Melissa Tonn, M.D., earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1986. She has also earned an MBA and a Master of Public Health. Board certified in occupational medicine, Melissa Tonn, M.D., is the president and chief medical officer for the OccMD Group, a medical management company that provides responsible nonsubscriber employers a quality alternative to the state-administered workers' compensation system.
Generally, state workers’ compensation laws require employers to pay for medical treatment for employees injured on the job and to pay their lost wages. In exchange, the employees lose the right to sue their employers for negligence.
In Texas, employers have never been required to have workers' compensation coverage. Employers can elect to "opt out" of the state workers’ compensation program. These employers, called “nonsubscribers,” create and follow occupational injury benefit plans. A typical plan sets forth what, and how, workplace injuries will be covered and the compensation for lost time.
As is true in workers' compensation, various third party entities work with the employers, and the nonsubscriber insurance carriers to administer the program set forth in the benefit plan. There are numerous benefit consultants, network providers, third party administrators, law firms, medical management companies and ancillary service providers who perform work for nonsubscribing employers.
For over 20 years, Partnersource, a benefit consulting firm started by Bill Minick, has focused on developing programs for employers interested in becoming responsible nonsubscribers. In 1995, Dr. Tonn, and Mr. Minick met when speaking at a nonsubscriber conference, they married 2 years later. In the early 1990's, both were already well-established in their respective fields, and were highly regarded for their knowledge and expertise in the area of workers' compensation and nonsubscription. They were then, and continue to be, sought after speakers, in Texas, and nationally.
OccMD was incorporated in 2000, and in 2016, continues to be the only medical management firm solely dedicated to the nonsubscription industry.
In 2009, Partnersource was acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
An experienced physician, Melissa D. Tonn, MD, specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, workers’ compensation and disability cases, and chronic regional pain syndrome.