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Physician Selection MCA 71-3-15
The Workers' Compensation Law provides that an injured worker has the right to select one physician or medical provider of his or her own choosing to render treatment. This chosen provider may make one referral of the worker to another specialist to continue treatment without any approval from the employer or its insurance carrier. However, any additional selections or referrals must be approved in advance by the employer or its insurance carrier. The worker is not limited to a licensed medical doctor and may choose, for example, a chiropractor for treatment. The worker is also entitled to mileage reimbursement for trips to the doctor.
A physician to whom the employee is referred by his employer does not count as the employee's choice unless accepted as his or her choice in writing. There is no approved form for this purpose and the creation of a written acceptance form for this purpose is left to the discretion of the employer. At a minimum, such a form should explain to the employee his or her right to choose a physician and should either be notarized or witnessed, or both.