What happens when your treating physician, within the employer’s Medical Provider Network (MPN), finds your industrial condition to have reached a permanent and stationary status? The major issue would being whether the treating physician states you were discharged from care with or without the need for future medical treatment.
If future medical is indicated, you can proceed with designating a new treating physician from with the employer’s MPN. An alternative would be to request an evaluation with a second opinion physician. If the second opinion physician does not agree with the permanent and stationary status, then the original treating physician will have to address and comment on this in a subsequent report.
If discharged without the need for future medical, you will not be able to change treating physicians. You must then start the panel qualified medical evaluation process.
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