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Workers' Compensation Rule 16-5 classifies medical providers in two groups: Physician and Non-Physician.
Physician providers include MDs, DOs, Chiropractors, Podiatrists, and Dentists. These professions are eligible to become Level I or Level II accredited under the statute.
Non-physician providers may include Physicians' Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Acupuncturists, and others. The Division of Workers' Compensation considers non-physician medical providers essential to the delivery of quality health services to injured workers, and recognizes those services in the Division's Fee Schedule and Medical Treatment Guidelines.
Because of the increasingly visible and important role of non-physician providers not only in workers' compensation, but in general health care, the Division encourages those practitioners to take advantage of various educational opportunities that the Division offers. These opportunities include auditing the Level I and/or Level II Accreditation courses, or attending any other public presentations that are occasionally offered, such as those on the fee schedule or the introduction of new treatment guidelines. Practitioners who audit the Division's accreditation course(s) may elect to have their name and contact information included in a list published on this website.
Practitioners who audit Level I Accreditation may receive information in the areas of assessing and reporting, causation, billing, utilization of medical treatment guidelines, application of workers' compensation rules and spinal inlinometry within the workers' compensation system.
Practitioners who audit Level II Accreditation may receive information in the areas of assessing and reporting, causation, application of workers' compensation rules, spinal inclinometry, and calculation of impairment ratings.
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