An employer is required to post a list of physicians showing injured employees physician with whom
the Employer or insurance company has pre-approved for treatment. This list of often referred to as
the "Panel of Physicians." The Employer may maintain a traditional panel of physicians
that shall consist of at least six (6) non-associated physicians. However, Employers are allowed to
have more than six physicians on this panel. The minimum panel shall include an orthopedic
physician, and no more than two physicians shall be from industrial clinics. This panel shall
include a minority physician, where feasible. Most employers have this "traditional
In some circumstances, Employers may maintain a list of physicians known as
the “conformed panel of physicians”, which shall include a minimum of ten (10)
physicians or professional associations. The physicians and groups listed on the panel shall be
counted as a separate choice from the others listed only if they are not associated with other
physicians or groups on the panel. This panel includes the same physicians required in the
traditional panel, plus a chiropractor and a general surgeon.
Finally, Employers may
contract with a Workers' Compensation Managed Care Organization (WCMCO) certified by the Board. A
"WCMCO" provides for the delivery and management of treatment to injured employees with a
complex network of physicians. The WCMCO sets its own rules and regulations for treating the
The injured employee may select any physician on the panel and may make
one change to another physician on the panel without approval of the Employer. Additional changes
require approval of the Board or agreement of the parties. If the case is accepted under workers'
compensation, the employee will be able to treat and costs will be paid by the Employer/Insurer.
This includes prescription medications, specialist visits, and therapy. Additionally, the injured
worker may be entitled to transportation or mileage reimbursement.
If you have been
injured on the job and are confused about your rights to medical care, please feel free to contact
our office at (404) 355-3431 or visit us on the web or our blog. Our office is conveniently located at 4 Lenox Pointe,
Atlanta, GA 30324 which is at the corner of Lenox Road and Buford Highway.
Disclaimer: The information provided on Lawyers.com is not legal advice, Lawyers.com is not a lawyer referral service, and no attorney-client or confidential relationship is or should be formed by use of the site. The attorney listings on Lawyers.com are paid attorney advertisements and do not in any way constitute a referral or endorsement by Lawyers.com or any approved or authorized lawyer referral service. Your access of/to and use of this site is subject to additional Terms and Conditions.
Martindale-Hubbell and martindale.com are registered trademarks; AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks; Lawyers.com and the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated Icon are service marks; and Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are trademarks of Internet Brands, Inc., used under license. Other products and services may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.