Medical Provider Workers' Comp Professional FAQ
Why was the program developed?
The program was developed by a collaborative effort of the Education
Committee, The Medical Committee, and the Licensure and Self Insurance
Committee at the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation to
increase the medical providers understanding of Georgia’s workers’
compensation system. In recent years, many stakeholders in the workers’
compensation arena have agreed there is a direct connection between the
overall quality of our workers’ compensation system and the quality of
the medical care provided to injured workers. The Medical Provider
Workers’ Compensation Training program was developed to provide medical
providers with a better understanding of the Workers’ Compensation Act
and the responsibilities of all participants in the workers’
compensation system. While the information contained in the program is
meant to be a resource for medical providers, it is not intended to
change the role of the provider, which is to render high quality and
impartial treatment to injured workers.
Who should go through this program?
Physicians, along with any staff members assisting with workers' compensation patients (work comp manager, office manager, PA, MA). We are also getting specialists going through the program that would not ordinarily be on a panel.
What are the course requirements?
We have revamped the course and it is entirely web based to make the program more accessible for physician practices. THAT MEANS YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO ATTEND A LIVE WORKSHOP!
You have to complete 5 web based modules to complete the training.
- Introduction to the MPWCP Program
- MPWCP Training Overview of Georgia Law
- MPWCP GettingPaid
- Return To Work
- Best Practices for Medical Providers
Can you tell me a little more about how I access the training?
This brief tutorial will explain how you access the training for teh medical provider program.
What are the topics covered?
- What is workers’ compensation
- The State Board of Workers’ Compensation
- The legal effect
- Types of benefits
- Catastrophic injuries
- Who are the participants
- What is a compensable claim
- Medical Treatment Under Workers’ Compensation
- Reimbursement for a Medical Claim
- Return to Work
- Board Forms Medical Providers need to be familiar with
- Disability rating
- Use of fee schedule
- How are medical providers involved in the legal system
- Expert witness
- Doctor Notes and other documentation
- How to put together action plan
- Use of IME’s
- Medical Bill Disputes
- Release of records
What are the program benefits?
- To promote professionalism
- To improve Communication
- To assist Providers in their billing practice
What is the cost of the program?
Physicians - $395
Other than Physicians - $250
Annual Recertification - $195
Is there an annual recertfiication?
Yes, we have yearly recert for the MPWCP Program. To maintain your State Board of Workers' Compensation designation as a MPWCP (the program is a voluntary program), you must complete annual continuing education requirements through RMI beginning the first year after your initial certification. All recert work is accessible on-line 24/7.
How can Employers Insurers and TPA's help with this initiative.
The first thing you can do to support this initiative is to help us get the word out to your panel physicians. This can be done one of two ways. You can contact your panel physicians directly. Click Here
for an insert to send to your physician. Or you can send us an endorsement letter (see above) and a copy of your panel. You can email panel to firstname.lastname@example.org
. We greatly appreciate your support! If you do contact your physicians directly please shoot us a copy of your letter and we will post it on our website. Or just let us know that you assisted our efforts so you can receive special recognition at the State Boards Annual Conference. (just drop us an email)