Designating a Medical Provider

In Colorado, the employer or insurance company has the right in the first instance to select the physician who attends an injured employee. This becomes the designated medical provider.

When selecting the designated physician it is extremely important to assure that you are furnishing the best medical care possible. Quality and appropriate medical care is important in cost containment and minimizing the effects of an injury to an employee. Be sure to check with your insurance company. They may have established preferred provider networks that can save additional medical expense.  

The statute requires with some exceptions, that a list of at least four physicians, corporate medical providers, or a combination of both, where available, be provided by the employer so as to afford the injured employee the opportunity to select a treating physician. At least one of the designated providers must be at a distinct location from the other three and have distinct ownership.

If no physician is properly designated, the employee may attend the health care provider of his or her choice.

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