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Definition of Predesignation

Predesignation, predesignated physician is the process that a worker uses to let their employer know that they want their personal physician to treat them in the event of a work-related injury or illness, rather than being treated at a designated medical facility. The predesignated physician is the personal physician that a worker wants to treat them if they have a work-related injury or illness.

A worker is permitted to predesignate their personal doctor of medicine, M.D., or doctor of osteopathy, D.O., to be their predesignated physician. A worker is no longer allowed to predesignate a chiropractor or an acupuncturist. Predesignation is allowed if a worker's employer has group health insurance coverage, the predesignated doctor has treated the worker in the past and has the worker's medical records, prior to a work-related injury the doctor has agreed to treat the worker for work-related injuries or illnesses and prior to a work-related injury or illness, the worker provided their employer in writing: notice that they want their personal doctor to treat them for a work-related injury or illness and they provided their employer with their personal doctor's name and business address.

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