- Posting a panel of at least six doctors. The panel must include one orthopedic physician and not more than two industrial clinics. A minority physician is also expected to be on the panel where possible. The employee selects one of the physicians, who provides treatment at the employer’s expense.
- Posting the name of the Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organization (WC/MCO) that the employer has contracted with to provide medical services. Notice of the eligible medical service providers must be given, as well as a 24-hour toll-free number for the MCO. An MCO representative then assists the employee in making an appointment with an eligible medical provider.
Medical Treatment and Workers’ Compensation
Intended to make things easier for people who are hurt on the job, workers’ compensation can actually be rather hard to understand – for employees AND employers. Fundamentally an accident insurance program, it provides medical, rehabilitation, and disability benefits to help injured workers get back to work or to help the dependents of a worker whose death resulted from a job-related injury. In Georgia, most employers with three or more full-time, part-time, or seasonal employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you want to know for sure, coverage can be verified by going to the Georgia Board of Workers’ Compensation website. An employee who is injured within the scope and course of employment, or who develops a workplace-related disease or condition, should report it to a supervisor as soon as possible. Waiting too long can jeopardize the chance to receive benefits. In order to get the insurance company to pay the medical bills, injured employees must choose their medical care from a short list of doctors that have been designated by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier as authorized treating physicians. Employers are required to display contact information about these selected providers through one of two means: