Q: Workers Comp case Nurse Wants To Go in with me to my appointed Doctor's Appointment. Is she allowed?
Injured 2 years ago and still receiving treatment and therapy. I have a followup appointment with the doctor and the assign case nurse called me telling me she was going to be with me on my next followup appointment. Is this someting they could do?
A: Workers' Comp can assign a Nurse Case Manager to your file. We refer to them as the NCM. The NCM can meet with your doctors with or without you present. However, as a matter of practice, I send a letter to the carrier and NCM (if one is assigned) advising them I represent the claimant and that the NCM may NOT attend any appointments with my client and their medical providers. I only allow the NCM to notify my clients of date/time/location of medical appointments. NCM are not your friends. They are hired by the WC adjuster. You should be nice to them but you can certainly forbid them from being in the exam room with you and your doctor. Do not be surprised, however, if they meet with the doctor right after your appointment. However, again they are allowed by law to meet with the doctors. Best wishes and I hope this helped.
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