Important changes to the Designated Medical Provider law in Colorado!

March 01, 2015

By Sean Pechan, Colorado Restaurant Insurance Agency

Do you have a Designated Medical Provider List Notification Letter ready to go? You should; it’s the law.

A few years ago, employers could tell their workers about the company’s designated medical providers at the time of hire or by posting the information in the workplace. In January 2008, the law (Rule 8 of the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Rules of Procedure) changed in Colorado.

According to Rule 8, employers must give their workers at least two designated medical providers to choose from in case of a workplace accident. In addition, employers must supply written notification of those medical providers at the time of injury.

The Designated Medical Provider List Notification Letter must contain three items: 

  1. Names and contact information for at least two designated medical providers (as of 4/1/2015 new law requires four designated medical providers)
  2. Name and contact information for your company’s workers’ compensation representative
  3. Contact information for your workers’ compensation insurance carrier

According to Colorado law, this letter must be mailed or hand-delivered within seven days of notification of the injury. If an employer does not notify an injured worker in writing, the employee may seek treatment from the healthcare provider of his/her choice, thereby increasing the potential for costs to you!

New Changes Take Effect April 1, 2015

During the 2014 Colorado legislative session, state lawmakers passed House Bill 1383, which enacted additional changes to workers’ compensation law.  The new law mandates employers to increase the number of physicians for corporate medical providers they designate to treat their injured workers from 2 to 4.  The new law goes into effect April 1, 2015. To be compliant with the law, you need to provide the designated provider list notification letter to your employees at the time of injury, with four physician options listed.

There are exemptions for employers in rural areas of the state.  For more information regarding this change or anything Worker’s Compensation related please contact Sean Pechan with the Colorado Restaurant Insurance Agency at 303-830-2972.

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