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Littlered33

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What is the name of your state? Tn/Ky
I live in Tn but the company I worked for at the time of injury was Ky.. I'm a long haul truck driver and was injured in Ga..

My question is can The Insurance company just send my medical records to any Nurosurgeon they want to get an oppinion on my injuries and possible impairment rating?

I was already seen by a nurosurgeon my nurologist refered me to, and seen by one the Insurance company sent me to. And of course they disagreed with each other about it being a work related injury..

The reason I am asking is because today I got a bill in the mail from a Drs. Office for $500.00. So when I called to find out what this was for the billing department was under the impression that the doctor had seen me..

After she did some checking into "my" records she called me back to say that the Nurse that was assigned to my case requested this info from him..:confused: :confused:
 


Beth3

Senior Member
While I don't specifically know the WC reg's in those two States, it is HIGHLY likely the WC carrier can send you or your medical records to a physician of their choosing to obtain a second opinion and recommendation on an impairment rating. Among other things, you don't have the same right to confidentiality of your medical records as you do when you seek care for a non-work related injury or illness.

Send the bill to your employer or the WC carrier. You are not resonsible for payment. I expect the doctor's office sent it to you in error.
 
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Littlered33

Guest
Thank You Beth
I just find it so hard to believe that a doctor can give a real report on a patient when they never even see the patient.

And who is to say that W/C even turns in all the medical reports to said doctor.. Just the ones they want to send..

Thanks gain
 

Beth3

Senior Member
Littered, doctors give opinions on cases to other doctors all the time without ever seeing the patient - just using the medical history, reports, x-rays and so forth. That's not at all unusual.

For instance, you develop an unusual illness your doctor can't diagnose. He calls another doctor who is a specialist, describes you symptoms and lab test results, and the other doctor diagnoses your illness. Happens all the time.
 

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