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Montana bill would allow employees to choose comp treating doctor


A Montana bill introduced Tuesday would give employees the ability to choose their treating physicians in workers compensation cases.

House Bill 719 states that an insurer, managed care organization or health care provider organization is not permitted to require that an injured worker use a particular treating physician or engage in any act of intimidation, coercion or threat for or against employees when they opt to use a particular treating doctor.

The bill was sent to the House Human Services Committee for consideration.

The direction of care for comp claims is controlled by the employer or insurer in some states, by the injured worker in others, and through a combination of the parties in other states.