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April, 2008:

What is the workers’ compensation “panel of physicians”?

This is the Employer/Insurer’s pre-approved list of doctors for workers’ compensation injuries.

Georgia Law O.C.G.A. ยง 34-9-200 requires an employer to maintain a list, or panel, of six (6) different physicians, professional associations or corporations of physicians that an employee must select from to treat his on-the-job injury. At least one of the six physicians must be an orthopedic surgeon and no more than two (2) professional associations or corporations of physicians can be industrial clinics. The State Board further stresses that if the company is located in an area where it is feasible, minority physicians should be included as an option.