Article 2. Medical and Hospital Treatment - California Labor Code Section 4610.3
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4610.3. (a) Regardless of whether an employer has established a
medical provider network pursuant to Section 4616 or entered into a
contract with a health care organization pursuant to Section 4600.5,
an employer that authorizes medical treatment shall not rescind or
modify that authorization after the medical treatment has been
provided based on that authorization for any reason, including, but
not limited to, the employer's subsequent determination that the
physician who treated the employee was not eligible to treat that
injured employee. If the authorized medical treatment consists of a
series of treatments or services, the employer may rescind or modify
the authorization only for the treatments or services that have not
already been provided.
(b) This section shall not be construed to expand or alter the
benefits available under, or the terms and conditions of, any
contract, including, but not limited to, existing medical provider
network and health care organization contracts.
(c) This section shall not be construed to impact the ability of
the employer to transfer treatment of an injured employee into a
medical provider network or health care organization. This
subdivision is declaratory of existing law.
(d) This section shall not be construed to establish that a
provider of authorized medical treatment is the physician primarily
responsible for managing the injured employee's care for purposes of
rendering opinions on all medical issues necessary to determine
eligibility for compensation.
Last modified: February 16, 2015