The state of California has developed a medical provider network (MPN) to diagnose and treat work-related injuries.
Does your employer have an approved MPN? If so, what steps should you take to receive treatment through this network?
About medical provider networks
As approved by the California Division of Workers’ Compensation, a medical provider network is a group of healthcare providers formed specifically to diagnose and treat work-related injuries. The state requires an MPN to include a variety of doctors who are experienced with a variety of occupational injuries and illnesses. These doctors must follow the guidelines established by the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).
California requires all businesses in the state to have a program in place to address injuries and illnesses. This often includes steps to access a medical provider network. If your employer has an MPN, you must see a doctor who is part of the network if you are injured on the job. After your first visit, DWC guidelines allow you to choose a different provider if you wish, but one who is also part of the MPN. Under some circumstances, you might also seek treatment outside the network.
Steps to take after an injury
If you suffer a work-related injury, seek emergency treatment if necessary. You must also notify your employer about the injury promptly. Your employer should provide you with a claim form to complete in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits. You can rely on legal guidance if you find the MPN requirements confusing or restrictive, or if you need assistance in completing and submitting the workers’ compensation claim form.