Workers' Compensation Toolkit

Return to Claims Kit Home

Rhode Island Compliance



Physician Selection 28-33-8

The employee may choose their first medical care provider. Treatment at an emergency room after the accident or by a company physician does not count as the first medical care provider. The first provider may refer the employee to a specialist without prior approval from the insurer. If the employee decides to change doctors, they must first find out if the employer or insurer has an approved list of physicians, otherwise known as a "preferred provider network". If so, they must either select a physician from that list or get the approval of the employer/insurer before seeing another doctor. If the employer or insurer does not have an approved list of physicians, these restrictions do not apply.