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Vol. 4, Issue 21

Find Solutions & Strategies                                May 28, 2013

Caduceus DollarSelf-Procured Treatment Outside the MPN
What if the applicant didn't intend to self-procure at his own expense?
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self-procured treatment outside MPN

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Liability for Self-Procured Treatment Outside Medical Provider Network. A WCAB panel recently held that while liens may be disallowed for medical treatment procured outside the defendant's Medical Provider Network, the applicant himself is not personally liable to the lien claimants pursuant to Labor Code 4605 when he "did not intend" to self-procure medical treatment outside of the MPN. Given that the lien claimants are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the WCAB, it would appear that they would not have any avenue with which to recover so long as the applicant "did not intend" to self-procure. Read more.


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CA: Modified Proposed Interpreter Services Rules.

CA: Eliminating Delays in Processing PQME Requests.

CA: Latest IMR Decisions Posted.

CA: SB 863 Adjustments to QME Writing Course.

CA: DWC Annual Ethics Report.

CA: CorVel Allowed to Remove Doctor From MPN.

CA: SB 439 Would Clarify Legality of Medical Marijuana.

Physician Fee Schedules Limitations re Surgery.

Physician Dispensed Meds Increased in 2011.

PEOs and 3 Recent Work Comp Insurer Insolvencies.

ACA and Health Care Delivery/Finance/Insurance Reforms.

Terrorism and Workers Comp: Al Qaeda's "Come Back".

U.S. Economic Stabilization: Impact on P/C Insurers.

Medical Cost Containment, First Responders Trends.

"Balloon Theory" Warns of Pressure on Residual Market.

NCCI Posts Residual Market State Activity Reports.

Op Ed Explores Problems With Legalizing Marijuana.

Experts Debate Over How to Safely Sell Marijuana.

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