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Following Your Worker's Compensation Claim May Your Employer Communicate with Your Medical Provider?

You employer is permitted to communicate with medical providers in regard to your workers' compensation claim in the following ways:

  • Obtain Records: Whether or not your workers' compensation claim is accepted, your employer is entitled to obtain employee medical records containing relevant medical information from the employee's health care providers. Your employer can obtain these records without your express authorization, but is required to provide you with contemporaneous notice of the written request. Also, upon request, your employer must provide you with a copy of any records within 30 days of receipt.
  • Written Communication: Your employer may write to your authorized health care provider to obtain relevant medical information not contained in your medical records without your express authorization. Your employer must provide you with contemporaneous notice of the written communication and provide you a copy of any response within 10 business days of receipt.
  • Oral Communication: Your employer may call your authorized health care provider to obtain relevant medical information not contained in the medical records or available in written communications only after giving you notice and an opportunity to participate in the call. If you choose not to participate in the call, your employer must provide you with a summary of the oral communication within 10 business days of the call.

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