(1) Purpose: The
general purpose of these rules is to provide an option for employees sustaining
an injury arising out of and in the course and scope of employment to utilize
(2) Scope: This chapter
and the rules within apply to all who are subject to the provisions of the
Tennessee workers' compensation law and who choose to provide or to participate
(3) These rules
clarify and set forth guidelines for the provision of telehealth services to
injured workers by employers, including insurance carriers and third-party
administrators, pursuant to the workers' compensation law.
(4) It is intended that these rules shall be
construed as much as possible consistent with other Tennessee state statutes
and rules, including but not limited to statutes and rules which have been
enacted or promulgated by the Tennessee department of health and by the
Tennessee department of commerce and insurance.
(5) In the event that these rules may
conflict with one (1) or more rules promulgated by another state agency, these
rules 0800-02-31 are intended to be controlling in workers' compensation cases
since they are more specifically related to the process and procedures of the
workers' compensation law, set forth in T.C.A., Title 50, Chapter 6. If there
is an executive order in effect that affects telehealth for workers'
compensation in any way, the executive order shall preempt these
(6) In the event that these
rules 0800-02-31, or any part thereof, are declared unenforceable for any
reason by a court of proper jurisdiction, these rules are intended to be
severable so that such rules which are enforceable may remain in full force and
effect to the extent allowed by state or federal law.