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Physician Selection NDCC 65-05-28
If the injury is an emergency, the employee can seek treatment from any doctor.
If the injury is not an emergency:
If the doctor refers the employee to another doctor for consultation or treatment, they do not need written authorization from WSI. However, if they wish to change to a different doctor, they need to do the following:
Designated Provider form
After July 31, 2009: The time period is 30 days, not 60 days
WSI will monitor medical treatment to make sure the employee is receiving quality and appropriate medical care for their injury. When warranted, WSI may require the employee to change doctors or transfer care.
Note: (HB 1051) Effective 10/1/13 - Provides for a workers' compensation review committee study of the WC preferred provider program The study will include workforce safety and insurance preferred provider program created under sections 65-05-28.1 and 65-05.28.2
Note: (HB 1052) Effective 10/1/13 amends and reenacts section 65-05-28.2 NDCC relating to the workers' compensation preferred provider program. An employee of an employer that has selected a preferred provider may elect to be treated by a different provider provided the employee makes the election and notifies the employer in writing before the occurrence of an injury.
An employer that selects a preferred provider must give written notice and post notice in a conspicuous manner at fixed work sites and where ever feasible at mobile work sites and in a sufficient number of places to reasonably inform the employees. The written notice to the employees must provide the identity of the preferred provider and the terms of the preferred provider program at times; when the employer makes an initial selection of a preferred provider; changes the selection; to an employee at the time of hire; and at lease annually after the initial notice.