as to the number of District Court cases that have been found in favor of an ACC Client when the Corporation has followed the recommendations of an initial medical assessor and made decisions based on this information, and an ACC client has challenged the Corporation for having omitted, or the Corporation having failed to have had provided an initial medical assessor substantive medical records held by the Corporation, which has lead to a District Court Judge requiring ACC to either

(a) conduct further medical assessment/ investigations on behalf of the ACC client with the substantive medical records that had been withheld or omitted by ACC from an initial medical assessor in the first instance, followed by ACC supporting any treatment and rehabilitation entitlements for the ACC prior to ACC being able to arrange any further initial medical assessments

(b) being required to be placed in front of an initial medical assessor for a reassessment using the information previously withheld and or omitted by ACC.

(c) In the cases where the District Court has not applied name suppression, nor withheld publication of the District Court legal rulings for privacy records in the cases confirmed under OIA Request 2 (a) and (b) above, please provide the the following information for each district court ruling in the following form;

[ACC Client's Name] V Accident Compensation Corporation [Year of ruling i.e 2014] [the applicable NZACC Number] [the date of the District Court Ruling] from the NZLII New Zealand Accident Compensation Appeals - ACC Appeals website.

Under s16(2) of the Official Information Act, my preferred way of receiving a response is by email to the address from which ACC received the original request, not by post.

I thank you for your time and assistance and look forward to receiving the Corporation's provision of this official information in compliance with the time frames permitted under the Official Information Act 1982.

Yours faithfully,

David Lawson

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