If your employer does provide you with worker’s compensation medical care, it will only be through a certified worker’s compensation health care network. This means that you must select a doctor from the pre-approved list and not any other local doctor. You should always obtain this list and keep it handy whenever you start working somewhere. If your employer does not provide you the list of doctors are requested, you can still find your way around. There are also several websites where you can find federal worker’s compensation doctors or any other medical provider that can help manage your Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) claim. Finding a TX OWCP Doctor can be extremely difficult and this is the reason that you need to be extra careful with choosing the right doctor.
You can also contact your local doctor and check if they treat any worker’s compensation patients. If your doctor cannot treat you, you can always ask your doctor, his staff members, your family members and even your friends. You can also search for other local doctors through a phone directory. While this procedure may be time consuming, it can be the smartest trick in the book. You should also not that certain doctors are licensed to practice in Texas only. Only TX OWCP Doctors can help within the state of Texas. If you are ill outside the state of Texas, you would need to select a doctor who is licensed to practice from that state. You can also refer to http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/hcprovider/status.html for a list of all the doctors that are not allowed to treat worker’s compensation patients in the state of Texas. This list has been released by the Texas Department of Insurance.
There will be cases where you may have to change your doctor depending on the illness or probably your location. However you should always consult your network before changing a doctor. Without the network’s approval, you cannot get the benefits of a worker’s compensation. In the rare scenario that you are not covered by a network, you may approach the Division of Worker’s Compensation (DWC) for their approval. You will also be needed to fill form 053 which is an ‘Employee’s Request to Change Treating Doctor’
As if getting hurt on the job was not bad enough, the added burden of finding doctors when you are physically unfit is the last thing you want. Always keep your list of doctors ready.