Please remember, everything matters at what State one is in. Each issue such as this one (Doctor's) and changing them, is State regulated by their work comp rules.
What happens when an injured worker cannot find a medical provider in their area to provide medical treatment?
In Maryland, medical providers can be selected by the (injured worker) claimant; however, if they cannot find a medical provider in their area who is willing to provide medical treatment (who is willing to accept the rules of the Medical Fee Guide), it is often suggested that parties should consider contacting the employer/insurer for suggestions for medical providers in their area (the insurer is most likely to have data listing participating medical providers in the various regions of the State, based on their payment records).
Are there timelines in which an employer/insurer has to pay or provide justification for denying a medical claim?
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Medical Fee Guide (MFG) regulations define the submission of bills from the medical provider to the employer/insurer, the forms required, timeliness for payment of medical claims and penalties for untimely reimbursement. This is specified in the Medical Fee Guide regulations text posted to our Medical Fee Guide information page.
Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission
10 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-1641
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