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Is any process required prior to treating workers comp patients?

July 18, 2013

Question:
Jennifer,

My practice has me treating workers comp patients but I did not go through any type of credentialing process.  I am concerned after a conversation with a colleague.  Is this okay?

Thanks,
Dr. C

Answer:

Dr. C, you are right to be concerned.  You should not be treating any workers comp patients without going through the approval process with workers comp.  Prior communications between our firm and workers comp on this topic resulting in our receipt of the following from a workers comp rep relating to this exact question:

"WCB authorized provider should treat WC patient.  Non-authorized should not treat WC patient. WC patient should be billed to WC carrier not private insurance."

Hope this helps!

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