Privately retained doctor’s reports and opinions are admissable in disability hearings but cannot be the sole basis for an award of compensation. In other words, the WCAB can consider these non MPN doctors opinions but cannot award compensation solely on their opinion. These opinions can be considered by MPN physicians or by QME doctors who have evaluated the applicant and who concur.
Medical Provider Networks – Access Standards
On appeal the workers compensation appeals board found that although defendants medical provider network did not provide a minimum of 3 physicians within 15 miles or 30 minutes of applicants residence that the network was in compliance because it had at least 3 doctors located within 15 miles of applicants work place. (8 Cal. Code Reg §9767.5(b))