In order to determine medical issues in regards to workers' compensation, the parties may submit the following to an agreed upon medical evaluator: records from the treating physicians), medical records relevant to determining the medical issue. The medical evaluator must prepare a report and indicate all information received, all information reviewed for the report, and all information relied upon in forming her opinion.
If the appeals board determines that a treating physician's report contains opinions that are not supported by adequate evidence, they must notify the administrative director. If the administrative director finds that the physician's report contains a pattern of unsupported opinions, she must notify the physician's licensing board of such findings.
After selecting a physician as permitted under 4600(c), the employee or physician must give the employer the name and address of the physician. The physician must provide a report of the initial examination within 5 days of such exam and provide periodic reports as required by rules and regulations adopted by the administrative director.
A physician who provides treatment to any injured employee must file a report of every occupational injury/illness with the employer or the employer's insurer. The employee must fill out the portion of the form describing how the injury/illness occurred. The employer or insurer must file the physician's report with the Department of Industrial Relations and include the employee's social security number. If the treatment is for actual or suspected pesticide poisoning, the physician must file a report with the Division of Labor Statistics and Research and with the local health officer.
Every employer must file a report with the Department of Industrial Relations of every occupational injury or illness that results in lost time beyond the date of the injury or that requires medical treatment beyond first aid. The reports must the employee's social security number. Insured employers must file with the insurer within five days of learning about the injury. A self-insured employer, the state, or the insurer of an insured employer file within the time prescribed by the administrative director.
The Department of Corrections along with every physician or surgeon attending to an injured state prisoner must file a report with the Division of Labor Statistics and Research of every injury resulting from labor performed, unless such injury does not last through the day or does not require more than first aid treatment. If the injury results in death, the Department of Corrections must report it to the Division.
The Division of Labor Statistics and Research must send copies of received injured prisoner reports to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health may use the reports to make recommendations to the Department of Corrections of ways to improve working conditions of state prisoners.
The physician treating the injured employee or a physician designated by her shall provide opinions on all medical issues as needed to determine compensation eligibility. If there is more than one treating physician, then the primary physician shall compile a single report that includes the findings of all the physicians.