Frequently Asked Questions
 

BASELINE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM FAQs


4.01. What is the Baseline Assessment Program (“BAP”) and who can participate?

The BAP provides baseline neuropsychological and neurological assessment examinations to determine whether Retired NFL Football Players are suffering from cognitive impairment.  All living Retired NFL Football Players who have earned at least one-half of an Eligible Season, who did not opt out from the Settlement, and who timely registered may participate in the BAP.


4.02. Why should a Retired NFL Football Player receive a BAP baseline assessment examination?

A BAP baseline assessment examination is beneficial.  It determines whether a Retired NFL Football Player has any cognitive impairment.  If he is diagnosed with Level 1 Neurocognitive Impairment (see Injury Definitions), he is eligible to receive further medical testing and/or treatment for that condition. 

In addition, the results of a Retired NFL Football Player’s BAP baseline assessment examination can be a tool to measure any subsequent deterioration of cognitive condition throughout his life.  During the BAP baseline assessment examinations, participants are examined by at least two experts, a neuropsychologist and a neurologist, and the Retired NFL Football Player and/or his family members may ask questions relating to any cognitive impairment.

In addition, Retired NFL Football Players who participate in the BAP are encouraged to provide their confidential medical records for use in research into cognitive impairment and safety and injury prevention with respect to football players.

A Retired NFL Football Player may still submit a claim for a Monetary Award if he does not participate in the BAP.  For the next 65 years, a Retired NFL Football Player is eligible for a Monetary Award if he develops a Qualifying Diagnosis.  However, participating in the BAP ensures that, to the extent the Retired NFL Football Player receives a Qualifying Diagnosis in the future, he will receive the maximum Monetary Award to which he is entitled.


4.03. Who is a Qualified BAP Provider?

A Qualified BAP Provider is a neuropsychologist certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) or the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN), a member board of the American Board of Professional Psychology, in the specialty of Clinical Neuropsychology, or a board-certified neurologist, eligible to conduct baseline assessment examinations of Retired NFL Football Players under the BAP.  The BAP Administrator has established and will continue to maintain a network of Qualified BAP Providers to provide BAP baseline assessment examinations to Retired NFL Football Players, and to provide medical treatment, counseling and/or examination to Retired NFL Football Players who receive BAP Supplemental Benefits.  These Qualified BAP Providers were selected and vetted by the independent, Court-appointed BAP Administrator and approved for participation by Co-Lead Class Counsel and Counsel for the NFL Parties.  Qualified BAP Providers operate under the supervision of the BAP Administrator.


4.04. Can a Retired NFL Football Player choose his own doctors?

The Settlement states that only participating Qualified BAP Providers can conduct BAP baseline assessment examinations. If the Retired NFL Football Player already has a relationship with a Qualified BAP Provider, the BAP Administrator will attempt to schedule the appropriate part of the evaluation (neurological or neuropsychological) with that provider.

4.05. What is the deadline for a Retired NFL Football Player to receive a BAP baseline assessment examination?

Retired NFL Football Players have two to ten years to receive a BAP baseline assessment examination, depending on their ages.
  • A Retired NFL Football Player born on or before January 7, 1974, must receive a BAP baseline assessment examination on or before June 6, 2019.
  • A Retired NFL Football Player born after January 7, 1974, must receive a BAP baseline assessment examination on or before June 7, 2027, or before he turns 45, whichever comes sooner. 
Although all Retired NFL Football Players are encouraged to take advantage of the BAP and receive BAP baseline assessment examinations, they do not need to participate in the BAP to receive Monetary Awards.  However, any Monetary Award to a Retired NFL Football Player may be reduced by 10% if he does not participate in the BAP, as explained in more detail here.


4.06. How long will the Baseline Assessment Program be available?

The BAP will provide baseline assessment examinations for ten years from the BAP’s commencement on June 6, 2017, but Retired NFL Football Players may have a shorter deadline to receive a baseline assessment examination.  However, Retired NFL Football Players who receive a diagnosis of Level 1.0 Neurocognitive Impairment will be entitled to five years of BAP Supplemental Benefits.

4.07. How does a Retired NFL Football Player schedule a BAP baseline assessment examination and where is it done?

Retired NFL Football Players must register for Settlement benefits before they can receive BAP baseline assessment examinations.  If a Retired NFL Football Player is determined eligible, the BAP Administrator will send notice explaining how to schedule his initial BAP baseline assessment examination. 

The BAP uses a nationwide network of qualified and independent medical providers who provide the initial baseline assessment examination and any further testing and/or treatment.  The BAP Administrator will establish the network of Qualified BAP Providers, which will be available on the Settlement Website.


4.08. How long will a baseline assessment examination take?

The basic neurological exam should require one to two hours at the provider’s office.  The neuropsychological exam is more extensive and may require six to eight hours.

4.09. Is it possible to schedule both parts of the baseline assessment examination on the same day?

It will not be possible to schedule both parts of the examination on the same day due to the length of the neuropsychological examination.

Although the BAP Administrator will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the Retired NFL Football Player’s scheduling preferences, which may include scheduling the two examinations in close proximity, there is no guarantee that appointments can be set according to his preferred schedule.

