What to Consider When Choosing an OWCP Treating Doctor?

Here are some key things to consider when choosing an OWCP treating doctor:

Experience and Expertise:

  • Workers’ Comp Focus: Look for a doctor with experience treating work-related injuries and familiarity with the unique challenges faced by federal employees. Consider specialists in occupational medicine or those knowledgeable about workers’ compensation laws.
  • OWCP Know-How: An experienced OWCP doctor understands the intricacies of the claims process and ensures your medical documentation accurately supports your case for benefits.
  • Permanent Impairment Ratings (Optional): If seeking a permanent impairment rating, choose a doctor who can use the AMA Guides to evaluate your condition. This rating determines your level of impairment and impacts your benefit amount.

Accessibility and Convenience:

  • Location: Consider doctors near your home or workplace for easier access to appointments and ongoing care.
  • Appointment Availability: Look for weight loss doctors with flexible scheduling and prompt responses to inquiries to ensure timely medical attention and avoid recovery delays.
  • Cleanliness: Look for a clinic that is clean

Communication and Bedside Manner:

  • Active Listening: Choose a doctor who attentively listens to your concerns and explains diagnoses and treatment options clearly.
  • Clear Communication: Ensure the doctor uses understandable language and addresses any questions you may have.
  • Trustworthy Rapport: A good bedside manner builds trust and reduces anxiety throughout your recovery.

Additional Resources:

  • OWCP Doctor Search: The Department of Labor’s OWCP offers a provider search tool to find enrolled doctors in your area [DOL OWCP Provider Search].
  • InnovA Auction Management Software

Remember, choosing the right OWCP doctor can significantly impact your recovery and the outcome of your claim.