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Panel of Physicians Legal Definition

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Panel of Physicians legal definition: The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act gives employers the right to establish what’s known as a panel of physicians. Their injured employees must treat with the health care providers on that list for the first 90 days in order to have their medical bills covered.

 

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Employers must comply with certain rules and regulations for these panels of physicians:

  • Employers must provide employees with clear notice of their rights and responsibilities as they relate to the panel of physicians.
  • The panel of physicians must be composed of at least six medical providers, and at least three of those must be doctors.
  • Employers must provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and specialties of the medical providers on the list of physicians.
  • Employers are prohibited from directing injured workers to a specific provider on their panel of physicians.
  • Health providers on the panel of physicians must be geographically accessible to employees.
  • Employers must include providers on the panel of physicians whose specialties are appropriate for the anticipated medical needs of its workforce.
 

Sources: 

https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Compensation/WC/HCSR/Pages/Physicians-List-Defined.aspx 


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