4.10. Can baseline assessment examination appointments be rescheduled or cancelled?

Yes.  If a Retired NFL Football Player needs to cancel or reschedule an appointment, he or his representative should notify the BAP Administrator as soon as possible.  The administrator will contact the provider to cancel or change the appointment.  Because of the number of Retired NFL Football Players who are expected to participate in the BAP, we request that any requests to reschedule or cancel be made sufficiently in advance to allow others to be scheduled for the times.  Note that a Retired NFL Football Players who misses an appointment or who does not cancel an appointment in a timely manner may be subject to the Qualified BAP Provider’s No-Show or Late Cancellation fees.  

4.11. Does the Retired NFL Football Player have to pay for all or part of his baseline assessment examination?

No.  The BAP Fund pays for the baseline assessment examination.

4.12. What diagnoses may be made during a baseline assessment examination?

Certain diagnoses (as defined in the Settlement Agreement) may be made by Qualified BAP Providers and allow the Retired NFL Football Player to submit a claim for a Monetary Award or BAP Supplemental Benefits.  These diagnoses are:
  • Level 1 Neurocognitive Impairment (moderate cognitive impairment)
  • Level 1.5 Neurocognitive Impairment (early Dementia)
  • Level 2 Neurocognitive Impairment (moderate Dementia)
The diagnosis must meet the diagnostic criteria set forth in the Settlement Agreement, and both Qualified BAP Providers (the neuropsychologist and neurologist) performing the examination must agree on the diagnosis.  There are mechanisms in the BAP to resolve conflicts if the two Qualified BAP Providers do not agree.

The examination can also result in no diagnosis, meaning the findings from the baseline assessment examination do not meet the diagnostic criteria for Level 1 Neurocognitive Impairment, Level 1.5 Neurocognitive Impairment or Level 2 Neurocognitive Impairment as defined in the Settlement Agreement.  However, the results of the baseline assessment examination may serve as a reliable measure for any later loss of cognitive ability in connection with a later claim for a Monetary Award.

Although diagnoses of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease outside of the BAP also allow the Retired NFL Football Player to submit a claim for a Monetary Award, these diagnoses may not be made during a BAP baseline assessment examination for the purpose of qualifying for a Monetary Award.

4.13. What happens if a Retired NFL Football Player receives a diagnosis during a baseline assessment examination?

Retired NFL Football Players who receive a diagnosis of Level 1 Neurocognitive Impairment will be eligible to receive BAP Supplemental Benefits in the form of payment for approved follow-up examinations, treatments, counseling, and prescription medications.  These services will be delivered by Qualified BAP Providers and, where prescription medications are prescribed, will be filled through a Qualified BAP Pharmacy Vendor.  

Retired NFL Football Players who receive a Qualifying Diagnosis of either Level 1.5 Neurocognitive Impairment or Level 2 Neurocognitive Impairment may file a claim for a Monetary Award

4.14. What happens after a baseline assessment examination?

At the conclusion of both the examination by the neuropsychologist and by the neurologist, these Qualified BAP Providers will submit their assessments to the BAP Administrator, who will then notify the Retired NFL Football Player and, if applicable, his legal counsel, of the results.  This notification will also provide instructions for gaining access to the resulting medical records.  In addition, if the Retired NFL Football Player is eligible for BAP Supplemental Benefits or to file a claim for a Monetary Award as a result of a diagnosis, the notification will include instructions on how to seek those benefits.

4.15. Will a Retired NFL Football Player’s Monetary Award be affected if he does not participate in the BAP?

It depends on when the Retired NFL Football Player receives his Qualifying Diagnosis and the nature of the diagnosis.  There is a 10% reduction to the Monetary Award only if the Retired NFL Football Player:
  • Did not receive a Qualifying Diagnosis prior to January 7, 2017;
  • Does not participate in the BAP; and

4.16. What are BAP Supplemental Benefits?

BAP Supplemental Benefits take the form of payment for approved follow-up examinations, treatments, counseling, and prescription medications for Retired NFL Football Players diagnosed with Level 1 Neurocognitive Impairment.  To qualify for coverage, the services and medications must be generally accepted by the medical community.  The BAP Administrator will coordinate payment for these services, which will be delivered by Qualified BAP Providers and, where prescription medications are prescribed, as filled through a Qualified BAP Pharmacy Vendor. 

4.17. How long will I have to use my BAP Supplemental Benefits?

Retired NFL Football Players who are eligible for BAP Supplemental Benefits may use them during the entire term of the BAP or within five years from the date of their Level 1 Neurocognitive Impairment diagnosis, even if those five years extend beyond the term of the BAP, whichever is later. 

4.18. How much will my BAP Supplemental Benefits cover? Is there a limit?

The maximum dollar value of a Retired NFL Football Player’s BAP Supplemental Benefits will be set on June 6, 2018, upon approval of the Court, and may be subject to later adjustments with additional Court approval.


4.19. What is a Qualified BAP Pharmacy Vendor?

A Qualified BAP Pharmacy Vendor is a national pharmacy benefit manager with which the BAP Administrator will contract to provide approved pharmaceutical prescriptions covered by BAP Supplemental Benefits.

4.20. I received a form named "Baseline Assessment Program HIPAA Authorization Form."  What should I do with it?

You are required to complete this form before you schedule your baseline assessment examination.  You can fill it out and send it in to the BAP Administrator, following the directions at the end of the form.  An electronic version of this form will be available through the online portal when scheduling opens on May 8, 2017.
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