Keeping in contact with injured workers and the employee’s medical providers is an important step to integrating injury-related medical care. Employers and risk managers need to gain the cooperation of medical providers to convey how the company cares about its employees.
In order to take control of the medical process, risk managers need to be familiar with different types of physicians and medical advisors. Some of the most common are:
- Primary Treating Physician
- In-house Medical Advisor
- Preferred Provider Organization Doctor
- Independent Medical Evaluation Physician
- On-site Occupational Clinic
- Physician Peer Reviewers
- Remote Health Services
The employer must know how physician selection is handled in each state – primarily: Who may select the treating physician/clinic: the employer or the employee?
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