Panel of Physicians
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.
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.
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