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Physician Selection Provided by Workers' Compensation Statutes    306(f.1)(1)(i) 

If the employer has posted a list of six or more physicians or health care providers in the workplace, then the employee is required to visit one of them for initial treatment and continue treatment with that provider or another on the list for a period of 90 days following the first visit. The employee may choose any provider on the list. The employer can not require or direct the employee to any specific provider on the list. 

There are some specific guidelines provided in the rules and regulations for the provider lists: 

  • The employer must provide a clearly written notice to employee of the employee's rights and duties. Sample Form 
  • The notice must be signed by the employee at the time of hire, whenever changes are made in the list and at the time of injury.  
  • The list must contain at least six providers; three of the six providers must be physicians.  
  • Providers as defined in the Act are more than just physicians.  
  • Each provider's name, address, telephone number and specialty must be included on the list. 
  • If a particular specialty is not on the list and the specialty care is reasonable and necessary for treatment of the work injury, the employee will be allowed to treat with a health care provider of his or her choosing. 
  • The employer may not direct the employee to any specific provider on the list. 
  • The employee may switch from one designated provider to another designated provider. 
  • Listed providers must be geographically accessible. 
  • Listed providers must contain specialties appropriate for the anticipated work-related medical problems of the employee. 

If the employer's list of designated providers fails to comply with the Act and the regulations, the employee has the right to treat with a provider of his or her choice.  

If a listed provider prescribes invasive surgery, the employee is entitled to a second opinion. Treatment recommended as a result of the second opinion must be provided by a listed provider for 90 days. After 90 days, the amployee can seek treatment with any physician or other health care provider they select. The employee must notify their employer of the provider selected. The employer or the employer's insurance carrier is entitled to receive monthly reports from the physician or provider that is treating.