Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the Washington Department of Labor & Industries’ announcement that it has established its first-ever medical provider network for injured workers, which was part of the historic 2011 reforms designed to improve outcomes, reduce disability and cut costs for the state’s workers’ comp program.
As of the 1st, injured workers can see any provider for their first visit to a doctor’s office or an emergency room, but for ongoing treatment must get care from a doctor in the network. Medical providers who are not in the network will also not be paid for treating injured workers, except for initial office or emergency room visits when a claim is filed. L&I has also provided a provider lookup tool for injured workers, and also encourages providers to apply to join the network.
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